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The development and implementation of a coding scheme to analyse interview dynamics in the British Household Panel Survey

  • Sala, Emanuela
  • Uhrig, S.C. Noah
  • Lynn, Peter

The study of interviewer-respondent interaction that occurs during an interview can give very useful insights into the cognitive process of answering questions, the social dynamics that develop in an interview context and the way these dynamics ultimately impact data quality. Behaviour coding is a technique used to code such interactions. Despite its long-standing use, little is written about the procedures to be followed while developing a coding scheme. This paper provides a practical background on the development and implementation of the behaviour coding scheme adopted to explore interview dynamics in the framework of dependent interviewing. This schema was used to code approximately 150 previously transcribed interviews of the British Household Panel Study Wave 16 pilot. Coding strategies and procedures, coder recruitment and training reliability assessments as well as timetable and costs are documented and discussed.

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Paper provided by Institute for Social and Economic Research in its series ISER Working Paper Series with number 2008-19.

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Date of creation: 20 May 2008
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Handle: RePEc:ese:iserwp:2008-19
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  1. Peter Lynn & Annette Jäckle & Stephen P. Jenkins & Emanuela Sala, 2005. "The Effects of Dependent Interviewing on Responses to Questions on Income Sources," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 487, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  2. Annette Jäckle & Emanuela Sala & Stephen P. Jenkins & Peter Lynn, 2005. "Validation of Survey Data on Income and Employment: The ISMIE Experience," Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin 488, DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research.
  3. Wil Dijkstra & Yfke Ongena, 2006. "Question-Answer Sequences in Survey-Interviews," Quality & Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, Springer, vol. 40(6), pages 983-1011, December.
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