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An Assessment of the KDICP and MDICP Data Quality: Interviewer Effects, Question Reliability and Sample Attrition

By Simona Bignami-Van Assche, Georges Reniers, Alexander A. Weinreb

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Date received:03 Feb 2003
Date published:19 Sep 2003
Word count:6545
Keywords:agriculture, attrition, data quality, family planning, interviewer effects, interviews, Kenya, Malawi, measurement, measurements, reliability


This paper evaluates the quality of the data collected as part of the Kenya and Malawi Diffusion and Ideational Change Projects, two longitudinal household surveys that examine the role of social networks in influencing attitudes and behavior regarding family size, family planning, and HIV/AIDS in, respectively, rural Kenya and Malawi. We investigate three sources of non-sampling error: interviewer effects, response reliability and sample attrition, highlighting the interaction between them, and paying particular attention to their implications for AIDS-related behavioral research.

Author's Affiliation

Simona Bignami-Van Assche - Université de Montréal, Canada [Email]
Georges Reniers - London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, United Kingdom [Email]
Alexander A. Weinreb - University of Texas at Austin, United States of America [Email]

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