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Rodhouse, Joseph B, and Kathy Ott. 2022. “Respondent Perceptions of Previously Reported Data.” Survey Practice 15 (1). https://doi.org/10.29115/SP-2022-0006.
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  • Table 1. PRD experiment groups after stratified random assignment.
  • Figure 1. Example of PRD presented to respondents within the web survey.
  • Table 2. Agreement statements (AS) gauging respondent attitudes and perceptions of PRD.
  • Table 3. Distribution of responses to PRD agreement statements.
  • Table 4. Testing the independence of PRD perceptions and PRD characteristics (amount and recency).
  • Figure A1. Example mailing for Group A2B2 emphasizing PRD use in the web survey
  • Figure A2. Introductory screen for those with PRD in their web survey link (A2B1 and A2B2)
  • Figure A3. Example of what respondents in A1B1 saw (and those in A2B1 and A2B2 when they did not have PRD for these items)
  • Table A1. Distribution of responses to PRD agreement statements.
  • Table A2. “It was clear to me that NASS pre-filled information in some answer cells in advance.”
  • Table A3. “I recall providing the pre-filled information used in the answer cells on a previous NASS survey.”
  • Table A4. “The pre-filled information in the answer cells was accurate.”
  • Table A5. “The pre-filled information made it easier for me to complete the survey.”
  • Table A6. “The pre-filled information helped me finish the survey faster.”
  • Table A7. “I would have liked to see pre-filled information in more answer cells.”
  • Table A8. “Overall, I have a positive reaction to pre-filled information being used in the survey.”
  • Table A9. Design-based analysis of the association between PRD characteristics and awareness that PRD was present before beginning survey.
  • Table A10. Design-based analysis of the association between PRD characteristics and perceptions that PRD used in the survey was accurate.
  • Table A11. Design-Based Analysis of the association between PRD characteristics and awareness that PRD was present before beginning survey.
  • Table A12. Design-based analysis of the association between PRD characteristics and perceptions that the survey was easier to complete.
  • Table A13. Design-based analysis of the association between PRD characteristics and perceptions that PRD aided faster survey completion.
  • Table A14. Design-based analysis of the association between PRD characteristics and desire that more PRD be used.
  • Table A15. Design-based analysis of the association between PRD characteristics and overall positive reaction to PRD use in the survey.

Abstract

Respondents’ answers on surveys they have previously completed are often referred to as previously reported data or PRD. This type of historical data is sometimes used when conducting a current survey, often in an effort to increase data quality and reduce respondent burden. Using PRD in surveys has been thoroughly researched and has been shown to have both positive and negative impacts to measures of data quality and burden. However, most often these studies focus on objective measures, and subjective measures of respondent perceptions of their experience are largely missing. To address this, we present data from an experiment using PRD in the Census of Agriculture’s Content Test, which utilized a set of attitudinal questions to gauge respondent’s views on the use of PRD in the survey, including measures capturing burden perceptions and overall reactions to PRD use. We find that the majority of respondents view PRD as aiding in faster and easier survey completion, as well as having an overall positive reaction to its use. We also find evidence that attitudes toward PRD are impacted by certain PRD metadata, such as the amount and recency of the data that are used in respondents’ surveys.

Accepted: May 31, 2022 EDT