Journal article

Improving Survey Response Rates from Parents in School-Based Research Using a Multi-Level Approach

Elizabeth J Schilpzand, Emma Sciberras, Daryl Efron, Vicki Anderson, Jan M Nicholson

PLoS One | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2015

Abstract

BACKGROUND: While schools can provide a comprehensive sampling frame for community-based studies of children and their families, recruitment is challenging. Multi-level approaches which engage multiple school stakeholders have been recommended but few studies have documented their effects. This paper compares the impact of a standard versus enhanced engagement approach on multiple indicators of recruitment: parent response rates, response times, reminders required and sample characteristics. METHODS: Parents and teachers were distributed a brief screening questionnaire as a first step for recruitment to a longitudinal study, with two cohorts recruited in consecutive years (cohort 1 2011, coh..

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Grants

Awarded by Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC)


Awarded by NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in Population Health


Awarded by NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship


Funding Acknowledgements

This study is funded by the Australian National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC; project grant no. 1008522), the Collier Foundation and the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute. Dr Sciberras' position is funded by an NHMRC Early Career Fellowship in Population Health 1037159 (2012-2015). Professor Anderson is funded by an NHMRC Practitioner Fellowship 607333 (2010-2014). This research was supported by the Victorian Government's Operational Infrastructure Support Program to the MCRI and the Victorian Government funding to the PRC. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.