Maximizing rates of consent to record linkage and additional data collection

All network activities in this fourth thematic area will focus on innovative methodological approaches for increasing rates of consent to record linkage and additional data collection activities (e.g., the collection of biomeasures), including the reduction of interviewer variability in obtained rates of consent, differential opinions towards data linkage by racial/ethnic groups, and possible confounding of non-consent to multiple data collection requests (e.g., administrative record linkage and collection of biosocial measures). Methodological innovations in this area will emphasize the reduction of respondent burden, innovative approaches for administering lengthy surveys with multiple types of data collection (e.g., survey and physical measurements), methods for emphasizing the benefits of record linkage, synthesizing prior literature on innovative approaches to obtaining consent, and explaining interviewer variance in consent rates with future training of interviewers in mind.

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