Description of Sampling Procedures for 1997, 2000, 2007 Waves of nc1030 Data Description of the Sampling Procedures for the 1997 Data

Description of the Sampling Procedures for the 2000 Data

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Description of the Sampling Procedures for the 2000 Data

  1. To provide data about family businesses over time, researchers decided to reinterview the 1997 NSFB sample three years later (Winter et al, 2004). This second interview focused on changes in these businesses over time. This second wave supplemented the earlier survey by examining what changes had happened and why those changes had occurred. In addition, questions were asked about the owner's involvement in the community, contributions to the community and their opinions about the impact of policies and programs designed to stimulate economic development. In households in which two different people were interviewed, an attempt was made to interview each individual again. When only one individual in a household was interviewed in 1997, only that individual would be re-interviewed in 2000. Because of the interest in tracking the family business over time, the 86 households in which the business manager was not interviewed in 1997 were omitted from the sample in 2000, making the initial sample size 708 instead of 794.

  2. To enhance the possibility that the 1997 individuals could be located in 2000, every six months between the surveys, the research group mailed a one-page summary of research results to each household interviewed in 1997. Address correction by the U.S. Postal Service was requested, and addresses in the data base were updated. Only 61 of the 708 households could not be located; 93 households were contacted, but refused to be interviewed. Data were gathered in 2000 from 553 households, more than three-fourths of the 708 households surveyed in 1997.

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