How to Draw a Nationally-Representative Sample: Updating and Reassessing Monitoring the Future’s Sampling Procedures
Richard Miech, Monitoring the Future
October 19, 2022
12:00 – 1:00 pm
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The national estimates of drug use from Monitoring the Future (MTF) serve as a gold standard in the field and are a key source of information for research, U.S. policymakers, and nonprofit organizations that seek to reduce teen drug use. For sample selection MTF uses a multistage, random sampling procedure that consists of (1) selection of a specific geographic areas, (2) selection of one or more high schools in each area, and (3) selection of students within each school. MTF has recently begun a revisit and overhaul of its sampling procedures, which were developed more than three decades ago. In this talk Professor Miech discusses this overhaul, including sampling challenges and issues that have arisen over the years, as well as opportunities to streamline and improve MTF sampling with new technology.