Research: Methodology: Funded Research

National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)

The sponsor identified the following areas where costs are expected to exceed the original estimated amounts under CLIN 12 for the period of performance 9/1/2015- 8/31/2016.

1. Increases in resistance to participating in the survey (more labor hours required per interview)

Fieldwork costs were projected at the outset of the contract to increase due to inflation and rising challenges with gaining respondent cooperation, and the budget was estimated accordingly. However, over the period of performance of this CLIN, resistance to participating in the survey has increased at a greater rate than could have been predicted. This increased resistance is being experienced by other federal surveys as well, suggesting ?U.S. population? factors are responsible rather than survey administration factors.

2. Development and necessary updates to software driving Survey Management (CASIC systems development)

CASIC (Computer-Assisted Survey Information Collection) Systems Development: CASIC Systems refers to critical applications for recording and managing the interviewers? payroll information, and information related to fieldwork including caseloads and disposition codes for each case. Over the course of the contract, updates to this software have been available more frequently than anticipated at the beginning of the contract. These updates require labor hours of programmers, administrative staff and field staff, as they need to be implemented and tested (both inside and outside the secure environment required by FISMA), then deployed onto the laptops of all interviewers around the country.

Funding:

Health and Human Services, Department of-Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Funding Period:

09/24/2010 to 12/30/2020