National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG)

Project Details

Investigators: William G. Axinn, Deputy Project Director, William Connett, Director of Data Processing, Nicole Kirgis, Field Director, Mick P. Couper, Project Director, James Wagner, Senior Statistician.

Description: This project involves the planning and conduct of the next ten years of the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG), with interviewing to be conducted continuously from June 1, 2011 through May 31, 2019. The awarded contract will cover a ten-year period, from September 2010 through May 2020, and include eight years of data collection and three data releases. Working closely and collaboratively with the NCHS/NSFG work team to develop materials and specifications, we shall conduct all the necessary activities, including sample design, pretest, CAPI programming, hiring, supervising and training interviewers, data processing, data file preparation, and data file documentation, for a complete national survey. It is anticipated that the NSFG will be done indefinitely as a continuous national survey, in which interviewing is done every year, producing approximately 5,000 in-person interviews per year with men and women 15-44 years of age, in English and Spanish. Over the life of this project, about 40,000 men and women will be interviewed in person in 8 years. This project also provides for the preparation and release of up to 3 public use data files. The National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG) is part of a series of face-to-face surveys based on national probability samples that began in 1955. From 1955-1995, the surveys were limited to women of reproductive age. The NSFG is now conducted using Computer-Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) and Audio Computer-Assisted Self-Interviewing (Audio CASI). The continuous NSFG being conducted now also features responsive survey design on an ongoing basis to optimize data production and data set balance across key sample composition parameters.

Sponsor: CDC. 200-2010-33976. $40,058,256. 2010-2020.