Articles by Mary C. Davis

Photo of the authorMary C. Davis leads a team of data scientists in the Office of Survey and Census Analytics at the U.S. Census Bureau. Her current research is focused on monitoring and improving the quality of field data collection in near-real time using paradata and survey data.

Nothing Matters: Design Testing for Reporting Zero in a Web Survey

Abstract When survey respondents have nothing to report for questions asking for a quantity, they should report a lack of quantity instead of skipping the question. Reports of zero can be collected by asking respondents to check a None box. However, the effectiveness of this design has not been supported and, with the growing prevalence […] [Read More]