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Questionnaire module

Requirements

  • The questionnaire module must obtain an integral number of years. It must stress that completed years are required, and that short-term absences should be included in the count of number of years at usual residence, while long-term absences should be excluded.

 

  • The inclusion of instructions on how to calculate parts of years and guidelines as to what constitutes a short-term and long-term absence are critical to ensure the correct calculation of number of years at usual residence. Ideally these instructions should be included in the question text, however if space on the questionnaire is limited, the provision of these instructions in attached help notes is beneficial.

 

  • The provision of a tick box, in the questionnaire module, for responses of less than a year is desirable. A tick box ensures respondents do not have to calculate the number of months and discourages respondents from rounding up to a year. Only two blank boxes are necessary for recording the number of years at usual residence because (a) the classification for years at usual residence does not extend beyond ‘98 or more years’, and (b) the majority of respondents will have lived at the same address for less than 100 years.

 

  • Referring to another question can assist response to a question on years at usual residence. For example "How long have you lived at the address you gave in question 2?" rather than "How long have you lived at…(usual residence)?" Reference to another question can be especially beneficial in self-completion survey questionnaires where several address type questions are asked. For example, in the latest Census of Population and Dwellings, respondents were asked for their usual address, census night address and address 5 years ago. If a question asking for usual residence is asked directly before a question on years at usual residence, respondents can refer back to the correct address for which they are to give information.

Example

The questionnaire module below is an example of a questionnaire module which meets the requirements documented in this standard. Any subsequent questionnaire modules which are developed or which evolve as Statistics New Zealand surveys are reviewed, may vary in format but should conform to the requirements contained in this standard.

 

Graph, Example Question.

Help notes

Do not give parts of years. Round down, e.g. if you have lived at your usual address for 4 years and 11 months, ignore the 11 months and put 4.

If you have been away from your usual address at any time:

  • for a period of 12 months or more, take that period off your total number of years at that address
  • for a period of less than 12 months, ignore that period - do not take it off your total number of years at that address

 

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