Quality management in social sciences research. Quality management in the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE)

Nicole Halmdienst, Michael Radhuber


Austria has been a member country of SHARE since its inception in 2004. In this paper, we address quality management in surveys and highlight three components – contract, sampling, and fieldwork management – that are fundamental for high data-quality. We provide an overview of a SHARE wave and discuss our approach to data-quality management based on the example of SHARE management in Austria. Results confirm that focusing on fieldwork quality management has the potential to improve overall data quality.


Survey, survey management, quality management, fieldwork monitoring, interviewer behavior, survey contract, sampling


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