Universal Attempt Codes

This system was developed at the Survey Lab with the goal of having a universal system of numeric codes, each with associated text, that can be referenced and used to describe each instance of recruitment, contact, attempted contact and investigation for every case.  We wanted the system to work across modes and apply to as many types of research as possible, so that case histories in studies utilizing multiple modes of recruitment and completion could be tracked in one place and easily analyzed. The codes are provided here for use by researchers and as part of a larger goal of standardizing paradata across research organizations to facilitate the sharing and transparency of methodological data.

Click here to download a key to the system in Excel.