munity Survey, the American Housing Survey, the Current Population Survey, the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey, the National Crime Victimization Survey, the National Health Interview Survey, the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, the National Household Survey of Drug Abuse, and the Survey of Income and Program Participation. Table 5-1 presents a summary of the attributes of the candidate surveys listed above. (More detailed descriptions of these surveys and their attributes can be found in Mathiowetz, 2001, in Part II.)

TABLE 5-1 Federal Data Collection Efforts


Sponsor/ Contractor


Sample Design

American Community Survey


Demographics, housing, social and economic characteristics

Rolling sample of addresses

American Housing Survey


Housing, household characteristics, income, recent movers

Fixed sample of addresses selected in 1985, plus new housing units

Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

CDC/state health departments and contractors in U.S. states and territories

Preventive health factors and risk behaviors linked to chronic diseases, injuries

Varies by state; probability samples of households with telephones

Current Population Survey


Labor force participation, employment; supplements on various topics

Rotating panel of addresses

Medical Expenditure Panel Survey


Health care utilization, expenditures, health insurance coverage

Continuous, overlapping panels

National Crime Victimization Survey


Criminal victimization

Panel of addresses

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