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Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, 2012




The Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey (NASIS) aims to survey quality of life in the state of Nebraska, covering topics such as the environment, housing, health, recreation, occupation, education, family life, among others. A set of core questions are repeated each year, and additional questions are purchased by those interested in gathering additional data. The 2011 NASIS asks questions about the Nebraska Department of Roads, trees and forests, water planning, wind energy, climate change, community trust, impressions about UNL, government policies, female sex offenders, personal finances, and mental health.

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Data File

Cases: 959
Variables: 231
Weight Variable: PWEIGHT

"The data were weighted in three ways to account for the within household probability of selection, nonresponse, and population characteristics. First, data were weighted by the number of adults living in the household in order to adjust for within-household selection probability. Then, the data were weighted for nonresponse by state region. . . . Lastly, poststratification weights were applied based on age, gender and state region in order for the data to more closely resemble the population." (Source: NASIS 2011-2012 Methodology report - see link below)

Data Collection

June 14, 2012 - Sept. 12, 2012

Original Survey (Instrument)

NASIS 2011-2012 Methodology Report

Funded By

Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Bureau of Sociological Research, and other state agencies and educational and private research organizations

Collection Procedures

The NASIS for 2012 was conducted using a mail survey. Nebraska households with a known postal address were sampled.

Sampling Procedures

"The sample for the 2011 NASIS was purchased from Survey Sampling International, LLC (SSI). A total 3,600 cases were provided to BOSR by SSI on June 1, 2012 . . . . The sample was randomly divided into two groups. One group received version one of the survey, while the other received the second versions. Differences between the two versions of the survey include the use of bubbles compared to squares for responses, and varying formatting for skip patterns and the household roster. Additionally, the households in the sample were divided into a different two groups to test the use of a calendar on the cover letters to help respondents identify the requested household member. Half of the households received a cover letter with a calendar, and the other half received one without the calendar, both, however, requesting that the adult in the household who will have the next birthday after July 1st, 2012 complete the survey." (Source: NASIS 2011-2012 Methodology Report - see link above)

Principal Investigators

Bureau of Sociological Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln

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