National Beneficiary Survey-General Waves Round 5 (Volume 3 of 3): User’s Guide for Restricted and Public Use Files

Publisher: Washington, DC: Mathematica Policy Research
Aug 17, 2017
Debra Wright, Eric Grau, Sara Skidmore, Yuhong Zheng, Hanzhi zhou, Kirsten Barrett, Charles Bush, and Jason Markesich
As part of the National Beneficiary Survey-General Waves (NBS–General Waves) project, Mathematica conducted the first of three rounds of data collection in 2015, with two additional rounds to be administered in 2017 and 2019. Sponsored by the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) Office of Retirement and Disability Policy, the survey collected data from a national sample of SSA disability beneficiaries. This report provides users with information about the restricted- and public-use data files, including construction of the files; weight specification and variance estimation; masking procedures employed in the creation of the Public-Use File; and a detailed overview of the questionnaire design, sampling, and NBS-General Waves data collection. The report provides information covered in the Editing, Coding, Imputation and Weighting report and the Cleaning and Identification of Data Problems Report (discussed below), including procedures for data editing, coding of open-ended responses, and variable construction, and a description of the imputation and weighting procedures and development of standard errors for the survey. In addition, this report contains an appendix addressing total survey error (TSE) and the NBS.