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Appendix 2: Overview of Sample and Survey Methods
Year I - 2013
Data collection for the Employer Experiences with Family Leave research study was a mixed
mode approach using both web-based and telephone data collection methods. Web-based was the
primary mode of data collection with telephone used for businesses without electronic contact
information and for businesses that did not responds to multiple requests to complete the survey
The research population for this study was all manufacturing establishments (NAICS codes
311111 - 339999) and food service establishments (NAICS codes 722511 and 722513) in the
State of Rhode Island and in the counties of Worcester, Norfolk, Bristol, and Barnstable in the
State of Massachusetts and the counties of New London, Windham, Tolland, and Middlesex in
Connecticut with 10-99 employees.
The universe of businesses falling within these study parameters was purchased from Survey
Sampling, Inc. The listing of businesses provided by Survey Sampling included the business
name, main contact person, mailing address, NAICS code, employee size code.
All businesses were sent a pre-notification letter informing them of the purpose of the study,
what the results would be used for, their roles and rights as a participant in research, and a link
and passcode to complete the survey on-line.
The database of businesses provided through Survey Sampling, Inc. did not include electronic
contact information for the business. Staff of the Office for Survey Research through internet
searching obtained electronic contact information for a majority of the businesses. Businesses
without electronic contact information were moved to the telephone data collection mode.
The pre-notification letter was mailed to all businesses on November 14, 2013. Respondents
were offered a $5 gift card from either Starbucks or CVS as a way of thanking them for taking
the time to participate in the research. Approximately one week later, all businesses with
electronic contact information were sent an email inviting them to participate. Business that did
not respond to the initial email invitation (or subsequent email reminders) were sent reminder
emails weekly until the end of data collection. If businesses did not respond electronically after
three electronic contacts, they were moved to the telephone data collection mode.
Data collection officially ended on December 31, 2013, as the new law regarding employer paid
leave went into effect on January 1, 2014, in Rhode Island. Exceptions to this deadline were
made for business who had started the survey prior to December 31, 2013, or had indicated a
strong willingness to complete the survey after the holiday season concluded.
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Bartel, Ann; Rossin-Slater, Maya; Ruhm, Christopher & Waldfogel, Jane. Assessing Rhode Islands Temporary Caregiver Insurance Act: Insights from a Survey of Employers', text, January 2016; (https://digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc955714/m1/9/: accessed April 23, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, https://digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.