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New Zealand General Social Survey (GSS) – information for participants

Why are you carrying out this survey?

We carry out the General Social Survey (GSS) to provide information on the well-being of New Zealanders aged 15 years and over. It covers a wide range of social and economic outcomes, and shows how people in different groups within the New Zealand population are faring.

Who takes part in the survey? How did you select me?

We interview approximately 8,000 individuals in households for the GSS.

To select you as one of these 8,000 individuals, we use a fair statistical method where every household in our country has a known chance of being selected. You were selected to be interviewed because you meet the criteria of being 15 years old or older and living in the selected New Zealand household.

If your household moves away from this address, we will not contact you at your new address. You will be replaced by the new occupants of the selected address.

How often do you carry out the survey?

We carry out the GSS every two years (biennially).

When do you carry out the survey?

The next GSS will be from April 2016 to March 2017.

How can I complete the survey questionnaire?

You’ll be interviewed by one of our field staff, who will fill in the survey questionnaire with the answers you give. This will be a face-to-face interview by an interviewer using a laptop.

How long does the interview take?

The average interview time per household is 45 minutes.

 

Page updated 10 March 2016

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