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05/10/2007 05:14 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Kaiser's In-Person Katrina Study

As Today's Washington Post
reports
on a new in-person survey
of current residents of the New
Orleans area conducted by the Kaiser Family
Foundation. The survey, according to the release on the Kaiser site,

documents the devastating impact
that Hurricane Katrina and the failure to respond quickly and effectively to it
has had on the economic well-being, physical and mental health, and personal
lives of the people of the New Orleans
area. The survey also found a sharp divide in the way that African Americans
and whites in the New Orleans
area experienced the storm and perceive the recovery efforts, especially in
hard-hit Orleans Parish. Future Kaiser surveys are planned in 18 months and 36
months to monitor progress and changes.

The
methodology of this survey is as interesting as the findings, at least to polling
geeks like me. Telephone surveys present some obvious challenges in the areas
affected by Katrina, particularly in reaching those still living in trailers or
who otherwise lack landline telephone service. As such, the the Kaiser
researchers went back to basics and conducted in-person interviews using a "two-stage,
stratified area probability sample" and a team of 41 interviewers. Their
interviewers visited 456 randomly selected census areas and documented the physical
condition of nearly 17,000 housing locations, then attempted to conduct interviews
in randomly selected households. The methology is all explained here; the complete
100-page study is available for download here.