Conducting an interview

Data collection took place from July 2019 to November 2020.

During this period, each person selected to respond to the survey is contacted:

  • by mail from the INSEE regional offices,
  • by the INSEE interviewer, either at home or by telephone. 

The questions are answered face-to-face, under Computer-assisted personal interviewing (CAPI), at the respondent’s home.

The questionnaire is, for the most part, identical for all respondents. Depending on the answers given by each respondent, the questionnaire may or may not go through certain sections. For example, if you do not have children, you will not have to answer specific questions about children; if you are not currently employed, you will not have to describe your current job.

Depending on your personal situation, the questionnaire is therefore of varying length. On average, answering all the questions takes 60 minutes. 

TeO2 for non-French speakers

The experience of TeO1 shows that difficulties in understanding French concern a significant proportion of immigrants, which the TeO1 system did not take into account in a completely satisfactory way.

For TeO2, the protocol is as follows:

  • In the event of difficulties in understanding French, recourse to third-party translators (family, friends, neighbors) is preferred;
  • In the absence of a third party who can translate (in the case of isolated non-French speaking respondents) the survey is conducted in the person’s native language. 

This catch-up survey among non-French speakers (’TeO2-NF’ component) is conducted by INED interviewers, face-to-face or by telephone.