Upcoming Events

Short Course: “Cognitive Interviewing:  A Hands-On Approach”
Co-sponsored by AAPOR and DC-AAPOR and presented by Gordon Willis, PhD
July 10, 2017
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center, 2 Massachusetts Ave., N.E., Washington, DC 20212

Price (Includes a copy of Dr. Willis’ book “Cognitive Interviewing: A Tool for Improving Questionnaire Design”):

  • Student Members: $90
  • Student Nonmembers: $100 (includes AAPOR and DC-AAPOR membership)
  • Members: $125
  • Non-Members: $225 (includes AAPOR and DC-AAPOR membership)

Cognitive interviewing has become a very popular method for pretesting and evaluating survey questionnaires. The current approach favored by Federal laboratories and private research institutions mainly emphasizes the use of intensive verbal probes that are administered by specially trained interviewers to volunteer respondents, to delve into the cognitive and socio-cultural processes associated with answering survey questions.  Based on this information, the evaluator makes judgments about where questions may produce difficulties in a number of subtle ways, due to cognitive demands they impose, cultural mismatches, or other shortcomings.  The short-course will focus on the specifics of how to conduct cognitive testing, and how to process and communicate the results obtained.  Although an introduction to theory and background perspective is included, the course will focus on the application and practice of cognitive interviewing techniques, as these are targeted toward both interviewer-administered (face-to-face or telephone) and self-administered (paper and computer) surveys.  Participants will practice the conduct of cognitive interviews across administration modes, and will evaluate their results by judging where questions have failed, and what one might do to revise them.  The course aims to provide a working familiarity with cognitive techniques, so that students will be able to begin conducting cognitive interviews on their own.

For more information and to register, visit the AAPOR website.

Call for Presentation and Poster Session Abstracts
Summer Conference Preview/Review 2017 

Hosted by the DC-Baltimore Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and
the Washington Statistical Society
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center, Washington DC
July 24, 2017

We know you can’t travel to every conference, so DC-AAPOR and WSS are teaming up once again to bring you a sample of exemplary presentations (both talks and posters) taking place at this year’s national and international conferences.  At the 2017 Summer Conference Preview/Review, you will get the opportunity to share your work, hear what others are doing, and connect with colleagues.

We are currently seeking presenters (both talks and posters) who presented or will be presenting at the following 2017 conferences:

  • American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference
  • Joint Statistical Meetings
  • European Survey Research Association Conference
  • International Field Directors and Technologies Conference
  • International Total Survey Error Workshop
  • International Workshop on Survey Nonresponse
  • Women in Statistics and Data Science Conference
  • Other survey methodology conferences

We also invite speakers whose papers were accepted but who were unable to present.

Please submit presentations that have already been prepared, submitted, and accepted to a 2017 conference.  If you would like to submit a presentation or poster for consideration, please fill out the following form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2017summerconferencesubmission. Submissions close on June 16th. Individuals will be notified of acceptance decisions by June 23rd.

Registration for the conference will open June 23, and early-bird registration will end July 13. Registration is open to everyone, and presenters receive a discount.  Registration prices are as follows:


  • Students – $25.00
  • Everyone else – $40.00

Early Bird (on or before July 13):

  • Student/Retirees: $35.00
  • DC-AAPOR/WSS members: $50.00
  • Non-members: $85.00

Late registration (after July 13):

  • Student/Retirees: $60.00
  • DC-AAPOR/WSS members: $75.00
  • Non-members: $100.00

For questions, please contact the conference chairs:

Paul Scanlon pscanlon@cdc.gov
Pam McGovern pam.mcgovern@nass.usda.gov