Past Events


National AAPOR Executive Council Reception
January 14, 2020

DC-AAPOR members met at Zaytinya to mingle with the National AAPOR Executive Council at this annual DC-AAPOR reception. This year’s council members can be found here.


DC-AAPOR Holiday Party
December 4th, 2019 5:00pm to 8:00pm
The Loft at The Hamilton

DC-AAPOR members enjoyed free food and beverages, met their DC-AAPOR council and the incoming 2020 council members. We also announced both the student paper award and the annual Outstanding Achievement Award at the party.

DC-AAPOR Mentoring Event
November 19, 2019
Location: AARP: 601 E St NW Washington DC 20049

DC-AAPOR’s Diversity Working Group hosted a mentoring event on November 19, 2019 to facilitate mentoring in the survey research industry.  Matthew Hanzlik, VP, Diversity & Inclusion at Nielsen, presented on the benefits of mentorship and its best practices. This talk was followed by a reception where potential mentors and mentees met one another.

Thank you to our sponsors for this event!

DC-AAPOR Respondent Burden Workshop
Monday, October 21, 2019
8:45 AM – 12:30 PM
Location: Bureau of Labor Statistic Conference Center, Rooms 1- 3

There have long been concerns about the burden that surveys place on respondents in the survey field. However, there is little consensus among researchers on how to define and measure respondent burden. This workshop offered presentations by public- and private-sector researchers exploring the conceptual framework of respondent burden and presenting some recent findings on this topic.

To view slides from this event, please click here.

  • James Dahlhamer (NCHS): Does Reducing the Length Matter? An Assessment of Respondent Burden with the Redesigned U.S. National Health Interview Survey
  • Morgan Earp (BLS): Exploring the Relationship between Burden Factors and Survey Response
  • Stephanie Eckman (RTI International): Changes in Reporting over Waves in the Consumer Expenditure Survey
  • Jessica Holzberg (Census): Assessing the Burden of the American Community Survey
  • Robin Kaplan (BLS): What Does it Mean to be Burdened?: Exploring Subjective Perceptions of Burden
  • Yezzi Lee (BLS): Exploring the monetary incentives and respondent burden in the Consumer Expenditure Interview Survey
  • Ting Yan (Westat): A Conceptual Framework of Response Burden

Thank you to our sponsor!

Joint DC-AAPOR and WSS Seminar
How Public Opinion Research Organizations Work: The Case of Pew Research Center
Thursday, October 17  4:00–5:30 p.m.

Chair: Robert Aronstam, Teacher, Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School

 The voice of the people matters in a democracy, and public opinion polling is one means by which that voice can be heard. As a way of gauging public opinion, polling has the advantage of providing relatively equal representation to everyone. But who conducts public opinion polls and how are they conducted? Who decides what is asked, and how? In this seminar, Scott Keeter and Rachel Weisel addressed these and other questions. Using Pew Research Center as a case study, with comparisons to other organizations with similar missions, they addressed the following topics:

  • How topics for study are chosen
  • How specific studies are designed and executed
  • How the results are disseminated to relevant audiences
  • How funding for our work is obtained

Scott Keeter is Senior Survey Advisor at the Center, where he was director of survey research until 2016. He is a past president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and author of several books and articles on public opinion and survey methodology. Rachel Weisel is Senior Communications Manager at the Center, overseeing dissemination and communication strategy for several of the Center’s research areas.

DC-AAPOR/WSS 2019 Summer Review-Preview
July 12, 2019

DC-AAPOR and WSS teamed up once again to bring you a sample of exemplary presentations taking place at this year’s national and international conferences (e.g., AAPOR, JSM, ESRA, ITSEW, and BigSurv). At the 2019 Summer Conference Preview/Review, attendees had the opportunity to share work, hear what others are doing, and connect with colleagues. After the conference we had a happy hour at Union Pub.

You can see the final program and presenters’ slides here:

Introduction to Using Online Testing to Support Pre-Testing and Survey Methods Research in the Federal Government

Date/Time: Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location: Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center, Rooms 1 & 2

A recent innovation in federal agencies is the use of online testing methods to conduct questionnaire pretesting and evaluation, cognitive interviews, usability testing, and primary methodological research. Results from small-scale research conducted online can provide evidence to support changes to survey questionnaires and data collection procedures before they are implemented in the field while reducing the costs and staff time needed to conduct the research and improving data quality compared to other data collection methods.

This seminar offered an introduction to conducting online testing within the federal system. The presenters, researchers from federal agencies including the Bureau of Labor Statistics and US Census Bureau, provided a foundation for thinking about whether online testing methods are appropriate for your project, guidance on how to use online testing methods to supplement and complement in-lab research, and case studies from our experiences using several platforms. The seminar will also provide practical considerations for using these platforms at your own agency, including the use of contracting tools and services.

Joint WSS and DC-AAPOR Seminar
Diving into the U.S. Census Bureau Planning Database and ROAM Application: Tools for Survey and Census Planning
Wednesday, June 5, 2019, 12:30 – 2:00 PM (ET)
Speakers: Suzanne McArdle, Luke Larsen, and Kathleen Kephart, U.S. Census Bureau
Chair: Tom Mule, U.S. Census Bureau

The presenters demonstrated how to use the Planning Database (PDB) and Response Outreach Area Mapper (ROAM), giving several examples of their capabilities. 
The PDB is an easy-to-access dataset that is updated annually. It contains the greatest hits of American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. These include popular U.S. housing, demographic, socioeconomic, and operational statistics from the 2010 Decennial Census and the most recent ACS dataset. The PDB also contains the Low Response Score (LRS), which is a predicted mail return rate by block group and by census tract.  New to the 2019 PDB are ACS 5-year internet access statistics and 5-year ACS self-response rates.
ROAM is an interactive mapping application, developed to make it easier to identify hard-to-survey areas and the socioeconomic and demographic profiles of those areas. It is based on a subset of PDB data at the census tract-level, including the LRS, poverty status, education level, race, Hispanic origin, and language spoken at home. A new version of ROAM will be released in Summer 2019.
Both of these products have many potential uses. Some examples include:
•  Identifying geographic areas for special outreach and promotional efforts
•  Examining expected completion rates at low levels of geography
•  Linking with spatial map data to create thematic maps
•  Generating reports, cross tabulations, and simple analyses

POQ Special Issue Conference
March 15, 2019 8:30am-4:00pm


DC-AAPOR proudly hosted the 11th Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ) Special Issue Conference. This year’s conference featured the guest editor and many of the authors who contributed to the 2018 Special Issue: The Psychology of Politics and Elections”:

Thank you to Westat for sponsoring this event!

National AAPOR Executive Council Reception
March 12, 2019 5-7pm

DC-AAPOR members enjoyed after-hours refreshments and mingled with members of the American Association for Public Opinion Research National Council. 


2018 Annual DC-AAPOR Holiday Party
December 18, 2018, 5-7:30 pm
Clyde’s at Gallery Place, 707 7th St, NW, Washington, DC

Title: How U.S. Pre-election Polls are Changing in an Era of Disruption and Scrutiny
Date/Time: Wednesday, November 14, 2018   4:00–5:30 p.m.

Speaker: Scott Clement, Polling Director, The Washington Post
Chair: Sareeta Carter Schmitt, AP Statistics teacher, The School Without Walls of Washington, DC

Sponsors: WSS Statistics Education Committee, WSS Methodology Section and DC-AAPOR (The Washington-Baltimore Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research)

Location: Bureau of Labor Statistics Janet Norwood Conference Center

Abstract: The past decade has brought a rapid proliferation in U.S. pre-election polls, ways they are conducted and approaches to combining and interpreting results. This change has also come amid heightened scrutiny of the accuracy of pre-election polls and efforts to use polls to provide precise forecasts of election results, which came to a head with Donald Trump’s surprise victory in the 2016 election. A report by the American Association for Public Opinion Research found national polls that year were particularly accurate by historical standards, but that state surveys significantly underestimated Trump’s support. This talk discussed the driving forces behind changes in pre-election polling, the chief challenges for pollsters and the news media in conducting and interpreting polls in the coming years.

The Roper Center, DC-AAPOR and Pew Research Center Present: 2018 Election Polling: A Postmortem – Midterms in a Polarizing Time
November 15, 2018
Pew Research Center, 1615 L St, NW Suite 800, Washington, DC

The midterm election generated interest, news and endless speculation about consequences for both parties and the country. In this event, we digested the 2018 midterm election results and their implications. The postmortem was held at Pew Research Center. The postmortem’s panel included several distinguished panelists, including Claudia Deane (Pew Research Center), Dan Judy (North Star Opinion Research), Mark Mellman (The Mellman Group), and Heidi Przybyla (NBC News). The panel was chaired by Susan Pinkus – polling consultant and former director of the Los Angeles Times poll.


Emerson Blanquerna Global Summit 2018
Oct 5, 2018
U.S. Capitol Visitor Center
First St NE, Washington, DC 20515

DC-AAPOR sponsored a panel at the 4th Emerson-Blanquerna Global Summit, sponsored by the Center for Global Communication. The Summit explored topics in Politics, Propaganda & Strategic Diplomacy globally through polls, case studies, campaign strategies, creative projects, election outcomes, and international relations practices. Attendees delved into political, diplomatic and communication strategies and tactics at the local, national, and international levels – learning, sharing, and redefining best practices.

Web Survey Paradata 1-day short course
October 9, 2018
BLS Conference Center: 2 Massachusetts Ave.

Paradata are the data automatically generated when respondents answer Web surveys. There are many different kinds of Web survey paradata, including email tracking tools, user agent strings (to identify devices used), and server-side and client-side paradata (CSP) providing information on things like response times, mouse-clicks, scrolling behavior, and so on. This course provided participants with an overview of the different types of Web paradata, and how they can be collected, managed, and analyzed to provide useful information on data quality and nonresponse in Web surveys, leading to design improvements. The course focused on the use of paradata rather than the technical aspects of capturing paradata.

Mick P. Couper is a research professor at the Survey Research Center (SRC), Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan, and in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology, University of Maryland. He is author of Designing Effective Web Surveys (Cambridge University Press, 2008) and co-author of The Science of Web Surveys (Oxford University Press, 2013). He has been conducting research and implementing online surveys for many years, and more recently has been exploring the implications of mobile device use for Web survey design and for enhanced measurement. He is credited with developing the term “paradata” and has used Web survey paradata in many different settings.

DC-AAPOR Diversity and Career Panel Discussion
October 16, 2018
Gallup (901 F St. NW, Washington, DC)

The Baltimore-Washington chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (DC-AAPOR) hosted a panel of experts in the survey research field to discuss the state of diversity in our industry, why it’s important, and how to get started on a survey research career. Angela Talton, Chief Diversity Officer at Nielsen, moderated. Panel included experts from the government, non-profit, private, and academic sectors and was followed by a networking reception with complimentary beer, wine, and hors d’oeuvres. Representatives from some leaders in the survey research industry were in attendance at the networking reception for informal conversations.

2018 DC-AAPOR and WSS Summer Preview/Review Conference
Monday, July 16, 2018
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Final program and slides:

We know you can’t travel to every conference, so DC-AAPOR and WSS teamed 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 2018 Summer Conference Preview/Review, attendees had the opportunity to share their work, hear what others are doing, and connect with colleagues. After the conference, we had a happy hour at Union Pub.

Thank you to our conference sponsors!

Platinum Sponsors: Fors|Marsh Group; Westat


Gold Sponsors: AIR; EurekaFacts; RTI International


Silver Sponsors: Gallup

Meet the National AAPOR Council
March 21, 2018 5-7pm
Zaytinya, 701 9th St

Attendees enjoyed after-hours refreshments and mingled with members of the American Association for Public Opinion Research National Council.

Journal of Official Statistics/Statistics Sweden and DC-AAPOR Present a Workshop on Responsive and Adaptive Survey Design
March 14, 2018
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Responsive and adaptive survey designs have developed in reaction to a rapidly changing survey environment that increasingly requires flexible designs that often leverage multiple modes, rely on multiple data sources, and optimize cost-quality tradeoffs over the survey life cycle. In principle, responsive and adaptive designs involve the use of auxiliary data to inform the application of design features/interventions, the monitoring of explicit quality and cost metrics, and optimization of quality-cost tradeoffs.

The primary goal of the workshop was to address questions such as:

  • Which approaches can be used to guide the development of cost and quality metrics and their use over the survey life cycle?
  • Which methods are able to identify phase boundaries or stopping rules that optimize responsive designs?
  • What are best practices for implementing core principles of adaptive design?

The workshop was based on the Special Issue of Journal of Official Statistics on Responsive and Adaptive Design, published in September 2017. Attendees in the workshop learned about formalized rules of adaptive design for adaptation to their own survey context. Attendees also learned about the impact of responsive and adaptive designs on the quality of household survey estimates in both household and establishment contexts.

Slides can be viewed here.

Thank you to our sponsors for supporting this great event!

POQ Special Issue Conference
March 16, 2018 8:30am-5:00pm

Bureau of Labor Statistics

DC-AAPOR proudly hosted the 10th  Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ) Special Issue Conference. This year’s conference featured the guest editor and many of the authors who contributed to the 2017 Special Issue: Survey Research, Today and Tomorrow”:

  • Peter V. Miller (U.S. Census Bureau) – Special Issue Guest Editor
  • David Dutwin (SSRS)
  • Andrew Mercer (Pew)
  • Chris Antoun (University of Maryland)
  • Fred Conrad (University of Michigan)
  • David Sterrett (NORC at the University of Chicago)
  • Darcy Steeg Morris (U.S. Census Bureau)
  • Brian Amos (University of Florida)

Thank you to Westat and Pew Research Center for sponsoring this event!

Honoring Scott Fricker
February 26, 2018 5-7pm

DC-AAPOR held this special event to remember Scott Fricker. Scott was a well-respected friend and colleague whose kindness and warmth touched us all. This was an opportunity for those who knew him to get together and share their fond memories and reflect on how he touched everyone’s lives.

Several people have asked for a way to support Scott’s family during this tragic time. In collaboration with Scott’s colleagues and friends at the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the University of Maryland, a GoFundMe account has been created to support the educational needs of Scott’s children:

The Office of Survey Methods Research (OSMR) at BLS is also collecting inputs for a memory book that will be given to Scott’s family. If you would like to add to it (your thoughts, stories, pictures, etc.), you can email your contribution to


DC-AAPOR Holiday Party
When: December 14, 2017, 5-7pm
Where: Espita Mezcaleria, 1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC

DC-AAPOR presents a Workshop on Usability Testing for Survey Research
November 13, 2017
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Instructors: Emily Geisen, RTI International; Jennifer Romano Bergstrom, Instagram

Usability testing in survey research allows in-depth evaluation of how respondents and interviewers interact with questionnaires, particularly web and mobile surveys. A respondent may understand the survey question and response options, but may be unable to select their answer accurately on the small screen of a smartphone. Although there is a growing body of literature on best practices for web and mobile surveys, not all design guidelines work equally well for all surveys and all survey populations. In addition, it is clear that the capabilities of computerized surveys are constantly emerging. Examples are the use of images, videos, maps and GPS, interactive features, and mobile devices. As a result, it is critical for researchers to have the necessary tools to evaluate, test, and modify surveys to incorporate user-centered design in an iterative method as part of the survey pretesting process.

After this workshop, students were able to:

  • Identify potential usability concerns with surveys
  • Incorporate iterative user-centered design and testing into survey development process
  • Plan and moderate user testing to improve design of surveys
  • Analyze and revise surveys to improve usability

2017 DC-AAPOR and WSS Summer Preview/Review Conference
Monday, July 24, 2017
Bureau of Labor Statistics
8am-5pm, with happy hour to follow

We know you can’t travel to every conference, so DC-AAPOR and WSS teamed up once again to bring you a sample of exemplary presentations (both talks and posters) taking place at 2017’s national and international conferences. The program and presenter slides are available on the Washington Statistical Society website:

After the conference we had a happy hour at the 201 Bar at 201 Massachusetts Ave NE. Thank you to our gold conference sponsors RTI International, Westat, and IMPAQ International, and our silver sponsors, Gallup and American Institutes for Research (AIR)!

Short Course: “Cognitive Interviewing:  A Hands-On Approach”
July 10, 2017
Bureau of Labor Statistics

Co-sponsored by AAPOR and DC-AAPOR and presented by Gordon Willis, PhD

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 focused 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 focused 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 practiced the conduct of cognitive interviews across administration modes, and evaluated their results by judging where questions have failed, and what one might do to revise them.  The course aimed to provide a working familiarity with cognitive techniques, so that students will be able to begin conducting cognitive interviews on their own.

Meet the Council Reception
Wednesday, March 22, 5-7 PM

We enjoyed after-hours refreshments and mingled with members of the American Association for Public Opinion Research Executive Council.

Short Course on Construction of Weights in Surveys
Co-sponsored by AAPOR and DC-AAPOR
March 16-17, 2017
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center

Most surveys are designed to provide statistics for a possibly (very) large number of characteristics of interest. Typically, the data collected are stored in a rectangular data file, each row corresponding to a sample unit and each column corresponding to a characteristic of interest. Made available on the data file is a weighting system. The idea is to construct a single weighting system applicable to all the characteristics of interest. The typical weighting process involves three major stages. At the first stage, each unit is assigned a base weight, which is defined as the inverse of its inclusion probability. The base weights are then modified to account for unit nonresponse. At the last stage, the weights adjusted for nonresponse are further modified to ensure consistency between survey estimates and known population totals. When needed, the weights undergo a last modification through weight trimming or weight smoothing methods in order to improve the efficiency of survey estimates. The goal of the workshop was to provide a detailed (theoretical and practical) description of each stage of the weighting process. Throughout the workshop, different concepts were illustrated through live simulation studies.

About the Instructor: David Haziza is an Associate Professor in the Department of mathematics and statistics at the Universite de Montreal.

Human Trafficking Prevalence Estimation Methods in the United States: A Technical Evaluation
Thursday, March 16, 2017 12:30-2:00 pm
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

DC-AAPOR was a co-sponsor of this free event.

Speaker: Davina P. Durgana, PhD, is Senior Researcher and Statistician on the Global Slavery Index of the Walk Free Foundation.
Chair: Theresa Harris, AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program

This talk summarized the collaborative efforts of the Walk Free Foundation and its partners to evaluate the technical and statistical merits of potential methods of estimating human trafficking prevalence in the United States. This presentation solicited and encouraged open discussion around the presented methods and will aimed to foster a collaborative atmosphere of constructive criticism and feedback as the Walk Free Foundation and others formalize their recommendations for the best technical methods to estimate human trafficking at a national level in the United States. Some of the methods discussed include Multiple Systems Estimation (MSE), Respondent Driven Sampling (RDS), and various online and phone-based survey methods.


DC-AAPOR Annual Holiday Party
When: December 6, 2016, 5-7pm
Where: Espita Mezcaleria, 1250 9th St NW, Washington, DC

DC-AAPOR and the Roper Center present… 2016 Election Polling: A Postmortem
When: November 16, 2016 3:00pm-5:30pm
Where: The Gallup Building, 901 F Street, NW The Great Hall, (2nd Floor)

This event was an opportunity to gather with colleagues and industry leaders to look back over the year, digest the recent election results, and examine implications for our profession and for the next administration. This postmortem’s panel included several distinguished guests, including Susan Page, David Winston, Celinda Lake, and Frank Newport. The panel was chaired by Murray Edelman.

Driving Black While in New Jersey
November 7, 2016 2:30-4:00pm
Pew Research Center

Were the New Jersey State Police disproportionately stopping cars driven by African-Americans on the southern end of the New Jersey turnpike? This lecture recounted the experiences of the speaker as a statistical expert witness in a case brought by the New Jersey Public Defenders. Sponsored by WSS Human Rights Statistics Program; ASA Statistics Without Borders; AAAS Scientific Responsibility, Human Rights and Law Program; DC-AAPOR; Capital Area Social Psychological Association.

Methods of Polling and Election Prediction
October 24, 2016
Microsoft offices

Two weeks before the election, DC-AAPOR offered an event where top pollsters gave their thoughts on who will win the election and how they make those calls. We brought together polling experts to discuss two topics on the minds of all who follow the polls. The first session discussed the role for telephone surveys in the polls of the future. The second session discussed the methods used by poll aggregators to produce state and national estimates for the presidential race. The evening concluded with a happy hour.

Washington Statistical Society Presents: Statistics and Presidential Elections
October 7, 2016
Gonzaga College High School

Speaker: Clyde Tucker, CNN and American Institutes for Research and Bureau of Labor Statistics (retired)
Chair: Carol L. Howald, Assistant Professor and Co-Chair, Department of Mathematics, Howard Community College
Sponsors: WSS Statistics Education Committee and Gonzaga College High School

Dr. Tucker is the chief statistician for CNN for their November election forecasts. In this talk he described how CNN and other networks make their election night decision as to when they have enough information to provide the public with projected winners.

The Polling Blues
August 8, 2016
RTI and Blues Alley

DC-AAPOR presented a day-night doubleheader. First, Jon Krosnick presented a talk and took questions on the current state of political polling, considering recent high-profile events such as the primary elections here in the US and the Brexit referendum in the UK. Later, DC-AAPOR hosted happy hour at Blues Alley to enjoy Krosnick’s band, Charged Particles, play a set with Paul McCandless.

Conference Preview/Review
July 18, 2016, 8:00am – 5:00pm
USDA Economic Research Service

This annual conference brought presentations from large national and international conferences to DC so we could all keep up on the latest developments in the field. WSS was a co-sponsor of this event.

Seminar: Does Participating in a Panel Survey Change Labor Market Behavior?
May 31, 2016, 12:30pm-2:00pm
BLS Conference Center

This seminar reviewed evidence that suggests panel conditioning not only affects the reporting of behavior (as previous studies have demonstrated), but can also alter respondents’ actual behavior.

Workshop: Spanish Survey Translation & Administration
April 28, 2016, 1:00-4:30pm
BLS Conference Center

This half day workshop focused on the basic issues of Spanish translation that confront the everyday practitioner – the practicalities of whether and how to offer Spanish language interviews, self-administered questionnaires, and other respondent communications.

Short Course: Introduction to R
April 11, 2016, 12:30-4:30pm
BLS Conference Center

This course provided attendees with no prior knowledge of R with the tools they need to do basic statistical analyses and where to find resources to continue learning after the class is over.

Happy Hour: Meet the AAPOR Council
March 28, 2016, 5:00-7:00pm
Zaytinya (701 9th St NW)

An after-work happy hour for mingling with the AAPOR Executive Council.


DC-AAPOR Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 5:30-7:30 PM
One Metro Center, in the 7th floor atrium
701 13th St NW, Washington, DC

A Seminar: Innovations in the 2020 Census
Monday, November 30th, 2015 12-2pm
Pew Research Center

Lisa Blumerman, Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs, summarized the 2020 Census design decisions and the associated estimates of cost savings. She also highlighted research and testing the Census Bureau has done leading up to these design decisions.

DC-AAPOR and the WSS Methodology Section present a seminar:
LGBT Population Measurement Issues
Tuesday, October 6th, 2015 1:00 – 4:00pm
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center

This free seminar featured four presentations, with time for Q&A, and a discussant. It addressed current issues in conducting research with or about the transgender population, sexual orientation, and households of same-sex couples. Presenters covered emerging survey administration and measurement challenges related to identification, using administrative records, and obtaining health reports from the LGBT population. To view abstracts of presentations, click here.

DC-AAPOR Presents the 9th Annual Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ) Special Issue Conference
Celebrating Public Opinion Quarterly – Selected Papers, 2014-2015
Friday, September 25th, 2015 8:00am – 4:30pm
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center

DC-AAPOR is proud to have hosted the 9th annual Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ) Special Issue Conference. This year’s one-day conference took a new approach: not only did we feature the guest editor and one author contributing to the 2015 “Cross-Cultural Issues in Survey Methodology” Special Issue, but six more selected POQ articles from the last two years of POQ. Attendees heard in-depth author discussions of their articles (provided to registrants in advance), with ample time for Q&A and discussion with each author.

Summer Conference Preview/Review 2015
Hosted by the DC-AAPOR & the Washington Statistical Society
Monday, August 3rd, 2015
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center, Washington DC

The annual conference preview/review was bigger and better this year: 35 presentations, including posters and demos, were arranged into 9 sessions. Participants gave us well-developed presentations drawn from six major prior or upcoming 2015 conferences. This year, we chose a one-day, two concurrent session format. Approximately 120 presenters and audience were in attendance. A happy hour followed at nearby 201 Bar. D3 Systems and Mathematica were our official sponsors, making this year’s conference possible.

See the final program for the full list of conference presentation titles, speakers, and links to slides from the presentations.

A Seminar – Methods and Directions for the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS)
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 12-1:30pm
Gallup International, Great Hall, 901 F St, NW DC

FEVS is the preeminent ongoing survey of Federal employees, conducted by OPM since 2002 to provide essential human capital information to Federal agencies about their workforce. It is also used by academic researchers in the fields of public administration and management. William G. Resh, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Sol Price School of Public Policy at USC, and Kimya Lee, PhD, Senior Advisor on Research & Evaluation at the US Office of Personnel Management, discussed the purposes, methodology, developments and possible changes that might allow more effective use by one community of academic researchers. In an engaging dialogue with the audience, technical and policy issues surrounding this complex survey program were discussed. Resh’s slides from his presentation are available here, and Lee’s slides are here.

A Workshop: Writing for Publication on Public Opinion and Survey Research
Monday, April 27th, 2015 1:00 – 4:30pm
Barbara Jordan Conference Center (1330 G Street, NW)

This event was a hands-on workshop to help people write for scientific publication, or improve their skills at doing that. DC-AAPOR assembled a panel of editors of the major journals in our discipline and well-known, frequently-published authors to orient attendees to the academic and other publication markets that may want to publish your work, give you advice on how to get published, and relay insider information on what editors and journal referees are looking for when they consider submissions.

A Reception – Meet the National AAPOR Executive Council
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 5:00 – 7:30pm
RTI International (7th floor atrium), 13th Street (and G St), NW DC

10 current AAPOR Executive Council officers met with chapter members to enjoy after-hours refreshments and talk about AAPOR issues and initiatives and the upcoming May Conference in Florida. President Michael Link, VP Mollyann Brodie, Membership/Chapter Relations Chair Jenny Hunter Childs and Conference Chair Dawn Nelson made remarks. Special thanks to Karol Krotki and the RTI team for working so hard to provide us their beautiful and commodious venue. Two new members joined – welcome!


DC-AAPOR Annual Holiday Party
Wednesday, December 10, 2014 5:30 – 7:30 PM
Capital City Brewing Co., 1100 New York Ave. NW, Washington, DC

2014 Election Polling: A Post-Mortem and Look to the Future
Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 3:00 – 5:30
The Gallup Organization, Great Hall (2nd floor), 901 F Street, NW DC

Co-sponsored by the Roper Center and DC-AAPOR, this event provided an opportunity to join with colleagues and industry leaders to look back over the year, digest the results and the performance of the new methodologies, and to examine their implications for our profession from different points of view. Polling experts, political strategists and analysts discussed how the polls fared during the Congressional voting season this year.

DC-AAPOR presents a Book Talk: Between the Covers of “Internet, Phone, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, 4th Edition” – an afternoon with authors Don Dillman, Jolene Smyth and Leah Christian
Wednesday, November 12th, 2014 4:00 – 6:00pm
US Government Accountability Office, Learning Center (441 G St, NW DC)

Three leading survey experts discussed the extensive revision of their influential 2009 book, Internet, Phone, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method. They focused on the key ideas in the new edition that they see as particularly important for survey research today and in the near future. The authors have rethought the behavioral basis of survey response to make it more compatible with today’s rapid-fire, asynchronous communication environment. They brought telephone back into the book (after excluding it from the second and third editions) and have made mixed-mode designs the central organizing feature of the book, arguing that mixed-mode designs provide new and important capabilities for improving the quality of sample survey results. In addition, they developed a companion website to provide new tools for survey design.

The authors discussed, in turn: the key themes that have changed, applying social exchange in today’s rapid-fire communication environment, and creating mixed-mode survey designs that work. Access the slides from this event. After audience discussion and questions, light refreshments were served, and the authors signed copies of their book for attendees who pre-ordered a copy.

The authors from left to right: Jolene Smyth, Don Dillman, and Leah Christian

DC-AAPOR presents the 2014 Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ) Special Issue Conference
Friday, October 24th, 2014 8:30 – 5:00
Barbara Jordan Conference Center 1330 G Street, NW DC

DC-AAPOR hosted the 8th annual Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ) Special Issue Conference. This year’s conference highlighted New Directions in Presidential-Election Research and featured presentations by the volume’s contributing authors. Topics included new methods for estimating election outcomes, the role of racial attitudes and party identification in recent elections, real-time assessments of public opinion, and more. View the full conference program (including scheduled speakers, presentation titles, etc.) To access papers from the conference, please visit the POQ Special Issue website.

Workshop on Eye Tracking and User Experience (UX) Research
Instructor: Jennifer Romano Bergstrom, Fors Marsh Group

Friday, September 19, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
The Gallup Organization, 901 F Street NW, # 400, Great Hall (2nd floor), Washington, DC 20004

This workshop, led by Dr. Jennifer Romano Bergstrom, brought together researchers with interests in usability testing, user experience (UX) design, and eye tracking research. It featured a mixture of presentation materials and participatory activities, including eye-tracking visualizations and video clips from past research studies, group and individual exercises, and hands-on experience. Topics covered included:

  • The fundamentals of eye-tracking methodology in the user experience field
  • Details about the different types of eye-tracking data and what each type can and cannot inform
  • Pros and cons of conducting eye tracking and using eye-tracking data
  • How to effectively conduct and moderate an eye-tracking session
  • How to analyze eye-tracking data to reveal usability and design issues
  • How to get client buy-in for incorporating eye tracking into the UX research process
  • How to evaluate and improve survey instruments through eye-tracking research

All event attendees received a copy of Dr. Romano Bergstrom’s 2014 book, Eye Tracking in User Experience Design. Access slides from this event.

DC-AAPOR & WSS present Surveys & Stats at the NATS 

Friday, September 26th, 2014 at 7:05 PM, Nationals Stadium, Scoreboard Pavilion

Workshop in Analysis and Reporting of Cognitive Interviews
Instructor: Gordon Willis, National Cancer Institute, NIH
Friday, September 5, 2014 9:00 – 1:30
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference and Training Center, Rooms 1 – 2, 2 Massachusetts Ave., NE Washington, DC 20212

Click here to download slides from this workshop in PowerPoint format.

Cognitive interviewing is a well-established questionnaire pretesting/evaluation method, but analysis techniques and reporting standards have not been as well developed. This workshop, led by Dr. Gordon Willis, brought together researchers with interest and experience in cognitive interviewing, to review current analysis models, discuss the benefits, costs, and best uses of each, and to develop ideas for collaborative research in order to further evaluate these approaches. Dr. Willis provided background on the close associations between cognitive interview test objectives, collection methods, and analysis techniques, and described a Cognitive Interviewing Reporting Format (CIRF) that provides practitioners with a framework for clarifying and documenting cognitive interviewing procedures as they are implemented in practice. Participants received actionable guidelines for improving the quality of their cognitive testing research, and opportunities to discuss ways of applying, evaluating, and enhancing analysis and reporting methods in their own work.

Summer Conference Preview/Review 2014
Hosted by the DC-Baltimore Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the Washington Statistical Society

July 22-23, 2014
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center, Washington DC

DC-AAPOR and WSS brought you a sample of exemplary presentations (both talks and posters) that took place at this year’s national conferences. The 2014 Summer Conference Preview/Review gave the opportunity to share your work, hear what others are doing, and socialize with colleagues. A happy hour was held on the first evening of the conference.

See the program for the full list of conference presentation titles, speakers, and links to slides from the presentations.

Workshop on Data Visualization – Maps and More with Social Explorer
Monday, June 23rd, 2014 9:00AM – 12:00PM
Bureau of Labor Statistics (2 Massachusetts Ave., NE Washington, DC), Conference Center, Room 3

An introduction to the general principles of data visualization and how it can enhance research and data dissemination. This workshop was led by the experts at Social Explorer – creators of a powerful data visualization tool developed through a collaborative NSF grant. The team illustrated different examples of big (and small) data visualization using interactive, web-based tools, and showed attendees how to create dynamic, interactive maps and presentations for demographic research, classroom lessons, public events, the media, and more. They also previewed some of the new features of the Social Explorer tool, and provided attendees with the foundation for making their own research projects more useful and impactful. This non-technical workshop was intended for a broad audience that includes survey researchers, survey operations and publications staff, social scientists, and journalists who want to develop and leverage more effective visualizations for research, analysis, and communication.

A Panel Discussion on Training for Survey Research
With Jill Dever, Graham Kalton, Scott Keeter, Danni Mayclin, Mikelyn Meyers and Barbara O’Hare
Moderated by Stanley Presser

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014 3:00 – 5:00
Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, Suite 700, NW Washington, DC

The invited panelists – prominent survey methodologists and young researchers active in the commercial, academic, and government survey sectors – shared their perspectives on the state of training in survey research, and we had a broader dialogue among the panelists and audience members on the critical issues and future directions of educational activities in the field. The event was immediately followed by a happy hour (with open bar) for both panelists and registrants. Click here for notes and links to download PowerPoint presentations from the event.

DC-AAPOR Presents a Seminar by Dr. Michael Schober (New School for Social Research)
Comparing New Survey Modes: Text and Voice Interviews on Smartphones
Tuesday, April 15th, 2014 11:00 – 12:30
BLS Conference and Training Center, Rooms 1 & 2

View the slides from this presentation.

ABSTRACT: Michael Schober discussed research, carried out with Fred Conrad and other collaborators at the University of Michigan and AT&T Research Labs, exploring how different interviewing modes on a single device (text and voice on an iPhone) and survey mode choice affect data quality, completion and satisfaction. By contacting iPhone users by either a human or automated interviewer, via voice or SMS text, four modes were established: Human Voice, Human Text, Automated Voice, and Automated Text. The findings demonstrate clear benefits from text vs. voice and from mode choice on a single device, and provide insight into which modes lead to less satisficing and more disclosure, how mode choice affects completion rates, and how mode choice affects respondent experience and satisfaction. These results were discussed within the broader context of evolving collection technologies, and what these changes may mean for survey interviews of the future.

Michael Schober is Professor of Psychology at the New School for Social Research and editor-in-chief of the journal Discourse Processes. In collaboration with Fred Conrad at the University of Michigan, he has studied interaction and comprehension in telephone and face-to-face survey interviews as well as the “dialogue” between respondents and interviewing agents in self-administered surveys. With Fred Conrad, he is co-editor of the volume Envisioning the Survey Interview of the Future (Wiley, 2007) and the co-recipient of AAPOR’s 2013 Mitofsky Innovators Award. In recent research he has been examining how survey interaction and data quality are affected by new communication technologies, including human and automated interviews via text and voice on smartphones and interviews with virtual animated agents.

New Member Appreciation Happy Hour
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:00-7:00 PM
La Tasca, 722 7th St. NW, Washington, DC

The FedCASIC Happy Hour (cohosted with WSS)
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 4:45 – 6:30 PM
The 201 Bar, 201 Mass Ave, NE, Washington, DC

Panel on Adaptive Survey Design
February 10, 2014, 1:00 PM – 4:15 PM
The Gallup Building, 901 F Street NW, Great Hall (2nd floor).

This half-day event was organized around four key topics related to adaptive and responsive survey designs: cost and data quality indicators; paradata and displays; systems infrastructure; and models and interventions. Speakers addressed broad themes rather than focusing on one case study or survey as well as used examples from their own and others’ experiences to discuss the current state of adaptive and responsive survey design, its challenges, and its future trajectory.


Time Speaker(s) Topic
1:00 Scott Fricker Introductory Remarks Slides
1:15 Peter Miller Cost and Data Quality Indicators Slides
1:45 Frauke Kreuter & Andrew Mercer Paradata and Displays Slides
2:15 Break
2:30 Anup Mathur & Michael Thieme Systems Infrastructure Slides
3:00 Andy Peytchev Models and Interventions Slides
3:30 Frauke Kreuter Concluding Remarks Slides
4:00 Question and Answer

Speakers included leading survey researchers and practitioners versed in adaptive and responsive survey design.

Scott Fricker is a Senior Research Psychologist at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. He received a Ph.D. in Survey Methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. His research interests include survey nonresponse and measurement errors, process and product quality, respondent burden, and respondent-interviewer interactions.

Frauke Kreuter is an Associate Professor in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, USA; Professor of Statistics at Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität in Munich, Germany; and head of the Statistical Methods Research Department at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nürnberg, Germany. She received her Ph.D. in Survey Methodology from the University of Konstanz. Her research focuses on sampling and measurement errors in complex surveys.

Anup Mathur serves as the Senior Computer Scientist and Enterprise Solutions Architect at the Bureau of Census, where he is a senior advisor to the CIO and CTO with regard to the design, implementation, and evaluation of developmental projects for IT systems at the Census Bureau. He currently is engaged in the planning of common service platforms for Data Collection and Processing at the Bureau. He also serves as the Solution Architect for the Center for Adaptive Design. Dr. Mathur has more than 15 years of experience in technical program management and in designing, integrating, and deploying complex IT systems. He received his Ph.D. in computer science from Virginia Polytechnic & State University, Masters from the University of Georgia, and Bachelor’s from the University of Delhi.

Andrew Mercer is a Senior Survey Methodologist at Westat and Ph.D. student in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland where he also received his MS. His research interests include responsive design, the use of paradata to guide survey operations, and agent based models.

Peter Miller is Chief of the Center for Survey Measurement at the U.S. Census Bureau and Chief Scientist in the Bureau’s Center for Adaptive Design. Before arriving at Census in 2011, Dr. Miller spent 29 years at Northwestern University, where he holds an appointment as Professor Emeritus. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Public Opinion Quarterly from 2001 to 2008, and President of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) in 2009-2010. Dr. Miller earned his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan. His current research interests include interviewer and mode effects in surveys, survey nonresponse, and the impact of adaptive design approaches on efficiency and quality in data collection.

Andy Peytchev is a Senior Survey Methodologist at RTI International and Associate Editor of Public Opinion Quarterly. He received his PhD in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan. His key research interests include reduction and adjustment for survey nonresponse, and responsive and adaptive survey designs.

Michael Thieme is Chief for the Center for Adaptive Design at the U.S. Census Bureau where he leads work to increase survey and census efficiency by researching, designing, and building tools and methods that enable the use of empirical data to facilitate intelligent business decisions prior to and during data collection. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas and the Federal Executive Institute, holds a Masters Certificate in Information Technology Project Management from George Washington University, and is a certified Project Management Professional. Michael has over twenty years of leadership and management experience in government and private sector positions.


DC-AAPOR Annual Holiday Party at La Tasca on December 16th
Monday, December 16, 2013 6:00 – 8:00 PM
La Tasca, 722 7th St. NW, Washington, DC

Data Visualization: Lessons from News Graphics
Amanda Cox
Thursday, December 5, 2013, 6:00 PM
Pew Research Center, 1615 L St. N.W. Washington, DC 20036Amanda Cox, New York Times graphics editor, talked about how the New York Times uses data graphics, discussed sketches that reveal the process behind data graphics development, and touched on the future of data graphics.Amanda Cox (@amandacox) is a graphics editor at the New York Times. Before joining the Times in 2005, she earned a masters degree in statistics from the University of Washington. She received the Excellence in Statistical Reporting Award from the American Statistical Association in 2012 and was part of a team that won a National Design Award in 2009. Her first job, a long time ago and briefly, was as a research assistant at the Federal Reserve Board.

Public Opinion Quarterly Special Issue Conference: Topics in Survey Measurement and Public Opinion
Monday, September 16, 2013, 8:30-4:30
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation Barbara Jordan Conference Center
1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC, 20005This year’s conference highlighted topics in survey measurement including research on public opinion and attitudes, questions and questionnaires, and interviewers and interviewing.

    • Paul C. Bauer – Testing for Measurement Equivalence in Surveys: Dimensions of Social Trust across Cultural Contexts
    • Robert F. Belli: Memory, Communication, and Data Quality in Calendar Interviews
    • Simon Chauchard – Using MP3 Players in Surveys: The Impact of a Low-Tech Self-Administration Mode on Reporting of Sensitive Attitudes
    • Theresa J. DeMaio – Exploring Measurement Error Issues in Reporting of Same-Sex Couples
    • Jennifer Dykema – Introductory remarks
    • James L. Gibson – Measuring Political Tolerance and General Support for Pro-Civil Liberties Policies: Notes, Evidence, and Cautions
    • Jamie Griffin – On the Use of Latent Variable Models to Detect Differences in the Interpretation of Vague Quantifiers
    • Allyson L. Holbrook – A New Question Sequence to Measure Voter Turnout in Telephone Surveys: Results of an Experiment in the 2006 ANES Pilot Study
    • Benjamin E. Lauderdale – Does Inattention to Political Debate Explain the Polarization Gap between the U.S. Congress and Public?
    • Cleo Redline – Clarifying Categorical Concepts in a Web Survey
    • Jennifer Sinibaldi – Evaluating the Measurement Error of Interviewer Observed Paradata
    • Nora Cate Schaeffer – Introductory remarks

DC-AAPOR/WSS Summer Conference Preview/Review 2013

Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center Rooms 1-3, Washington DC
July 30-31, 2013
The conference brought a sample of many amazing talks taking place this year at national conferences like AAPOR, JSM, ESRAC, ITSEW, IFD&TC, and others. The conference schedule is available here.

AAPOR 68th Annual Conference: ‘Asking Critical Questions: Toward a Sustainable Future for Public Opinion and Social Research’
May 16-19, 2013
Seaport Boston Hotel & Seaport World Trade Center Boston, Massachusetts

Cognitive Interview Workshop
April 26, 2013, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center, Rooms 7 & 8

Introduction to Web Survey Usability Design and Testing Workshop
April 4, 2013, 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center, Rooms 7 & 8

Outstanding Member Recognition Happy Hour
March 21, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 PM at La Tasca
La Tasca, 722 7th St. NW, Washington, DC 20001
Spanish appetizers and drinks in celebration of three outstanding members:

      • Stanley Presser, recipient of DC-AAPOR’s 2012 Outstanding Achievement Award
      • Tim Triplett, recipient of a very special DC-AAPOR Outstanding Service Award
      • Jenna Fulton, winner of the 2012 Student Paper Competition


DC-AAPOR 2012 Holiday Party
December 17, 2012 at Clyde’s of Gallery Place (Chinatown, Washington DC)

Issues in the Evaluation of Data Quality for Business Surveys
Tuesday October 23, 2012 / 12:30 – 2:00 BLS Conference Center
Speaker: Paul Biemer (RTI); Chair: Jill Dever, RTI International [slides]

Nonresponse Prevention, Evaluation, and Adjustment in Establishment Data
October 15, 2012 at BLS Conference Center

Nonresponse Reduction
-McCarthy, Jaki (NASS) [slides]
Nonresponse Bias Analysis for Establishment Surveys – Guidance from the U.S. Office of Management and Budget
-Harris-Kojetin, Brian (OMB) [slides]
Nonresponse Bias Analysis for Business Surveys – A Perspective from the U.S. Census Bureau
-Thompson, K. Jenny (Census) [slides]
Adjusting for Unit Nonresponse in an Establishment Survey Under a Logistic Response Model
– Kott, Phil (RTI) [slides]

Statistics and Audit Sampling with Application to the Eloise Cobell Indian Trust Case
Thursday October 11, 2012 / 12:30 – 2:00 Mathematica-MPR, 1101 First Street NE, 12th Floor, Washington DC 20002,
Speakers: Mary Batcher and Fritz Scheuren; Chair: Daniel Lee

Public Opinion Quarterly Special Issue Conference: (The Past, Present, and Future of Public Opinion Research)
Thursday, September 27, 2012 / 8:30 – 4:30 USDA Jefferson Auditorium

Summer Conference Preview/Review 2012
June 21-22, 2012 at BLS Conference Center

Did the 2010 Census Social Marketing Campaign Shift Public Mindsets?
-Nancy Bates & Mary Mulry [slides]
The Effect of Mode on Participant Responses to Qualitative Research in Virtual Worlds
-Sarah Dipko, Catherine Billington, & Pat Dean Brick [slides]
A Comprehensive Reassessment of Establishment Surveys across the Entire Data Collection Process
-Grace O’Neill & Kenneth Pick [slides]
Models for a Longitudinal Quantitative Outcome with Multivariate Normal (MVN) Distribution Censored by Therapeutic Intervention
-Wanjie Sun, Michael Larsen, & John Lachin [slides]
Small Area Confidence Bounds on Small Cell Proportions in Survey Populations
-Eric Slud, Aaron Gilary, & Jerry Maples [slides]
Survey Research of Economic Incentives: Do Incentives Given Prior to a Survey Affect Participation in the Survey?
-Aaron Hill [slides]
Cognitive Interviewing Without the Cognitive Interviewer
-Jennifer Edgar [slides]
Developing Calibration Weights and Variance Estimates for a Survey of Drug-Related Emergency-Room Visits
-Phil Kott [slides]
What is That Thing? Knowledge and Usage of Quick Response Codes
-Jonathan Mendelson, Matt Lackey, & Scott Turner [slides]
Is there a Greater Analytic Potential for Open-ended Survey Questions? A Comparison of Analytic Strategies
-Casey Tesfaye [slides]
Significance Testing For Two Cluster Samples With Identical Clusters And Different Units
-Pedro J Saavedra, R .Lee Harding, & Ronaldo Iachan [slides]
Monitoring health care access and utilization following implementation of the Affordable Care Act using the National Health Interview Survey
-Renee M. Gindi, Robin A. Cohen, & Whitney K. Kirzinger [slides]
Early Stage Scoping: Bridging the Gap between Survey Concepts and Survey Questions
-Kristin Stettler & Fran Featherston [slides]

Introduction to Statistics Without Borders and Discussion of the Global Citizen Year Project
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 / 12:30 – 2:00 Mathematica-MPR, 1101 First Street NE, 12th Floor, Washington DC 20002,
Gary Shapiro, Chair Statistics Without Borders; and Shari McGee


DC-AAPOR 2011 Holiday Party
December 12, 2011 at La Tasca, 722 7th St. NW, Washington DC

Communicating Disclosure Risk to Non-Statisticians
October 18, 2011 at BLS Conference Center
George Zipf, National Center for Health Statistics [slides]
Steven Hirschfeld and Eunice Kennedy Shriver, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development [slides]
Jennifer Park, Office of Management and Budget [slides]
Laura LoGerfo, National Center for Education Statistics [slides]

Using EEG and Eye tracking to Usability Test a Market Research Questionnaire
September 29, 2011 at the Bethesda Library
Caroline Jarrett, user experience consultant

DC-AAPOR Conference on Total Survey Error
September 21, 2011 at KFF Barbara Jordan Conference Center
POQ Special Issue Authors [slides]

Dual-Frame RDD Methodology – A Better Approach
September 1st, 2011, 12:00-1:30pm
Mansour Fahimi, Marketing Systems Group

To Link or Not to Link? Assessing the Quality of Administrative Data for Survey Research
August 18th, 2011, 3:30-5pm
Joe Sakshaug, University of Michigan, Program in Survey Methodology [slides]

How Do Respondents React when Asked to Self-Report their Behavior?
July 26, 2011, 4pm
Marla Cralley, MBA, Arbitron

Understanding the Dyadic Nature of Interviewer-Respondent Interaction: Beyond Traditional ‘Interviewer Effects’
June 6, 2011, 6:30-10:00pm
Dr. Matt Jans, Survey Methodologist, U.S. Census Bureau

How Much of Interviewer Variance is Really Nonresponse Error Variance?
April 14, 2011 6:30-8:30pm
Brady T. West, Michigan Program in Survey Methodology (MPSM)

DC-AAPOR Short Course: How to Write Effective Survey Questions
Wednesday, February 16, 2011 12:30-3pm
Nora Cate Schaeffer, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Methodology of the Fourth National Incidence Study of Child Abuse and Neglect (co-sponsored with WSS and Capital Area Social Psychological Association)
January 19, 2011 at the American Psychological Association
Andrea J. Sedlak, Westat [slides]


DC-AAPOR 2010 Holiday Party
December 15, 2010 at Acadiana, 901 New York Avenue NW Washington DC

A Discussion of Nonresponse Bias Studies (co-sponsored with WSS)
November 10, 2010 at BLS
J. Michael Brick, Westat and JPSM [slides]

Plans for the First Release of Small Area Data from the American Community Survey
November 8, 2010 at BLS
Deborah Griffin, U.S. Census Bureau [slides]

Workshop on Understanding Presidential Elections: 2008 and Beyond
October 15, 2010 at KFF Barbara Jordan Conference Center
POQ Special Issue Authors [slides]

Fall Happy Hour at Science Club
October 5, 2010 at Science Club DC, 1136 19th St NW Washington DC

Are Cognitive Testing Results Reliable? Further Exploration and Discussion
September 30, 2010 at BLS
Gordon B. Willis, National Cancer Institute, NIH [slides]

Creating and Evaluating a New Method for Collecting Survey Data via the Internet
July 15, 2010 at BLS
Jon Krosnick, Stanford University

The OMB Clearance Process for Federal Statistical Surveys (co-sponsored with WSS)
June 30, 2010 at BLS
Paul Bugg, Brian Harris-Kojetin, and Shelly Wilke Martinez of the Office of Management and Budget

Happy Hour at Science Club
June 3rd, 2010 at Science Club DC, 1136 19th St NW Washington DC

MockPOR with JPSM- AAPOR conference preview
May 10th, 2010 at Lefrak Hall, University of Maryland
Stephanie Eckman, Jenna Fulton and Frauke Kreuter, Brady West, and Casey Tesfaye

Washington Statistical Society/DC-AAPOR Seminar: Is it Culturally Ethical? Human Rights Challenges in International Survey Research
April 26th, 2010 at Pew Research Center 1615 L Street, NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC
Safaa Amer, Senior Statistician, NORC at the University of Chicago [slides] Mary Gray, Professor of Mathematics and Statistics, American University [slides]

Panel on same sex marriage and civil unions
March 2nd, 2010 at Urban Institute – 2100 M St NW Washington, DC 20037

The Challenges of Conducting the Census 2010 
January 21st, 2010 at Pew Research Center 1615 L Street, NW, Suite 700 Washington, DC
Dr. Robert Groves, Director, U.S. Census Bureau [ Robert Groves transcript, Robert Groves audio, Jeffrey S Passel transcript , Joseph Salvo transcript, Constance F Citro transcript]


Geographic Information (GIS) Data Collection and Storage (co-sponsored with WSS)
December 16th, 2009 at 12:30-2:00pm
Chuck Roberts, ESRI Federal Account Manager and Tosia Shall, ESRI Sales Engineer [slides]; Rick Mueller, Head/Spatial Analysis Research, National Agricultural Statistics Service [slides]

DC-AAPOR Holiday Party
December 9th, 2009 at Acadiana, 901 New York Avenue, NW, W, DC 20001

SHORT COURSE: Analysis of Cognitive Interviews
December 4th, 2009 at BLS Conference Center
Gordon Willis, National Cancer Institute, NIH

Panel on Address‐Based Sampling (co-sponsored with WSS)
November 10th, 2009 at BLS Conference Center
Anna Fleeman‐Elhini, Arbitron Inc. [slides]; Michael Link, Nielsen Media Research [slides]; Jill Montaquila, Westat [slides]; and Robert Poole, BLS [slides]

SHORT COURSE: Practical Tools for Non-Response Bias Studies
November 6th, 2009 at Pew Research Center (1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036)
Kristen Olson and Jill Montaquila

The Sociolinguistics of Survey Translation (co-sponsored with WSS)
October 8th, 2009 at BLS Conference Center
Yuling Pan [slides], Eileen O’Brien [slides]

Current Issues in Cognitive Interviews: State of the Art/Science
September 18th, 2009 at U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2 Massachusetts Avenue, NE Washington, DC 20212-0001
Gordon Willis, National Cancer Institute, NIH

DC-AAPOR Workshop on Web Survey Methods
September 10th, 2009 at Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20005
Mick Couper, Mario Callegaro [slides], Don Dillman, Robin Gentry [slides], Frauke Kreuter [slides], Larry Malakhoff [slides], Jennifer Romano [slides], Vera Toepoel [slides], Roger Tourangeau [slides]

Health Care Reform and Public Opinion
August 19th, 2009 at Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Washington, DC 20036
Scott Keeter [slides], Claudia Deane [slides], Amy Walter
Video from the seminar

Pre-Election Polling Panel
July 23rd, 2009 at ESSI Conference Room, 1990 K Street NW
Mark Blumenthal, Glen Bolger, Mark Mellman

Summer Planning Meeting
June 25th, 2009 at BLS, 2 Massachusetts Ave, NE

Current State of Telephony in the U.S.
June 15th, 2009 at Gordon Biersch Brewery, 900 F Street, NW
Stephen Blumberg [slides]

The Future of Telephone Surveys (co-sponsored with WSS)
May 20th, 2009 at BLS
Clyde Tucker, BLS [slides]; Scott Keeter, Pew; Karol Krotki, RTI International [slides]

Preview of Upcoming AAPOR Presentations
April 29th, 2009 at BLS Conference Center, 2 Mass. Ave, NE

Introduction to Survey Sampling
April 28th, 2009 at Urban Institute, 2100 M Street, NW, W, DC 20037
Karol Krotki

Practical Issues in Cell Phone Polling
April 16th, 2009 at Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW Suite 700
Scott Keeter, Leah Christian and Michael Dimock [slides]

Meet the Author: David Moore
March 26th, 2009 at Gordon Biersch Brewery 900 F Street, NW
David Moore

Meet the AAPOR Executive Council
March 12th, 2009 at Teatro Goldoni (1909 K Street, NW)

AAPOR Standards for Minimum Disclosure
March 12th, 2009 at 1990 K St, NW
Mary Losch, PhD [slides]

2009 DC-AAPOR Planning Meeting
February 11th, 2009 at Gordon Biersch (900 F Street, NW)

2009 Short Course on Incentives
January 27th, 2009 at Urban Institute 2100 M Street, N.W. Washington, DC 20037
Paul J. Lavrakas, Ph.D


DC-AAPOR Holiday Party
December 10th, 2008 at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse, 809 15th Street, NW

2008 Sampling Short Course
November 25th, 2008 at RTI International, 701 13th Street NW, Suite 750
Karol Krotki

WARREN J. MITOFSKY AWARD DINNER presented by The Roper Center for Public Opinion Research
November 13th, 2008

Usability of Electronic Voting and Public Opinion about the New Technology
October 24th, 2008 at Bureau of Labor Statistics, Conference Center
Frederick Conrad and Michael Traugott, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan [slides]
Chair: Kathy Downey, Bureau of Labor Statistics

The Increasing Difficulty of Obtaining Personal Interviews in the United States- Ever Changing Social Environment
October 23rd, 2008 at Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center
William Wayne Hatcher, Regional Director, Charlotte Region, Census Bureau
Discussant: Terry P. O’Connor, Head, Data Quality Research Section, National Agricultural Statistics Service/USDA
Chair: Marilyn Worthy, Energy Information Administration

Metadata from the Data Collection Point of View
September 10th, 2008 at Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center
Daniel Gillman, Information Scientist, U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Workshop on Cell Phone Numbers and Telephone Surveying in the U.S.
September 4th, 2008 at Kaiser Family Foundation, 1330 G Street, NW
List of speakers available on Cell Phone Workshop Agenda

DC-AAPOR Annual Business Meeting
July 24th, 2008 at Gallup World Headquarters, 901 F Street NW, Washington, D.C. 20004

Politics and Polling
February 20th, 2008 at The Pew Research Center, 1615 L Street, NW, Suite 700, Washington, DC 20036Danna Basson, Mathematica Policy Research, Inc.
Jon Cohen, The Washington Post
Mark Blumenthal,

Focus Groups for Surveys: Short Course
December 14th, 2007 at The Urban Institute
Jennifer Edgar & Christine Rho


DC-AAPOR End-of-the-Year Celebration
December 12th, 2007 at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse (15th Street)

Surveying Under Adverse Conditions
October 9th, 2007 at RTI International, 701 13th Street NW, Washington, DC
Caterina Roman, Urban Institute [slides]; Mollyann Brodie, Kaiser Family Foundation [slides]; Matthew Warshaw, D3 Systems [slides]; Joe Eyerman, RTI International & SAPOR (discussant) [slides]

26th Annual SAPOR Conference
October 4th, 2007 at NCSU University Club, Raleigh, NC

New Experiments on the Design of Complex Survey Questions
September 12th, 2007 at Bureau of Labor Statistics, Conference Room 1
Paul Beatty, NCHS [slides] and Floyd J. Fowler, UMass Boston [slides]

An Introduction to the State of the USA, Inc. (SUSA)
September 12th, 2007 at BLS Conference Room 1
Edward Sondik, National Center for Health Statistics (Chair); Christopher Hoenig, President and CEO, SUSA; Robert Groves, University of Michigan/JPSM; Jane Ross, National Research Council, The National Academies

Methodological Issues in Measuring Health Insurance Coverage and Costs
August 21st, 2007 at BLS Conference Center, Room 2
Joanne Pascale, U.S. Census Bureau; Timothy Triplett, Urban Institute; Anne Kearney, U.S. Census Bureau; David Kashihara, ARHQ (discussant) [slides]

DC-AAPOR Annual Program Planning Meeting & Happy Hour
June 21st, 2007 at Capitol City Brewing Company (Union Station)

The Role of Statistics and Statisticians in Human Rights
May 17th, 2007 at AAAS Headquarters Auditorium
David Banks, Duke University; Gary Shapiro, Westat; Paul Zador, Westat; Ariela Blatter, Amnesty International (Chair); Erik Voeten, George Washington University (Discussant)

Survey Sampling Short Course
April 27th, 2007 at RTI International, 701 13th Street NW, Washington, DC
Karol Krotki

Workshop on Nonresponse Bias in Household Surveys
March 30th, 2007 at Kaiser Family Foundation
Peter Miller, Robert Groves, Kristen Olson, Scott Keeter, Frauke Kreuter, Young Ik Cho, Katharine Abraham, Michael Brick, Michael Link, Eleanor Singer [slides] [report]

Happy Hour and AAPOR Sneak Peak
March 15th, 2007 at McCormick and Schmicks
Patricia Moy and Frank Newport

Measurement and Statistical Analysis of Human Rights: A Model
March 8th, 2007 at Bureau of Labor Statistics, Conference Center
Brian J. Grim, Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life

Mortality in Iraq
February 6th, 2007 at Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center
Dr. Graham Kalton, Westat (chair); Dr. Gilbert Burnham, Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Bloomberg School of Public Health, JHU Ms Shannon Doocy, Center for Refugee and Disaster Response, Bloomberg School of Public Health, JHU Dr. Scott Zeger, Dept of Biostatistics, Bloomberg School of Public Health, JHU (speakers); Jana Asher, AAAS and Dr. David Marker, Westat (discussants)


Holiday Party
December 12th, 2006 at Bobby Van’s Steakhouse

Sampling Short Course
November 8th, 2006 at RTI International, 701 13th Street NW, Washington, DC
Karol Krotki

Seminar on the Mid-term Elections
October 26th, 2006 at Pew Research Center
Scott Keeter , Director of Surveys at the Pew Research Center , Karlyn Bowman, Senior Fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and Amy Gershkoff, Senior Associate at Greenberg Quinlan Rossner Research

How to Steal an Election: Meet-the-author session with David Moore
October 18th, 2006 at University of California, Washington Center
David Moore; Murray Edelman (discussant)

What They See Is What You Get: Nuts and Bolts of Web Surveys
September 7th, 2006 at Pew Research Center
Reg Baker

Understanding Hispanic Respondents
August 17th, 2006 at The Pew Research Center
Roberto Suro, Director of the Pew Hispanic Center, and Manuel Benitez, Director of Operations of Latino Opinion

DCAAPOR Happy Hour/ Alumni Night
June 21st, 2006 at Ireland’s Four Courts in Arlington

AAPOR Exhibition / Market Research Association (MRA) Annual Conference
June 14th, 2006 at J.W. Marriott Hotel

AAPOR 2006 Sneak Peek: DC AAPOR Happy Hour with AAPOR Executive Council
March 16th, 2006 at McCormick and Schmick’s Restaurant, 901 F Street, NW
David Moore and Patricia Moy

DC-AAPOR 2006 Program Planning Meeting and Happy Hour
February 2nd, 2006 at Pew Research Center


DC-AAPOR End of the Year Celebration
December 15th, 2005 at The Barking Dog
Hosted by DC-AAPOR

Weighting Short Course
October 20th, 2005 at Location: The Wilderness Society
Karol Krotki, Senior Research Statistician, RTI International

Panel on Privacy and Public Perception of Risks
September 28th, 2005 at Bureau of Labor Statistics (bring a photo ID)
Ari Schwartz, Associate Director, Center for Democracy and Technology; David Banks, Professor in Statistics, Duke University; Brian Dautch, Director of Government Affairs for the Council on Marketing and Opinion Research; Gerald Gates, Chief, Privacy Office for the US Census Bureau; Herb Lin, Senior Scientist, Senior Staff Officer for the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council of the National Academies; Alvan O. Zarate, National Center for Health Statistics (Chair)

Meet the Author Session
September 20th, 2005 at Capital City Brewing Company (Postal Square Building)
Gordon Willis, Jennifer Rothgeb, and Betsy Martin

Happy Hour at the Barking Dog
July 21st, 2005 at The Barking Dog
Hosted by DC-AAPOR

Fourth Funding Opportunity Seminar in Survey and Statistical Research
June 13th, 2005 at BLS Conference Center
Paul Biemer, Malay Ghosh, Tapabrata Maiti, lan Heston, Robert Feenstra, Leonard Stefanski, Robert E. Fay

An Introduction to the American Time Use Survey
May 26th, 2005 at Bureau of Labor Statistics
Jay Stewart, Bureau of Labor Statistics; Katharine G. Abraham, JPSM (Chair)

Questionnaire Design Methodology for a Study of Human Rights Abuses
May 25th, 2005 at Bureau of Labor Statistics
Jana Asher, Carnegie Mellon University; Fritz Scheuren, NORC, University of Chicago (Discussant)

The Iowa State Poll: Its History and the Methodological Challenges of State Polls
May 19th, 2005 at Bureau of Labor Statistics
J. Ann Selzer, Ph.D.

Mortality Before and After the 2003 Invasion Of Iraq: Cluster Sample Survey
April 8th, 2005 at BLS Conference Center
Les Roberts, John Hopkins School of Medicine; Jana Asher, Carnegie Mellon University (Discussant); Wendy Rotz, Ernst & Young LLP (Chair)

Analysis of Nonresponse in Telephone Surveys
March 10th, 2005 at BLS Conference Center
Randal ZuWallack, Ronaldo Iachan, Leslyn Hall, ORC Macro International Inc.; John Dixon, BLS (Discussant); Roberta Sangster, BLS (Chair)

Pre-election Polls and the 2004 General Election
March 8th, 2005 at Bureau of Labor Statistics
Mark Schulman, Schulman, Ronca, and Bucuvalas; Frank Newport, The Gallup Organization; Scott Keeter, Pew Research Center; Clyde Tucker, Bureau of Labor Statistics (Chair)

Documenting Atrocities in Dafur
February 15th, 2005 at BLS Conference Center
Jonathan P. Howard, U.S. Department of State, and Stefanie Frease, Coalition for International Justice

DC-AAPOR 2005 Planning Meeting
February 8th, 2005 at BLS
Program Committee


Happy Hour
October 7th, 2004 at Capital City Brewing Company

Translation of Survey Instruments
July 7th, 2004 at BLS
Alisu Schoua-Glusberg

Mobile Telecomm. and Changes in Telephone Survey Methods
March 17th, 2004 at The Urban Institute
Charlotte Steeh, Ph.D.

Federal Regulations on Human Participant Protections
February 26th, 2004 at BLS Conference and Training Center (basement level)
Stephen Blumberg, PhD

GPS versus Travel Diary Data: A Study of Misreporting
January 15th, 2004 at BLS
Dr. Johanna Zmud, President, NuStats; Dr. Jean Wolfe, President, GeoStats


Survey Nonresponse Measurement Reconsidered
December 3rd, 2003 at BLS
Fritz Scheuren (NORC), Mike Dennis (Knowledge Networks), and Robie Sangster (BLS)

Exit Polls and the California Recall Election
November 12th, 2003 at BLS
Warren J. Mitofsky, Mitofsky International

An Overview of the New 2004 SIPP Instrument
October 23rd, 2003 at BLS
Pat Doyle, Anna Chan, Nancy Bates, Jeff Moore, and Joanne Pascale, U.S. Bureau of the Census

Deciding to Answer: The Ethnographic Context of Privacy and Confidentiality
June 26th, 2003 at BLS
Eleanor Gerber, Statistical Research Division, U.S. Census Bureau

The Second Seminar on the Funding Opportunity in Survey Research
June 9th, 2003 at BLS
Robert Fay, Monroe Sirken, Research Subcommittee of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology

Insights into the OMB Clearance Process for Survey Information Collections
May 7th, 2003 at BLS
Brian Harris-Kojetin and Karen Lee, OMB

Interviewer Falsification and Scientific Misconduct
April 15th, 2003 at BLS
Dr. Robert M. Groves, University of Michigan

The Impact of the Survey Introduction on Respondents: A Source of Reassurance or Reason for Heightened Anxiety
February 27th, 2003 at UI
Dr. Carolyn L. Funk, Virginia Commonwealth University


Web-Based Survey Experiment to Examine Public Response to Direct-to-Consumer (DTC) Prescription Drug Advertising
November 20th, 2002 at BLS
Mollyann Brodie, Ph.D., Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Afghan Refugee Camp Surveys: Pakistan, 2002
October 17th, 2002 at BLS
James Bell, Ruth Citrin, David Nolle (U.S. Department of State) and Fritz Scheuren (NORC, University of Chicago)

Public Opinion Polling in the West Bank and Gaza
September 4th, 2002 at UI
Dr. Khalil Shikaki

Including Families with Limited English Proficiency in the Early Childhood Longitudinal Study Birth Cohort (ECLS-B)
April 25th, 2002 at BLS
Brad Edwards

Incentives in Internet Surveys
April 9th, 2002 at BLS
Robert Tortora

Tests of Two Methods of Household Contact to Improve Survey Response Rates
March 13th, 2002 at BLS
Barbara O’Hare

An Investigation of Response Rates in Random Digit Dialed Telephone Surveys
January 23rd, 2002 at BLS
Brenda Cox, Daniel O’Connor, Kathryn Chandler


Privacy and Confidentiality Issues Related to Survey Data
December 5th, 2001 at GAO
Dr. Norman Bradburn

Attitudes Toward the War on Terrorism
October 26th, 2001 at BLS
Rich Morin

Understanding Respondents’ Interpretation of the Vague Economic Concept “Cash”
July 25th, 2001 at BLS
Ashley Landreth & Eileen O’Brien

The Polling Lessons of Campaign 2000
June 20th, 2001 at BLS
Andrew Kohut

The American Public On Its Role in Public Policy
May 22nd, 2001 at UI
Steven Kull

Methodological Issues Involved in Doing Research on Catholics and the Catholic Church
March 28th, 2001 at UI
Mary L. Gautier

Evaluation of a New Methodology and Technology for Measuring Respondent Compliance with a Survey Task
February 9th, 2001 at UI
Brian Harris-Kojetin

Unfortunately, there are no records on events held prior to 2001.