Upcoming Events

Honoring Scott Fricker
February 26, 2018 5-7pm

DC-AAPOR would like to invite you to join us as we remember Scott Fricker. This special gathering will be held February 26, 2018 from 5:00-7:00pm at Gallup (901 F Street NW Washington, DC 20004).

Scott was a well-respected friend and colleague whose kindness and warmth touched us all. We would like to take this opportunity for those who knew him to get together and share their fond memories and reflect on how he touched everyone’s lives. Scott was an active member of our community, so please join us to share drinks with friends as we remember the positive and supportive person he was. To register for this event please go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/special-gathering-to-remember-scott-fricker-tickets-42675577802

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: www.gofundme.com/fricker-educational-fund.

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 Edgar.Jennifer@bls.gov.

For questions, please contact Heather Ridolfo (heather.ridolfo@nass.usda.gov) or Doug Williams (douglaswilliams@westat.com).

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

To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/workshop-on-responsive-and-adaptive-survey-design-tickets-40920373940.

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 is 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 is based on the Special Issue of Journal of Official Statistics on Responsive and Adaptive Design, published in September 2017. The Special Issue of JOS, edited by Dr. Asaph Young Chun, Dr. Barry Schouten and Dr. James Wagner, focuses on the most up-to-date theory and best practices of responsive and adaptive designs. Authors and editors will discuss findings from the articles and present up-to-date research on the strengths and limitations of responsive and adaptive design in complex surveys and censuses.

Who should attend?
Anyone interested in learning more about the current state of responsive and adaptive design methodologies. Attendees in the workshop will learn about formalized rules of adaptive design for adaptation to their own survey context. Attendees will also learn about the impact of responsive and adaptive designs on the quality of household survey estimates in both household and establishment contexts. Each presentation in the Workshop provides a good amount of time for attendees to ask questions and engage in discussion. Attendees will receive a copy of the JOS Special Issue.

For more information, contact Douglas Williams at douglaswilliams@westat.com.

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

To register, go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rescheduled-public-opinion-quarterly-poq-special-issue-conference-tickets-41339679093

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

Attendees will hear in-depth author discussions of their articles, expanding on the motivation for and relevance of their papers, extensions to survey research and public opinion practice, and prospects for future work. There will be ample time for Q&A and discussion after each author’s presentation.

The following individuals will be presenting and participating in the discussion:

  • 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!