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American Association for Public Opinion Research

Past Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award Winners

Frauke Kreuter, PhD, University of Maryland, University of Mannheim and Institute for Employment Research (IAB)
James Jackson, University of Michigan   for innovative survey data collection methods for studying the political, social, psychological, and mental health of African Americans.
Anthony Lieserowitz, Yale University, for a new statistical method to downscale national public opinion estimates using multiple regression and post stratification (MPR) survey data collection methodology
Don Dillman, Washington State University; Leah Melani Christian, Nielsen; Michelle Edwards, Texas Christian University; Benjamin Messer, Research into Action, Inc.; Morgan Millar, University of Utah; Jolene Smyth, University of Nebraska – Lincoln, for web-push data collection methodology that uses postal mail contacts to request a web response while withholding alternative response modes until later in the data collection process. Their methodology is now being used by the U.S. Census Bureau and in many countries to conduct major surveys relevant to public policy decisions.
Nate Silver, Founding Director and Editor in Chief of FiveThirtyEight.com, for contributions to the General Public and Mass Media in the Realm of Statistical Literacy and Thinking
Willem Saris, Pompeu, Fabra University - Spain, Daniel Oberski, Tilburg University - The Netherlands, for their work on the Survey Quality Predictor (SQP 2.0) which made important contributions to the advancement of questionnaire design, evaluation and analysis by providing a publicly available computer program that provdes users with predictions of the validity and reliability of survey questions.
Frederick G. Conrad, University of Michigan, Michael Schober, The New School for Social Research, for research on conversational interviewing, the clarification of question meaning, the interpretation of standardized language, and the application of human dialogue features to web surveys, Conrad and Schober have advanced the application of new communication technologies to survey-data collection.
Michael P. Battaglia, Martin R. Frankel, Michael W. Link, Ali H. Mokdad, Larry Osborn, Vincent G. Iannacchione, Jennifer M. Staab, David T. Redden, for exploring Address-Based Sampling (ABS) for both telephone and face-to-face surveys. Their research clearly demonstrated the value of ABS as a method of research and has inspired additional research on related topics.
Stephen Blumberg, Julian Luke, Marcie Cynamon, for providing the field of survey research with timely data on changing telephone patterns in the United States.
Vasja Vehovar, Katja Manfreda, for their work in creating and fostering the Web SM Portal.
Mick Couper, for demonstrating and fostering the use of paradata by survey researchers as a tool for understanding the behavior of survey respondents.
Mark Blumenthal, Charles Franklin for developing Pollster.com, the Weblog that provides a well-informed and critical forum for understanding contemporary public opinion research and poll results.
Arthur Lupia, Diana Mutz, for developing Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS).
Thomas B. Jabine, Miron L. Straf, Judith M. Tanur, Roger Tourangeau, for the creation of the interdisciplinary workshop on cognitive aspects of survey methodology.
James Lepkowski, Robert Casady, Clyde Tucker, for the invention of list-assisted telephone sample designs.
Robert P. Daves, Paul J. Lavrakas, Tom W. Smith, for their leadership in producing "Standard Definitions: Final Dispositions of Case Code and Outcome Rates for Surveys."
David Celentano, Jerome Johnston, Judy Lessler, James O'Reilley, Charles Turner, for the invention of audio computer-assisted self-interviewing.
Norman Nie, Douglas Rivers, for developing a probability sampling method for Internet surveys.
Andrew Kohut for establishing the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
Robert M. Groves for leadership in establishing survey methodology as a recognized academic field.
Thomas Piazza, J. Merrill Shanks, Charlie Thomas, Richard Rockwell, William Lefes, Tom W. Smith, for developing Web-based products for free dissemination of public opinion data.