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American Association for Public Opinion Research

December 2015

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by Mollyann Brodie, President
I know this can be a busy time of year, but that gives us all the more reason to take the time to reflect on our accomplishments. In 2015, AAPOR has:
  • Passed new, updated Bylaws and a revised Code of Professional Ethics and Practices (twice!);
  • Had an exceptional response to our Transparency Initiative with 77 charter members;
  • Hosted a successful 70th annual conference in Hollywood, Florida, and are well underway planning the 2016 conference in Austin, Texas;
by David Dutwin, Conference Chair
We are just eight weeks until the opening of registration for the 2016 AAPOR Annual Conference!  My experience as Conference Chair has really taught me a lot about what it takes to pull off a great event like the AAPOR Conference, which is to say, it takes a lot of people! Yes, Jen Dykema and I have been, how do I put it? BUSY.
by Kristen Olson and Anna Wiencrot, MCR Chairs
An End-of-Year Thank You
As we come to the end of 2015, the Membership and Chapter Relations (MCR) Committee sends a heartfelt thank you to the more than 2200 members of AAPOR. AAPOR members are a dedicated group, putting in many hundreds of hours to AAPOR Committees and Task Forces, presenting and attending AAPOR’s webinars, short courses, and annual conference, sending thousands of emails to colleagues over AAPORnet and facilitating the success of AAPOR’s seven chapters in many ways. AAPOR’s success as a professional organization is because of you!
by Richard Morin, Councilor-at-Large
Election polling, like the 2016 presidential campaign, can sometimes be confusing. To help cut through the clutter, AAPOR has just published a series of informational backgrounders on critical aspects of election polling.
by Ronald Langley, Standards Chair
On September 8, 2015, a Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NPRM) was published in the Federal Register regarding proposed changes to the Common Rule governing human subjects’ research. As these proposed changes are far-reaching and, if adopted, will affect many AAPOR members, especially those that submit their research to IRB’s for review, at its September meeting AAPOR’s Executive Council approved the creation of an Ad Hoc Committee to respond to the proposed changes and develop answers to the 88 questions in the NPRM.
AAPOR has been asked to assist with the current update of Survey Researchers for a project of the U.S. Department of Labor called O*NET or the Occupational Information Network. Some of our most experienced members will be invited by O*NET liaisons at RTI International to complete a series of questionnaires that gather information on how the work is performed, the knowledge required and the typical work settings.