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American Association for Public Opinion Research

December 2019

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by Nora Cate Schaeffer, President
​When I teach students about professional organizations and why they should care about them, I explain that AAPOR is a center of the science in our field through the annual conference and the journals. I describe how AAPOR serves us as practitioners by giving us a forum in which to deliberate about our aspirations – expressed in the codes of ethics and conduct, standards of practice, the Transparency Initiative, and more – and to monitor the environment in which we work.
AAPOR welcomes its new Executive Director, Delia Murphy!
by Mandy Sha, Conference Chair
We received 891 abstract proposals, and >25% more members than in the past volunteered to serve as peer reviewers! Thank you for making the 2020 Conference program strong. My team and I carefully read each proposal and the peer review results, and then integrated abstracts into sessions. Once AAPOR completes the scheduling, notifications will go out. In the meantime, I’d love your help with planning AAPOR's 75th anniversary celebration: We need you because the people of AAPOR make us strong!
by Allyson Holbrook, Education Committee Chair
Short Courses for the 2020 Conference have been finalized and are as follows. Timing of the courses at the conference is TBD.
  • Text Messaging​ for Conducting Survey Interviews ​(​Frederick Conrad, Andrew Hupp, and Michael Schober)
  • Employing Text Analytics for Survey Data ​(Joe Sutherland)
  • Cognitive Interviewing and Psychometrics for Improving Validity of Survey Questions ​(Jose-Luis Padilla)
  • Quick Lessons for Communicating and Visualizing Quantitative Information ​(Regina Nuzzo)
  • Biosocial Data Collection and Analysis ​(Colter Mitchell and Jessica Faul)
  • A Practical Introduction to Using Voter Registration Databases for Survey Research: From Sampling to Hybrid Estimation ​(Masahiko Aida and Jonathan Robinson)
  • Essential Tools for Working in R for Public Opinion and Survey Researchers ​(Brady West)
  • Doing Reproducible Research ​(Alexandru Cernat)
by Allyson Holbrook, Education Committee Chair
2020 Webinars have been finalized and are as follows. You can purchase these webinars as a package at a discount when you renew your membership (timing of the webinars TBD):
by Allyson Holbrook, Education Committee Chair
The AAPOR Education Committee’s Diversity Subcommittee is hosting SurveyFest at Stanford University on January 25, 2020. SurveyFest is a half-day conference aimed at introducing undergraduate and graduate students from diverse backgrounds to consider the careers and education in survey methods and public opinion research. Registration for interested graduate and undergraduate students in the bay area is now open. Click here for more information. Click here for a link to the registration.
by Allyson Holbrook, Education Committee Chair
The Journalism Education subcommittee is launching a Twitter campaign to share our existing AAPOR resources ahead of the 2020 election (follow @AAPOR on Twitter and share our tweets), they will be hosting a webinar in January for journalists, and will be sending AAPOR representatives to several journalism conferences in 2020.
by Josh De La Rosa, Communications Chair
Will your institution or company have access to Public Opinion Quarterly and Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology in 2020? Encourage them to consider purchasing a subscription. Oxford University Press offers subscriptions at institutional and corporate rates for the AAPOR journals each calendar year. Print and online options are available, additional information can be found online.
Christian.jpg​Leah Christian is the Vice President of Data Science at Nielsen, where she has been for the past seven years. Prior to Nielsen, she was a Senior Research at the Pew Research Center. If she isn’t familiar to you in those roles or through her committee memberships at AAPOR, you might recognize her as a co-author on Internet, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, or the next edition: Internet, Phone, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method. Or maybe you saw the announcement (or award presentation) where Leah was awarded the Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award in 2017 for her part in advancing web-push data collection methodologies.
by Ned English, 2019-20 MAPOR President; Ipek Bilgen, 2019-20 MAPOR Past President; and Dana Garbarski, 2019-20 MAPOR Vice President
MAPOR recently convened its 44th annual conference, our largest ever at 256 attendees! The conference featured a keynote address on "Politics, Privacy and Data for Policy in U.S. Censuses" by Barbara Anderson of the University of Michigan. We also had a pedagogy hour presented by Justine Bulgar-Medina of NORC at the University of Chicago on "The Measurement of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Survey Research," as well as a short course on "Survey Weighting" by Brady West of the University of Michigan.  The conference also featured four different panels, a working group, and papers and posters presented from almost 50 different institutions based on first authorship alone. We were very pleased to introduce Tom W. Smith of NORC at the University of Chicago as our newest MAPOR fellow this year, in addition to new and continued student-focused activities.