Program – 2015

IFD&TC 49th Annual Conference
May 17th-20th, 2015
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2015 Conference Program

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Sunday May 17, 2015
12:00pm-7:30pm on Sunday
Check-In
Location: Lobby

Look for the IFD&TC registration table in the lobby, and be sure to check in and pick up your conference materials.

Session 1 6:00pm-7:30pm on Sunday
1A – All Small Shop Roundtable
Roundtable Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom IV

Facilitator: Martha Belanger, University of New Hampshire

Session Focus: This session to kick off the conference is part meet and greet and part open discussion on the issues and challenges facing small shops. Come along, meet other small shop folks, and discuss the issues that are most important to you.

Session 1 7:30pm-9:30pm on Sunday
1B – All Welcome Reception
Location: Pier Top

IFD&TC Organizers past and present want to welcome you to the conference.

Please join us after dinner for light food, a cash bar, and an informal time of visiting with old and new friends.

Complimentary beer and wine will be served from 7:30pm to 8:30pm

Sunday Evening
Hospitality Suite
Location: Tarpon Parlor Room 2122

Everyone is welcome!

Please join us in the Hospitality Suite after sessions and events are over for the day. It’s a great place to visit with others, and a relaxing way to close the day.

Monday May 18, 2015
7:30am-9:00am on Monday
Continental Breakfast
Location: Garden Terrace

Continental breakfast served.

Registration Continues
Location: Crystal Atrium

Session 2 9:00am-10:15am on Monday
2A – All

Trends in Web Surveys and Online Panels
Invited Address

Location: Crystal Ballroom I and II

Facilitator: Hubert Hamer, National Agricultural Statistics Service

Mario Callegaro
Google London

Quantitative Marketing Team

Web surveys and online panels are still relatively new data collection methods in comparison to mail, face to face, and telephone interviews. At the same time they are changing very rapidly. In this keynote speech Mario will look at where the industry is going and what are the challenges faced by survey and opinion researchers, survey shops, and companies dealing with client requests.

Mario Callegaro is senior survey research scientist at Google, London. He focuses on measuring customer feedback and consults on numerous survey and market research projects in terms of survey design, questionnaire design, sampling, and reporting.

Click for more biographical information.

10:15am-10:45am on Monday
Monday AM Break
Location: Crystal Atrium

Snacks and beverages served.

Session 3 10:45am-12:00pm on Monday
3A- All Special Q&A Discussion on Internet Panels with Mario Callegaro
Roundtable Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom I

Facilitator: Jennifer Dykema, University of Wisconsin Survey Center

Session Focus: This is a special Q&A session regarding Internet Panels with Mario Callegaro. If you are interested in the issues Mario touched on in his invited address, please join us for additional discussion with Mario and your colleagues.

3B – Field Recruiting Child and Adolescent Participants
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom II

Facilitator: Tara Piche, University of Wisconsin Survey Center

Session Focus: Exploring special considerations for collecting data with child and adolescent participants in different settings.

3C – Field Managing and Sustaining Your Survey Center
Roundtable Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom III

Facilitator: Kurt Johnson, Penn State Survey Research Center

Session Focus: In this roundtable, we will explore effective approaches to developing management skills in your staff, tools and strategies for marketing your center, changing your center’s image, building and sustaining new client relationships, standardizing procedures across programs.

3D – Field Things That Make Data Collection Hard
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom IV

Facilitator: Lindsey Witt-Swanson, University of Nebraska Bureau of Sociological Research

Session Focus: Challenges with consent, cooperation and recruitment.

    Presentations:

  • CARI That Weight: Obtaining Consent to Record SIPP Interviews – Holly Fee, U.S. Census Bureau; Matthew C. Marlay, U.S. Census Bureau
  • Securing District Recruitment for School-Based Studies – Cynthia Simko, NORC at the University of Chicago; Matthew Deihl, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • You’re Collecting What?? Designing In-Home Collection of Stool and Water Samples – Karen Jaques, University of Wisconsin Survey Center; Kerryann DiLoreto, University of Wisconsin Survey Center
  • Challenges in Gaining Cooperation and Creating a Representative Sample of Older Adults on the Landmark Spirituality and Health Survey – Anna Joyce, NORC at University of Chicago; Vicki Wilmer, NORC at University of Chicago; Aly Martinez, NORC at University of Chicago; Brooke Sturgis, NORC at University of Chicago; Jodie Daquilanea, NORC at the University of Chicago
3E – Tech Compliance, Security and Testing of Web Surveys
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Mariners

Facilitator: Bill Connett, UM-Survey Research Center (UM-SRC)

Session Focus: Use of web surveys as a mode of survey data collection is growing in popularity each year. Along with this growth come concerns about web survey security, ways to test surveys for different devices and platforms, and complying with new and changing regulations. Come and learn more about this rapidly changing mode.

    Presentations:

  • Secure Your Web Surveys from XSS (Cross-Site Scripting) Web Attacks – Anwar Mohammed, RTI International
  • Impact of Focus Groups in Section 508 on Web Survey Development – Sandhya Bikmal, RTI International; Anwar Mohammed, RTI International; Bharathi Jayanthi, RTI International; Al-Nisa Berry, RTI International
  • Utilizing External Cloud Environments for Web-Based Data Collection – Patrick Kiser, Battelle Memorial Institute
3F – Tech Applied Technologies
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Pier Top

Facilitator: Brian Harnisch, University of Wyoming

Session Focus: This session will include presentations on the many ways that technology impacts our work in survey research. From the modes and devices used to collect data, to the way we manage our centers.

    Presentations:

  • New Tech Revolution: Tips & Tricks to Finding the Right Device for your Study – Emma Kaufman, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • An Innovative Approach to Integrating Accelerometry Data Collection in a Population Survey – Daniel Lawrence, NORC at the University of Chicago; Meredith Czaplewski, NORC at the University of Chicago; Heather Leaver-Spear, NORC at the University of Chicago; Katie O’Doherty, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Development and Use of a Project Management Database System – Chris Schlapper, University of Wisconsin Survey Center
12:00pm-1:00pm on Monday
Monday Lunch
Location: Windows on the Green

Random-digit dining. Lunch provided.

Session 4 1:30pm-2:45pm on Monday
4A – Field Using the Project Management Approach
Panel Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom I

Facilitator: Patrick Kiser, Battelle Memorial Institute

Session Focus: The philosophy and consequences of moving to a more formalized Project Management approach (PMI or others) with survey centers, changes in the approach to survey management (i.e. expert in technology vs. expert in survey for some projects), dealing with all of the day-to-day issues.

    Panelists:

  • Patrick Kiser, Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Heather Terhune Marti, Indiana University Center for Survey Research
  • Roger Osborn, RTI International
4B – Field Training for Anthropometric and Biomarker Data Collection
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom II

Facilitator: Richard Hull, University of Nebraska Bureau of Sociological Research

Session Focus: Interviewer training approaches for anthropometric and biomarker data collection.

    Presentations:

  • Preparing for Environmental Sample Collections in Study Participants’ Homes: Best Practices for Training Data Collectors – Sara Darga, NORC at the University of Chicago; Shena Patel, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Challenges in Training and Certifying Data Collectors on a Complex Nationwide Study – Jaime Dohack, Battelle Memorial Institute; Robyn DF Sagatov, Battelle Memorial Institute; Jessica Sanford, Battelle Memorial Institute; Natasha Sadoff, Battelle Memorial Institute; Lisa John, Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Ensuring High Quality Anthropometric Measures and Physical Performance Assessments in a National In-Home Survey: Interviewer Training and Quality Control in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study – Ken Croes, University of Wisconsin Survey Center; Kerryann DiLoreto, University of Wisconsin Survey Center
  • The Home-Based Protocol: Innovations in Handling Biomeasures – Sara Walsh, NORC at the University of Chicago
4C – Field Budgets, Contracts, and Financials for the Survey Shop
Roundtable Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom III

Facilitator: Rita Koontz, Washington State University Social & Economic Sciences Research Center; Bob Lee, Emeritus, University of Michigan

Session Focus: Bring your questions and ideas to share as this discussion will be tailored to the attendees needs. We’ll have experts to discuss contract types, building and tracking budgets/costs, handling incentives, preparing for an audit and the special challenges of operating in the academic setting. Whether you are a start-up survey shop or an established center with many years experience this session will help broaden your tool kit for bringing in projects and tailoring to your clients and administrators need for financial information.

4D – Field Foiling Sisyphus: NORC’s Initiatives Towards Addressing the Increasing Difficulty of Field Work
Panel Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom IV

Facilitator: Vicki Wilmer, NORC at the University of Chicago

Session Focus: NORC at the University of Chicago will present a cross-project panel to discuss the challenges, successes, and lessons learned across four major in person data collection projects that were fielded between 2012 and 2014.

    Panelists:

  • Vicki Wilmer, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Tracy Buie, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Vivian Howard, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Barbara Watt, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Kyle Fennell, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Karen Veldman, NORC at the University of Chicago
4E – Tech Focused Tech: Case Management Systems for Small/Medium Size Organizations
Panel Discussion

Location: Mariners

Facilitator: Eric White, University of Wisconsin Survey Center

Session Focus: UWSC will present on the history and evolution of their field case management system, tracking its evolution from simple to complex. They will discuss the applications and programming languages used. Similar functionality could be created using other programming languages and applications, allowing other organizations to leverage the expertise they may already have using software that differs from UWSC’s preferred software.

    Panelists:

  • Eric White, University of Wisconsin Survey Center
  • Chris Schlapper, University of Wisconsin Survey Center
  • Brendan Day, University of Wisconsin Survey Center
4F – Tech Data Management and Analysis Tools
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Pier Top

Facilitator: Andrew Hupp, UM-Survey Research Center (UM-SRC)

Session Focus: Presenters explore ways to make use of data management and analysis tools to increase productivity, reduce non-response, and manage field staff.

2:45pm-3:15pm on Monday
Monday PM Break
Location: Crystal Atrium

Snacks and beverages served.

Session 5 3:15pm-4:30pm on Monday
5A – Field Refusal Issues
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom I

Facilitator: Rob Schultz, University of Wisconsin Survey Center

Session Focus: When is a “no” a “NO!”? How do we convince respondents to participate without harassing them? Are there lines that should not be crossed with respondents regarding persuasion, cajoling, urging, and convincing participation? How does respect for the respondent play into getting acceptable response rates? How can you avoid getting a “no”? How can you turn a “no” into a “yes”?

5B – Field Challenges of Restricted Access Buildings in Area Probability Surveys
Panel Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom II

Facilitator: Jennifer Parsons, UIC Survey Research Laboratory

Session Focus: Area probability surveys in urban settings face the difficult task of gaining access to sampled housing units in restricted access buildings (RABs), defined as multi-unit buildings in which a barrier restricts access to individual units. This panel will explore ways to gain access, and improve response rates.

    Panelists:

  • Jennifer Parsons, UIC Survey Research Laboratory
  • Linda Owens, UIC Survey Research Laboratory
  • Ella Kemp, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Rebecca Gatward, UM – Survey Research Operations (UM-SRO)
  • Tammy Cook, Westat
  • Becky Thompson, RTI International
5C – Field Cross-Cultural and Cross-Community Issues
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom III

Facilitator: Terry O’Connor, National Agricultural Statistics Service”;

Session Focus: Approaches to survey translation, cultural adaptation of survey measures, working with multi-cultural data collection teams, gaining community cooperation, identifying appropriate sampling frames.

    Presentations:

  • Addressing challenges during a Dual Frame telephone survey – the Four Communities Survey – Kyle Davis, Michigan State University; Delicia Solis, Michigan State University; Linda Stork, Michigan State University; Paul Lavrakas, Michigan State University; Debra Rusz, Michigan State University; Karen Clark, Michigan State University
  • Operational Challenges for National Data Collection that Includes U.S. Territories – Megha S. Ravanam, NORC at the University of Chicago; Sabrina Bauroth, NORC at the University of Chicago; Christopher Ward, NORC at the University of Chicago; Ranee Seither, CDC; Mawuli K. Nyaku, CDC; Holly A. Hill, CDC; Laurie D. Elam-Evans, CDC
  • Easy Steps to Improve Translation Quality – Andrea Moraga-Holz, RAND Corporation; Jen Parker, RAND Corporation
5D – Field Tracking and Maintaining Contact with Young Adult Respondents
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom IV

Facilitator: Janice Larson, Iowa State University

Session Focus: Locating and engaging adult respondents.

5E – Tech Focused Tech: Using Open-Sourced/Freeware to Build Solutions for Survey Research
Workshop

Location: Mariners

Facilitator: Kevin Tharp, Indiana University Center for Survey Research; Adam Zammit, Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Incorporated (ACSPRI)

Session Focus: Examples and demonstrations of open-sourced/freeware to build solutions for data collection in survey research. This workshop will show you how to use a variety of open-source software to start and finish a web survey from scratch, including questionnaire authoring, sample transfer and cleaning, web survey administration, running statistical analysis, and presenting data visualization.

Participants will be provided with access to a demonstration server if they wish to try it themselves during the presentation and throughout the conference, so please bring along a laptop or tablet to join in!

Some potential software packages to be demonstrated include:

  • Winscp: secure file transfer
  • Open Refine: data cleaning
  • Limesurvey: authoring and administering web based questionnaires
  • PSPP: open source SPSS replacement
  • Dataverse: data archive/repository and online analysis tool
  • Dygraphs: data visualizations
5F – Tech Overcoming Design and Implementation Challenges of the 2014 Health Center Patient Survey
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Pier Top

Facilitator: Sarah Cook, RTI International

Session Focus: The audience will have an opportunity to understand the challenges faced by the RTI research team as they construct a large complex health survey administered over multiple languages.

    Presentations:

  • Sample Design and Selection for the 2014 Health Center Patient Survey – Patrick Chen, RTI International
  • Web-based CAI System for Blaise Instruments Development – Mai Nguyen, RTI International
  • Questionnaire Testing Strategies for a Complex CAPI Instrument across Multiple Languages – Tim Flanigan, RTI International; Sarah Cook, RTI International; Rosanna Quiroz, RTI International
  • Coordination of Translation and Related Activities Across Multiple Languages for the 2014 Health Patient Survey – Rosanna Quiroz, RTI International
  • Getting Health Centers on Board: Challenges and Lessons Learned from Recruiting Grantees and their Sites – Azucena Derecho, RTI International
Session 6 4:45pm-5:45pm on Monday
6A – All Business Meeting (All Attendees)
Location: Crystal Ballroom III

Everyone is encouraged to attend the IFD&TC Business Meeting. Even if this is your first year attending the conference, your participation is welcome.

The Business Meeting is where we discuss the future of the IFD&TC conference, elect new organizers, and learn about the location of future conferences.

7:00pm-10:30pm on Monday
Monday Evening Event Participation
Location: Royal Palm Lawn

It has been a number of years since IFD&TC has hosted a Monday evening (after dinner) event. This year, the hotel lawn and terrace are well-suited for a tournament. You may know the game as cornhole or bean bag toss – perhaps even “bags” if you’re into the whole brevity thing.

Anyone can play, the more spectators the merrier, and a discounted cash bar will be nearby. You may pick your teammate or we can match you up, and monetary prizes will be won.

We will follow-up with more information about forming teams after registration has closed.

Sign-in and practice at 7:00pm – 7:30pm.
Tournament starts promptly at 7:30pm.

Please register for this event here if you might be interested in participating in the tournament. This is not a commitment, just a way for us to gauge interest.

Monday Evening Event Spectating
Location: Royal Palm Lawn

Even if you would prefer not to play in the bean bag tournament, but think you would like to come socialize and cheer on your favorite players, please sign up here so we know how many people to expect.

Monday Evening
Hospitality Suite
Location: Tarpon Parlor Room 2122

Everyone is welcome!

Please join us in the Hospitality Suite after sessions and events are over for the day. It’s a great place to visit with others, and a relaxing way to close the day.

Tuesday May 19, 2015
7:30am-9:00am on Tuesday
Continental Breakfast
Location: Garden Terrace

Continental breakfast served.

Session 7 9:00am-10:15am on Tuesday
7A – All

“That… Is the Right Question”
Invited Address

Location: Crystal Ballroom I and II

Facilitator: Orin Day, RTI International

Sam Adams
Cognitive Algorithms Group in IBM Research

Imagine having a WATSON on your shoulder as you go through your day. Your own personal WATSON, one that knows your likes and needs, one that protects your personal information as only IBM can. It will give each of us access to the most power analytic insights available anywhere, right when we need them most, helping us make better decisions and more efficient use of our time and money, helping each of us discover and reach our fullest potential. But training a WATSON system today is a very time consuming and difficult process. There are two keys to success: a large body of textual information about the domain of interest, and a sufficiently large set of answered questions to bootstrap the learning process. Your discipline probably knows better than any other the value of a good question, as well as the challenges of designing them and gathering answers. To achieve this vision of WATSON-on-my-shoulder, thousands of WATSONs must be trained on hundreds of subject areas.

This talk will explore a potential fusion of our disciplines, how we can work together to reach this goal.

Click for more biographical information.

10:15am-10:45am on Tuesday
Tuesday AM Break
Location: Crystal Atrium

Snacks and beverages served.

Session 8 10:45am-12:00pm on Tuesday
8A – Field Approaches to Operational Issues
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom I

Facilitator: Tiana Pyer-Pereira, University of Chicago Survey Lab

Session Focus: Unique approaches to protocol design including issues related to sample design and partnerships.

8B – Field Approaches to Client Management
Roundtable Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom II

Facilitator: John Stevenson, University of Wisconsin Survey Center

Session Focus: Discuss how to re-shape current client-center relationships, approaches to successfully convince clients of your expertise, how to evaluate client satisfaction, and act on satisfaction feedback.

8C – Field The Lone Interviewer
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom III

Facilitator: Hillary Hanson, University of Chicago Survey Lab

Session Focus: With the increasing use of technology, how do we avoid having interviewing staff “feel alone” in their work? Specifically, with a heavy emphasis on cost reduction and ongoing expansion of technological solutions to guide case selection, interviewer strategies, training (online videos), and remote supervision, what are organizations doing within this environment to build a sense of comradery, team, connection, morale among their staff who work from home? Having remote staff meet in person is costly and usually not within a survey budget.

8D – Field Interviewer Staffing, Training, and Employee Engagement
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom IV

Facilitator: Wayne Hatcher, Emeritus

Session Focus: Discussing new staffing and training practices for telephone and field interviewers for increasingly complex field protocols.

8E – Tech Special Q&A Discussion for the Talk: “That… Is the Right Question”
Roundtable Discussion

Location: Mariners

Facilitator: Orin Day, RTI International

Session Focus: This is a special Q&A session for the talk “That… is the right question” by Sam Adams. If you are interested in the issues Sam touched on in his invited address, please join us for additional discussion with Sam and your colleagues.

8F – Tech Software Use & Development
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Pier Top

Facilitator: Karen Jaques, University of Wisconsin Survey Center

Session Focus: Presenters will explore a variety of tech solutions to meet challenges in face-to-face data collection and field staff training.

12:00pm-1:00pm on Tuesday
Tuesday Lunch
Location: Windows on the Green

Random-digit dining. Lunch provided.

Session 9 1:30pm-2:45pm on Tuesday
9A – Field Approaches to Interviewer Training
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom I

Facilitator: Steve Coombs, University of Wisconsin Survey Center

Session Focus: Designing effective trainings.

9B – Field Adapting Interviewer Training Across Cultures in Developing Countries
Panel Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom II

Facilitator: Esther Ullman, UM-Survey Research Operations

Session Focus: Several of the survey organizations that participate in IFD&TC provide technical support for the establishment of surveys and training in developing countries throughout the world.

9C – Field Unique Uses of Monetary Incentives
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom III

Facilitator: Bistra Anatchkova, University of Wyoming

Session Focus: Using incentives in creative ways.

9D – Field Interviewer Quality Control: Ways for Providing Feedback
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom IV

Facilitator: Rick Garvey, RAND Survey Research Group

Session Focus: Using paradata to provide feedback to interviewers.

    Presentations:

  • Seeing is Believing – Unless the Data Says Something Else – Travis Durley, U.S. Census Bureau; Jennifer Marshall, U.S. Census Bureau; Mai Nguyen, U.S. Census Bureau
  • The Art and Science of the Semi-Structured Interview – Nikki Weinstein, Battelle Memorial Institute; Lisa John, Battelle Memorial Institute; Christopher Layfield, Battelle Memorial Institute
  • Are Some Interviewer Actions Increasing Interview Length? – Rebecca M Gatward, UM-Survey Research Center (UM-SRC); Piotr Dworak, UM-Survey Research Center (UM-SRC)
9E – Tech Focused Tech: Data Visualization
Workshop

Location: Mariners

Facilitator: Orin Day, RTI International, Brian Harnisch, University of Wyoming

Session Focus: Examples, critiques, an implementation of custom and available data visualization tools: Javascript visualizations for web (D3.js), DevExpress PC app, SASGraph and more.

9F – Tech Development, Deployment and Uses for Mobile Devices
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Pier Top

Facilitator: Gina Cheung, UM-Survey Research Center (UM-SRC)

Session Focus: Use of mobile devices is now common in survey data collection. Presenters will explore a variety of technical challenges in ensuring mobile devices function properly in the field, and in developing software and applications to meet data collection needs.

    Presentations:

  • Seeing the Possibilities: Development of iPad-based Vision Tests and the Potential of Tablets to Advance Data Collection – Clare Davidson, NORC at the University of Chicago; Scott Bacinich, NORC at the University of Chicago; Steven Ross, NORC at the University of Chicago; Stacy Stonich, NORC at the University of Chicago; Heather Morrison, NORC at the University of Chicago
  • Mobile Application Testing – Challenges and Solution Strategies – Al-Nisa Berry, RTI International; Anwar Mohammed, RIT International; Bharathi Jayanthi Golla, RTI International
  • Experiences Building a Mobile Mapping App in a Cross-Platform Environment – Charles Loftis, RTI International; Katherine Morton, RTI International; Tennyson Chen, RTI International; Nanthini Ganapathi, RTI International; Martin Meyer, RTI International; James Rineer, RTI International
2:45pm-3:15pm on Tuesday
Tuesday PM Break
Location: Crystal Atrium

Snacks and beverages served.

Session 10 3:15pm-4:30pm on Tuesday
10A – Field Use of Paradata and Predictive Analytics: Examples from BLS
Panel Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom I

Facilitator: Bill Mockovak, Bureau of Labor Statistics

Session Focus: Panelists will describe how BLS is using paradata and technology to provide data collection staff with intelligence and analytics that ultimately help staff reduce the time and cost required to collect data.

    Panelists:

  • Richard Holden, US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Tian Luo, US Bureau of Labor Statistics
  • Amar Mann, US Bureau of Labor Statistics
10B – Field Data Falsification
Roundtable Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom II

Facilitator: Cheryl Wiese, UM-Survey Research Center (UM-SRC)

Session Focus: What counts as falsification? Why does it happen? What are the methods to detect it? Investigate it? How do you repair the damage? How do you prevent it?

10C – Field Survey Materials and Response
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom III

Facilitator: Cindy Bennett, University of Arkansas

Session Focus: Do participants read survey materials? How do they affect response rates?

    Presentations:

  • Carrot or Stick: An Experiment in Tailoring Recruitment Messages – Erica Moore, Indiana University Center for Survey Research
  • A Cover Letter Experiment Seeking to Increase Minority Response – Lindsey Witt-Swanson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln;Amanda Richardson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Sociological Research; Bridget Goosby, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Sociological Research; Jacob Cheadle, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Bureau of Sociological Research
  • The Effect of Incentives on Data Quality in a Mail Survey–an Experiment – Quan Zhou, University of Nebraska Bureau of Sociological Research
10D – Field Using Paradata to Improve Data Quality
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom IV

Facilitator: Yasamin Miller, Cornell

Session Focus: Implementing paradata use for understanding interviewer behavior.

10E – Tech Focused Tech: Cost-effective Methods to Leverage Social Media and Administrative Data
Workshop

Location: Mariners

Facilitator: Michael Jugovich, NORC at the University of Chicago

Session Focus: During this session, NORC will explore the increasing role that administrative and social media data sources are playing in the field of social science research. As these forms of passive data become more accessible, while the practice of traditional survey research grows more difficult, organizations wishing to adapt can find great value in learning to draw upon open source tools capable to transforming these new data streams into relevant and timely insights. This session will review a series of case studies, drawn from recent and currently active projects, highlighting how various open source technologies can be integrated and embedded into existing workflows to produce additional research value at a low cost in terms of both time and expense.

10F – Tech Specifying Reports for Project Events: One-To-Many Relationships
Roundtable Discussion

Location: Pier Top

Facilitator: Christopher Corey, RAND Corporation

Session Focus: An open discussion with project managers and technical staff about the problems, and tested solutions, when specifying and computing reports of non-discrete events or process variables.

The outcome codes for survey cases are but one type of event that project managers need to track. Counts of interim outcomes, mailings, incentives, interventions, contact information updates, and tracking information are examples of project events that may be associated with a case but have multiple instances in one’s database. Reports about these events pose challenges for management and technical staff alike. Frequently specifying reports with mutually exclusive categories and/or domains (denominators) that do not shift as cases change status present problems for how data is presented and stored.

Session 11 4:45pm-6:00pm on Tuesday
11A -Tech Tech Talk
Roundtable Discussion

Location: Pier Top

Facilitator: Eric White, University of Wisconsin Survey Center

Session Focus: Tech issues discussed roundtable-style.

Tuesday Evening
Hospitality Suite
Location: Tarpon Parlor Room 2122

Everyone is welcome!

Please join us in the Hospitality Suite after sessions and events are over for the day. It’s a great place to visit with others, and a relaxing way to close the day.

Wednesday May 20, 2015
7:30am-9:00am on Wednesday
Continental Breakfast
Location: Garden Terrace

Continental breakfast served.

Session 12 9:00am-10:15am on Wednesday
12A – Field Working within Your Organization or University
Roundtable Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom I

Facilitator: Amanda Richardson, University of Nebraska Bureau of Sociological Research

Session Focus: Share tips for working within your university or larger organization to educate or communicate with your institution’s leadership. Discussion topics will include adapting policies to meet the needs of survey research, working with Human Resources on unusual or unique staffing needs and communicating your unit’s value.

12B – Field Unconventional Incentives
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom II

Facilitator: Kelleigh Trepanier, Kennesaw State

Session Focus: Electronic, paypal, and other non-monetary incentives.

12C – Field Mixed Mode Design Considerations
Panel Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom III

Facilitator: Kelly Elver, University of Wisconsin Survey Center

Session Focus: Considerations for adapting interviewer-administered questionnaires for self-administered questionnaires and other mixed mode topics.

12D – Field Using Historical Data to Improve Processes
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Crystal Ballroom IV

Facilitator: Rebecca Gatward, UM- Survey Research Center (SRC)

Session Focus: Examining case data, budgets, and sample performance to improve efficiency.

12E – Tech Technology: Friend or Foe?
Presentation & Discussion

Location: Mariners

Facilitator: Alycia Cameron, Indiana University Center for Survey Research

Session Focus: Presenters explore the many challenges of implementing new technology in the survey research process.

12F – Tech Call Center Technology Issues
Roundtable Discussion

Location: Pier Top

Facilitator: Michael W. Gerling, National Agricultural Statistics Service

Session Focus: Infrastructure improvements, software changes/upgrades, VOIP vs analog, automated dialing, small and large call center differences and challenges.

 

10:15am-10:45am on Wednesday
Wednesday AM Break
Location: Crystal Atrium

Snacks and beverages served.

Session 13 10:45am-12:00pm on Wednesday
13A – All Closing Session – Speed Networking
Workshop

Location: Crystal Ballroom I and II

Facilitator: The Organizing Committee

Session Focus: Speed networking is an opportunity to network in a structured environment one last time before heading home. During this session you will be able to exchange ideas and insights from this year’s conference with other participants whom you might not have had a chance to talk with. Each networking session will only last five minutes, so you can share and connect with other attendees in a fun, quick and no pressure way. Come meet, share, and network!