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Census at the 2013 American Association for Public Opinion Research Annual Conference

Staying on the leading edge of survey research methodology is vital for the U.S. Census Bureau to remain a leader in this field. Our presence at the 68th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) meeting provided an opportunity for Census Bureau staff to exchange the latest research findings through poster sessions, talks, and discussions to improve survey methodology.

May 16, 2013


1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Innovations in Traditional Questionnaire Evaluation Methods

Using Web Ex to Conduct Usability Testing of an On-Line Survey Instrument

Kristin Stettler, Office of Economic Planning & Innovation

The Web Option in Multi-Mode Surveys

Internet Response for the Decennial Census - 2012 National Census Test

Courtney N. Reiser, Decennial Statistical Studies Division

Minimizing Non-Response Bias

Comparative Ethnographic Evaluations of Enumeration Methods Across Race/Ethnic Groups in the 2010 Census Nonresponse Follow-up and Update Enumerate Operations

Laurie Schwede, Center for Survey Measurement
Rodney Terry, Center for Survey Measurement
Ryan King, Center for Survey Measurement
Mandi Martinez, Center for Survey Measurement

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Poster Session 1

Survey Weight Calibration With Multiple Imputation for Missing Data

Michael D. Larsen, The George Washington University
Benjamin M. Reist, Demographic Statistical Methods Division

Does Persistence in Nonresponse Follow-up Overcome Respondent Reluctance or Does it Contribute to Nonresponse?

Mary Frances E. Zelenak, Decennial Statistical Studies Division
Brenna Matthews, Decennial Statistical Studies Division
Mary C. Davis, Decennial Statistical Studies Division
Jennifer G. Tancreto, Decennial Statistical Studies Division

AAPOR Demonstration Session #1

Designing Surveys for Tablets and Smartphones

Sabin Lakhe, Center for Survey Measurement
Elizabeth Nichols, Center for Survey Measurement
Murrey G. Olmsted, RTI International
Tiffany King, RTI International

May 17, 2013


8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

From Concepts to Questions

Preparing to Measure Health Coverage in Surveys Post-Reform: Lessons From Massachusetts

Joanne Pascale, Center for Survey Measurement
Jonathan Rodean, Social, Economics & Housing Statistics Division
Jennifer Leeman, Center for Survey Measurement
Carol Cosenza, Center for Survey Research, UMASS Boston
Alisu Schoua-Glusberg, Research Support Services, Inc.

Finding the Needle: The Challenges of Recruiting Participants for Cognitive Testing by Coverage Type in an Exchange State

Katherine R. Kenward, Research Support Services, Inc.
Joanne Pascale, Center for Survey Measurement
Alisu Schoua-Glusberg, Research Support Services, Inc.
Carol Cosenza, Center for Survey Research, UMASS Boston

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Question Construction and Data Quality

Grouped Versus Interleafed Questions and Specific Versus Global Questions to Improve Accuracy of the Census Questionnaire

Emily Geisen, RTI International
Murrey G. Olmsted, RTI International
Jennifer H. Childs, Center for Survey Measurement

Questionnaire Translation: Janet Harkness's Contributions, Legacy, and Beyond

Adapting Translation of the American Community Survey in Chinese and Korean

Mandy Sha, RTI International
Hyunjoo Park, RTI International
Yuling Pan, Center for Survey Measurement

Translation Versus Adaptation: Translating U.S. Educational Level Survey Questions into Spanish

Patricia Goerman, Center for Survey Measurement
Leticia Fernandez, Center for Administrative Records Research and Applications
Rosanna Quiroz, RTI International

Maximizing Response Though Optimal Contact Strategies

Setting Expectations for Managing Interviewer Performance

Barbara C. O'Hare, Center for Survey Measurement
Tamara S. Adams, Center for Survey Measurement
Chandra Erdman, Center for Statistical Research and Methods
James B. Lawrence, Center for Survey Measurement

1:45 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Developments in the Design and Implementation of Web Surveys

Classifying Mouse Movements to Predict Respondent Difficulty

Rachel Horwitz, Decennial Statistical Studies Division

3:15 p.m. - 4:15 p.m.

Poster Session 2

Internet Versus Mail: A Comparison of Data Quality Indicators

Jennifer G. Tancreto, Decennial Statistical Studies Division
Rachel Horwitz, Decennial Statistical Studies Division
Mary Davis, Decennial Statistical Studies Division
Mary Frances Zelenak, Decennial Statistical Studies Division

Reducing Erroneous Enumerations in the Decennial Census Group Quarters Populations While Potentially Reducing Follow-Up Costs

Geoffrey Jackson, Decennial Statistical Studies Division

The Results of Usability Testing of a New Online Consumer Expenditure Web Diary

Kathleen T. Ashenfelter, Center for Survey Measurement
Marylisa Gareau, Center for Survey Measurement

May 18, 2013


8:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

Advances in the Use of Paradata

A Glimpse Inside the Mind of a Respondent: Using Paradata to Improve Online Surveys

Travis Pape, Center for Survey Measurement

What Can Paradata Tell us About Multi-Establishment Business Reporting?

Eric B. Fink, Office of Statistical Methods & Research for Economic Programs

Adaptive Design at the Census Bureau

Adaptive Design at the Census Bureau - A New Way of Doing Business

Peter V. Miller, Center for Survey Measurement

An Investigation of Quality of the Contact History Instrument

Dawn V. Nelson, Center for Survey Measurement
Julia Coombs, Center for Survey Measurement

Interviewers as Respondents: Assessing the Usefulness of Neighborhood and Sample-unit Interviewer Observations

Nancy A. Bates, Office of the Associate Director for Research and Methodology

Developing Survey Metrics for Adaptive Design

Barbara O'Hare, Center for Survey Measurement

2013 National Survey of College Graduates: A Practice-Based Investigation of Adaptive Design

John Finamore, National Science Foundation
Benjamin Reist, Demographic Surveys Division
Stephanie Coffey, Demographic Surveys Division

Surveying Families and Households

Potential Explanations for the High Net Undercount Rate of Young Children in the U.S. Decennial Census

William P. O'Hare, O'Hare Data and Demographic Services LLC
Barbara O'Hare, Center for Survey Measurement
Eric B. Jensen, Population Division

Evaluating Address-Based Samples II

Rural Route Where? : An Examination of Coverage Issues Associated with the U.S. Census Bureau's National Address List

Kathleen Kephart, Decennial Statistical Studies Division

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

Trust in Statistics and Statistical Use of Administrative Records

To Share or Not to Share? Understanding Respondents' Privacy and Confidentiality Concerns regarding Administrative Records Usage

Michelle Smirnova, Center for Survey Measurement

Predicting Attitudes towards the Use of Administrative Records

Ryan King, Center for Survey Measurement

1:15 p.m. - 2:15 p.m.

Poster Session 3

The Effectiveness of Follow-Up Interviews in Reducing Item Nonresponse Bias in Mail Surveys

Sandra L. Clark, American Community Survey Office
Deborah H. Griffin, American Community Survey Office

May 19, 2013


8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Reliability and Validity of Measurement

Who Has What Information About Others: Proxy Reporting, Knowledge and Willingness

Katherine R. Kenward, Research Support Services, Inc.
Alisu Schoua-Glusberg, Research Support Services, Inc.
Eleanor Gerber, Research Support Services, Inc.
Patricia L. Goerman, Center for Survey Measurement
Elizabeth M. Nichols, Center for Survey Measurement
Murrey G. Olmsted, RTI International

10:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Methodological Briefs: Maximizing Response and Response Quality

New versus Old Technologies: An Examination of Usability and Cognitive Issues Across Modes Among Respondents With Varying Education Levels

Elizabeth M. Nichols, Center for Survey Measurement
Patricia L. Goerman, Center for Survey Measurement
Nathan Jurgenson, Center for Survey Measurement
Tiffany King, RTI International
Murrey G. Olmsted, RTI International
Jennifer H. Childs, Center for Survey Measurement

Issues Related to Recruiting and Screening

Strategies for Recruiting Respondents for Exploratory Interviews to Aid Questionnaire Development

Herman Alvarado, Office of Economic Planning & Innovation

 

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