Events - 2013

Abt SRBI Survey Experts Explore New Frontiers at the 2013 AAPOR Conference

    Release Date: 5/12/2013

    Abt SRBI researchers will present 17 papers and posters at the 2013 annual conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) in Boston, May 15–19.

    Among the challenging topics addressed by Abt SRBI experts are the following:

    • Several papers on methodological issues in 2012 election surveys
    • Use of responsive design to improve operations efficiency
    • Impact of incentives in a national RDD survey and surveys of adolescents
    • Utilizing GIS data to enhance survey data
    • Oversampling young adults on cell phones
    • Efficient sample designs for rare populations
    • Estimation of the landline and cell-phone incidence for local populations
    • Non-response bias analysis in a cohort study involving genetic testing
    • Mode effects in a national establishment survey
    Abt SRBI Statistician Stas Kolenikov, Ph.D., a member of the Advanced Methods Group, is also co-teaching a short course Wednesday, May 15 on Weighting Survey Data.

    "Our Abt SRBI researchers are always pushing out the frontiers of our discipline," commented Mark Schulman, Abt SRBI Founding Partner and Research Chief. "We place a high priority on sharing our findings with our fellow researchers. AAPOR provides the perfect forum for sharing."
    Abt SRBI, the survey research arm of Abt Associates, specializes in health policy, community health, military veterans issues, public opinion, social and economic policy, transportation and regional planning, utilities, financial institutions, and consumer insights.
    The following is a listing of papers and posters that our researchers are presenting at the AAPOR conference:

    AAPOR 2013 Short Courses, Papers, and Posters by Abt SRBI Staff
    Wednesday, May 15, 2013                                                                       
    Short Course
    Weighting Sample Survey Data, 201
    Stas Kolenikov, Trent Buskirk (Nielsen)
    2:30  –  6:00 p.m.
    Thursday, May 16, 2013                                                                            

    Polling in the Midst of a Natural Disaster: The ABC News/Washington Post 2012 Election Tracking Poll and Hurricane Sandy
    Gregory Holyk (Langer Research), Damla Ergun (Langer Research), Gary Langer (Langer Research), Julie Phelan (Langer Research), Seth Brohinsky, Dean Williams
    1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Waterfront 1

    Assessing the Reliability of Unit Level Auxiliary Data in RDD Surveys: NHTSA Distracted Driving Survey
    John Boyle (ICF), Andy Weiss, Paul Schroeder, Mikelyn Meyers, Kristie Johnson (NHTSA)
    1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Harborview 2 & 3

    Does Pre-Screening the Sample Improve Response in an Establishment Survey?
    Julie A. Pacer, Kelly Daley, Marci Schalk,
    Jacob Klerman (Abt Associates)
    3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Exhibit Hall

    The Use of Email, Text Messages, and Facebook to Increase Response Rates among Adolescents in a Longitudinal Study
    Kimberly Francis (Abt Associates), Tiffany Henderson, Michelle Woodford (Abt Associates), Marlena Jani, Anna Fleeman (IMPAQ)
    4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Harborview 1

    Survey Topic Saliency: An Examination of Potential Effects and Remedies
    Johnny Blair, Pat Brick (Westat), Mike Brick (Westat) 4:00 – 5:30 p.m., Cityview 1
    Friday, May 17, 2013                                                                                   
    Lessons in Leadership:  AAPOR Women Leaders Share their Insights
    Courtney Kennedy, Panelist
    8:00 – 9:30 a.m., Harborview 1

    Understanding Bias in Appended Wireless Billing ZIP Code Data
    Tara Merry, Andy Weiss, Mikelyn Meyers, Paul Schroeder, Kristie Johnson (NHTSA)
    8:00 – 9:30 a.m., Waterfront 1

    Improving Response and Operational Efficiency under the Constraints of Time-Sensitive Program Evaluation
    Andy Weiss, Faith Lewis, Rhoda Cohen (Mathematica)
    10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Waterfront 2

    The Impact of the Presidential Debates on Undecided and Persuadable Voters
    Charles DiSogra, Curtis Cobb (GfK), Jordan Peugh (GfK), Sarah Dutton (CBS), Anthony Salvanto (CBS), Kathleen Connolley (GfK)
    10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Harborview 2 & 3

    Survey Error and Survey Costs of Interviews Using Real-time Interpreters
    Stephen Immerwahr (NYCDHMH), Tara Merry
    1:45 – 3:15 p.m., Harborview 1

    The Unusual Suspect: Call Protocol and Bias in the 2012 NHTSA Distracted Driving Cell Phone Sample
    Paul Schroeder, Mikelyn Meyers, Brian Meekins (BLS), Kristie Johnson (NHTSA)
    1:45 – 3:15 p.m., Amphitheater

    Small Area Estimation of a Rare Population Incidence
    Stas Kolenikov, Benjamin Phillips
    1:45 – 3:15 p.m., Waterfront 2

    Efficient Sampling Designs for Rare Populations
    Benjamin Phillips, Stas Kolenikov
    1:45 – 3:15 p.m., Waterfront 2

    Oversampling Young Adults on Cell Phones
    Randall ZuWallack, Matthew Denker, Thomas
    Duffy (RTI)
    3:15 – 4:15 p.m., Exhibit Hall

    Utilizing GIS Data to Enhance Survey Data
    Christine Cowles, Mark Morgan
    3:15 – 4:15 p.m., Exhibit Hall

    The Impact of Incentives in a National RDD Survey
    Kelly Daley, Courtney Kennedy, Marci Schalk
    4:15 – 5:45 p.m., Cityview 2
    Saturday, May 18, 2013                                                                                   
    Cell-Phone-Only Voters in 2012 National and State Exit Polls
    Mike Mokrzycki (NBC News), Courtney Kennedy
    8:00 – 9:30 a.m., Harborview 2 & 3

    Non-Response Bias Analysis in a Cohort Study Incorporating Genetic Data
    Daniel Loew, Mark Morgan
    1:15 – 2:15 p.m., Exhibit Hall

    Augmenting Paper Diaries with Phone and Web Data Retrieval: Is it Effective?
    Laurie Wargelin, Jason Minser, Zachary Homer,
    Randal ZuWallack, Anna Fleeman (IMPAQ)
    2:15 – 3:45 p.m., Waterfront 1
    Sunday, May 19, 2013                                                                                     
    Estimation and Prediction of the Landline and Cell-phone Incidence for Local Areas
    Stas Kolenikov, Randal ZuWallack
    8:30 – 10:00 a.m., Harborview 1

    Mode Effects in a National Establishment Survey
    Kelly Daley, Benjamin Phillips, Julie Pacer
    10:15 – 11:45 a.m., Waterfront 2

    Aspiring for More than Crumbs: The Impact of Incentives on Girl Scout Response Rates
    Debra Dobson (GSUSA), Meredith Reid (GSUSA), Catherine VonFange
    10:15 – 11:45 a.m., Harborview 1