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Abt SRBI Experts Explore New Frontiers at Upcoming AAPOR Conference

    Release Date: 4/27/2016

    Abt SRBI survey experts will present eighteen papers, posters, invited panels and a short
    course at the upcoming 71st conference of the American Association for Public Opinion
    Research (AAPOR), May 12 – 15, 2016 in Austin, Texas.  AAPOR is the leading professional
    organization in public opinion measurement and methodology. 

    Abt SRBI survey experts will present eighteen papers, posters, invited panels and a short
    course at the upcoming 71st conference of the American Association for Public Opinion
    Research (AAPOR), May 12 – 15, 2016 in Austin, Texas.  AAPOR is the leading professional
    organization in public opinion measurement and methodology. 

    Each year, the AAPOR conference attracts about a thousand survey research professionals
    for several days of intensive exchanges on research, methodology, best practices, standards, and
    professional ethics. This year’s conference will be immediately preceded in Austin by the 69th
    Annual Conference of the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), May 10
    – 12, at the Hotel Van Zandt, Austin.

    Abt SRBI is a Platinum sponsor of the conference. We will have a booth in the Exhibit Hall of the
    Hilton Austin, the main conference hotel. Senior company specialists will be available to discuss
    how Abt SRBI can provide solutions to your research needs.

    This year’s conference theme, "Reshaping the Research Landscape: Public Opinion and Data
    Science," reflects Abt SRBI’s developing thrust into this new dimension of data science -- data
    capture, data integration, visualization and advanced analytics.

    • Michael Link, Abt SRBI CEO, is moderating an AAPOR session on “Defining Data Science and Its Critical Place in Our World,” Friday, May 13 at 8 a.m.
    • Mark Schulman, Abt SRBI Co-Founder and Research Chief, WAPOR presentation, “’The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be:’ A Shifting Paradigm,” Thursday, 8 a.m.
    Other topics to be covered by Abt SRBI researchers include:
    • Improving cell phone coverage, response rates, and geographic targeting;
    • Cell phone sample address matching methods in small area surveys;
    • Improving data quality in web surveys;
    • Matching probability and non-probability samples using internet-use propensity;
    • Structural equation modeling of  distracted driving;
    • Improving survey efficiency utilizing paradata;
    • Utilizing geographic information system (GPS) data in travel surveys.
    Abt SRBI Principal Survey Scientist Stas Kolenikov and Trent Buskirk (MSG) will be co-
    presenting a short course: “Principles and Methods for Weighting Survey Data: An Easy Intro
    to the ‘Hardest’ Part’.”

    Here is a full listing of Abt SRBI papers and presentations:
    • The value of self-reported frequently visited addresses in GPS assisted travel surveys. Presenters: Timothy Michalowski / Dara Seidl
    • Give It a Rest: Time between Call Attempts as a Method to Improve Telephone Survey Response Rates. Presenters: Kelly Daley, Julie Pacer, Abt SRBI
    • Cell Phone Address Matching – A New Approach to Improving Survey Quality and Response Rates for Cell Phone Samples. Presenters: Barbara Fernandez / Dennis Daly  / Raphael Nishimura / Katherine A. James (MS University of Colorado) / Yaqiang Li (University of Colorado) / Arnold Levinson (University of Colorado)
    • Implications of Requesting GPS Data when Recruiting Respondents for a Travel Study. Presenter: Josh DeLaRosa
    • Managing Efficiency in Telephone Surveys: Insights from Survey Paradata Trends 2010-2015. Presenters: Rachel Martonik / Tara Merry / Nicole Lee  / Stephen Immerwahr (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) / Michael Sanderson (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
    • Improving Congressional District Data in the Cell Phone Age. Presenters: David Ciemnecki / Seth Brohinsky / Dean Williams
    • Influences on Item Response Times in a Multinational Web Survey. Presenters: Benjamin Phillips  / Stanislav Kolenikov  / Elaine Howard Ecklund  / Allison Ackermann  / Alec Brulia
    • Evaluation of Cell Phone Non-Coverage in Large Metropolitan Areas. Presenters: Raphael Nishimura  / Seth Brohisnky / Dean Williams  / Scott Clement (Washington Post)
    • The Three Dimensions of Distracted Driving: Structural Equation Modeling of Driving Behavior. Presenters: Stas Kolenikov  / Paul Schroeder
    • Internet-use Propensity for Matching Probability and Non-Probability Samples: the “Fac-sample”.  Presenter: Charles DiSogra
    • Defining Data Science and Its Critical Place in Our World, Michael Link, Moderator
    • Global Warming: The National and Global Public Opinion Challenges. Mark Schulman (Organizer, Chair, Discussant)
    • Improving Data Quality in a Web Survey of Youth and Teens. Presenters: Valrie Horton / Rosaella Branson (BGCA) / Benjamin Phillips / Elizabeth Fowlkes (BGCA)
    • Poster: Modeling Response Propensity in a Longitudinal Study of Low-Income, Young. Julie Pacer / Kelly Daley
    • Poster: Simpson’s paradox in response rate calculations. Stas Kolenikov  / Kelly Daley  / Julie Pacer
    • Poster: Can billing address matching solve cell frame noncoverage in small-area surveys? Nicole Lee / Rachel Martonik / Tara Merry / Stephen Immerwahr (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) / Michael Sanderson (NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene)
    • Poster: RDD Telephone Sample Trends:  Improving Efficiency in the BRFSS. Andrew Evans / Dennis Daly  / Mark Morgan / Andrew Burkey / Fred Breukelman (Delaware Division of Public Health) / Elizabeth J. Ferree (Virginia Department of Health) / Jill Garratt (Ohio Department of Health) /  Kenneth J. O'Dowd (New Jersey Department of Health) / Madhavi Vajani (Georgia Department of Public Health)
    • 'The Future Ain’t What it Used to Be:’ A Shifting Paradigm. WAPOR Presenter: Mark Schulman
    • Short Course: Principles and Methods for Weighting Survey Data: An Easy Intro to the "Hardest" Part. Stas Kolenikov / Trent Buskirk (MSG)