DC-AAPOR Workshop
on Cell Phone Numbers and Telephone Surveying in the U.S.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Kaiser Family Foundation
1330 G Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Co-sponsored by: Abt SRBI, Marketing Systems Group, Survey Sampling International, Westat, and the Washington Statistical Society.

Over the last decade, the impact of cellular telephone ownership and usage has taken on increased importance for the survey industry. This workshop, which will feature the most up-to-date theory and research relevant to the topic, is essential for survey practitioners and survey methodologists. The principal goal of the workshop is to address questions such as:

  • What are the coverage implications of cellular-only substitution in the United States?
  • What population subgroups are most affected?
  • What issues should be considered when designing and conducting telephone surveys with cell phone respondents?
The workshop is based on the special issue of Public Opinion Quarterly, published in January 2008. The special issue of POQ, edited by Paul Lavrakas, focuses on issues that are currently occupying center stage among survey researchers. As cell phone usage increases its penetration into the general population, questions about the impact on survey estimates assume increasing importance. Contributing authors from the special issue of POQ will summarize findings from the articles and present up-to-date information on their research in these areas.


9:00-9:15amOpening RemarksPaul Lavrakas
9:15-9:50 Cell Only Substitution in the US as Lifestyle Adoption: Implications for Telephone Survey Coverage
Data Files: Overview | File 1 | File 2
John Ehlen
9:55-10:30Coverage Bias in Traditional Telephone Surveys of Low-Income and Young AdultsStephen Blumberg
10:30-10:50 Break
10:50-11:25What's Missing from National Landline RDD Surveys?Scott Keeter
11:30-12:05pmSampling Telephone Numbers and Adults, Interview Length, and Weighting in the CHISJ. Michael Brick
12:05-1:05pm Lunch (on your own)
1:05-1:40 Reaching the U.S. Cell Phone GenerationMichael W. Link
1:45-2:20 Industry PerspectivesHoward Fienberg, Trevor Tompson, Clyde Tucker
2:20-2:40 Break
2:40-3:15Guidelines and Considerations for Survey Researchers When Conducting Surveys in the U.S. with Cell Phone RespondentsJohn Boyle
3:20-3:55Research Synthesis: Cell Phones in Survey Research - Moving ForwardPaul Lavrakas
4:00-4:20 Q&AAudience
4:20-4:30 Closing RemarksPaul Lavrakas

Workshop Registration

The registration fee for the workshop is $65 for chapter members and $75 for the general public. There are a limited number of student registrations available to full-time students. Please contact Paul Schroeder at p.schroeder@srbi.com for more information. The workshop is limited to 150 attendees.

Payment by Check: Checks can be made payable to DC-AAPOR and sent to the attention of Michael Lemay at University of Maryland, 1218 Lefrak Hall, College Park, MD 20742.

Payment by Credit Card: Please click on the appropriate "Pay Now" link below to proceed with credit card payment via PayPal.

Chapter Member Fee ($65)
General Public Fee ($75)
If you are submitting a payment for someone other than yourself, please e-mail Michael Lemay at lemaymic@gmail.com and provide the name of the person planning to attend the workshop as well as the name of the person or organization paying the registration fee.

Please contact Adam Safir at safir.adam@bls.gov with any questions about or problems with the online registration form or PayPal system.

Directions to the Workshop

The workshop will be held in the Barbara Jordan Conference Center, on the second floor of the Kaiser Family Foundation's Public Affairs Center, 1330 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20005.

The Barbara Jordan Conference Center is less than a block from the Metro Center Metro station on the Blue/Orange and Red lines. It is also a short taxi or Metro trip from Union Station (Amtrak), and Washington National Airport (aka Reagan Airport). Parking is available in area lots ($12-$15/day). There is no parking available in Kaiser's building. The building is wheelchair accessible.

Free Access to Articles from the Special Issue of POQ


Questions about the Workshop

Contact: Paul Schroeder, Workshop Chair
Email: p.schroeder@srbi.com

Workshop Organizing Committee

John Fries (AARP), Paul Guerino (DOJ), Ryan Hubbard (Westat), Michael Lemay (JPSM), Eileen O'Brien (EIA), Adam Safir (BLS), Paul Schroeder (Abt SRBI), Tim Triplett (Urban Institute)

Workshop Sponsorship

Generous workshop sponsorship provided by Abt SRBI, Marketing Systems Group, Survey Sampling International, Westat, and the Washington Statistical Society.