DC-AAPOR presents the 2014 Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ) Special Issue Conference
Friday, October 24th, 8:30 - 5:00
WHERE: Barbara Jordan Conference Center 1330 G Street, NW DC (1 block from Metro Center)

DC-AAPOR is proud to host the 8th annual Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ) Special Issue Conference. This year's conference highlights New Directions in Presidential-Election Research and features presentations by the volume's contributing authors. Topics include new methods for estimating election outcomes, the role of racial attitudes and party identification in recent elections, real-time assessments of public opinion, and more. Please join us!

This is a free event - sign up today to reserve your seat! For the full conference program (including scheduled speakers, presentation titles, etc.) and registration information, please visit the Eventbrite page for the event.

Call for Sponsors for the 2014 Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ) Special Issue Conference
On October 24th, the DC-AAPOR will host its 8th annual Public Opinion Quarterly (POQ) Special Issue Conference. This is a great all-day event, featuring presentations by each of the volume's contributing authors. The topic of this year's Special Issue is "New Directions in Presidential-Election Research." (For more information, click here). The Conference will be held at the Barbara Jordan Conference Center in Washington DC from 9:00-4:30.

We are currently seeking sponsors for this event. There are three sponsorship levels:
  • Platinum level ($2,000) - includes 6 free registrations for the event; organization name and logo will appear larger and before the Gold sponsors in the program and advertisements

  • Gold level ($1,000) - includes 4 free registrations for the event; organization name and logo will appear larger and before the Silver sponsors in the program and advertisements

  • Silver level ($500) - includes 2 free registrations for the event; organization name and logo will appear in the program and advertisements

    We will acknowledge sponsors prominently on all event-related materials and on all event invitations, including those distributed to DC-AAPOR members and those of the national American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the nation's leading association of public opinion and survey research professionals.

    If you are interested in sponsoring the conference or would like more information about other opportunities to become a sponsor, please contact Marilyn Worthy, DC-AAPOR Treasurer.

    If you would like more information about the conference program, please contact Scott Fricker, DC-AAPOR Program Chair.

    Thank you to our current sponsors, Westat, the American Statistical Association, and D3 Systems.


    Thank you for your time and support!

    DC-AAPOR presents a Book Talk: Between the Covers of "Internet, Phone, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, 4th Edition" - an afternoon with authors Don Dillman, Jolene Smyth and Leah Christian
    Wednesday, November 12th, 4:00 - 6:00pm
    WHERE: US Government Accountability Office, Learning Center (441 G St, NW DC, Room 7N36)

    Three leading survey experts will discuss the extensive revision of their influential 2009 book, Internet, Phone, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method. Their discussion will focus on the key ideas in the new edition that they see as particularly important for survey research today and in the near future. The authors have rethought the behavioral basis of survey response to make it more compatible with today's rapid-fire, asynchronous communication environment. They brought telephone back into the book (after excluding it from the second and third editions) and have made mixed-mode designs the central organizing feature of the book, arguing that mixed-mode designs provide new and important capabilities for improving the quality of sample survey results. In addition, they developed a companion website to provide new tools for survey design.

    The three authors will each address key themes and developments reflected in the book and their implications for the field of survey research. Then, the authors invite audience discussion and questions. The final half hour of the event will be a reception with light refreshments and an opportunity to meet the authors. Attendees who bring or pre-order a copy of the book can make it a signed, limited edition! DC-AAPOR can help you get the book at the best available price; see the registration and ordering information below.

  • $5.00
    *Eventbrite charges a small additional fee to register; see link below for details.

    You must pre-register for this event through Eventbrite. Click here to register.

    When registering at Eventbrite, add the book to your ticket purchase and you will receive it at the event. Or visit an online seller to find similar pricing and home delivery.

    Don A. Dillman
    is Regents Professor in the Department of Sociology at Washington State University. He also serves as Deputy Director for Research and Development in the Social and Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC). He is recognized internationally as a major contributor to the development of modern mail, telephone and Internet survey methods. His current research emphasizes how visual design and layout influences respondent answers to self-administered surveys and how to encourage general public populations to respond to internet surveys. Among his accomplishments, he has served as President of AAPOR, and has received its most prestigious honor - the "lifetime achievement" Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement.

    Jolene D. Smyth is the Director of the Bureau of Sociological Research at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL), and an associate professor in the Sociology Department at UNL where she teaches courses on survey Data Collection Methods and Questionnaire Design. She also maintains an active research program in survey methodology. Jolene's current projects focus on how mode preferences, literacy, visual design, and survey contacts affect survey response and measurement.

    Leah Melani Christian is Director of the Research Methods Group at Nielsen and was previously a Senior Researcher at the Pew Research Center. She has published extensively on survey research methods, and has served AAPOR in the development of its Transparency Initiative and more recently on The Future of Telephone Surveys Task Force. Her current research interests include mixed mode designs and measurement, visual layout of web and mobile surveys and panel recruitment and maintenance.

    Please contact Scott Fricker, DC-AAPOR Program Chair.

    2014 Election Polling: A Post-Mortem and Look to the Future
    Thursday, Nov. 13, 3:00 - 5:30
    WHERE: The Gallup Organization, Great Hall (2nd floor), 901 F Street, NW DC

    Co-sponsored by the Roper Center and DC-AAPOR, this event provides an opportunity to join with colleagues and industry leaders to look back over the year, digest the results and the performance of the new methodologies, and to examine their implications for our profession from different points of view. Polling experts, political strategists and analysts will discuss how the polls fared during the Congressional voting season this year. This symposium is timed just prior to the Roper Center's Warren Mitofsky Award Dinner. The 2014 winner is preeminent public opinion pollster, Andrew Kohut whose career has made a profound contribution to the understanding of politics and public affairs, both in the US and globally. To learn more about the dinner, please visit Mitofsky Award for Excellence in Public Opinion Research Dinner.

    REGISTRATION LINK: Pre-registration is not required. Click here to view the website description.

    QUESTIONS: Please contact the event organizer.