AIR Experts to Present at Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research

Washington, D.C. – Experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will present on public opinion and survey research topics at the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) 72nd annual conference, being held May 18-21, 2017, at the Sheraton New Orleans in New Orleans, Louisiana.

This year’s conference, focused around the theme of “Embracing Change and Diversity in Public Opinion and Social Science Research,” will feature presentations highlighting new approaches, perspectives, and voices to perennially popular conference topics. AAPOR is the leading professional organization of public opinion and survey research professionals in the U.S.

Presentations by AIR staff include:

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Poster Session 1
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. CDT
Napoleon Ballroom, Third Floor

  • 30. Nonresponse Analysis and Field Protocol Recommendations The AAPOR Annual Membership Survey
    AIR Presenters/Authors: HarmoniJoie Noel & Caitlin Deal

Friday, May 19, 2017

Concurrent Session B
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CDT

Session B1: Enhancing the Quality of Internet Data Collection
Borgne, Third Floor

  • Tailoring Nonresponse Follow-up in a Web Survey of College Students Based on Predicted Propensity to Respond
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Rebecca Medway, Mengmeng Zhang, Mark Masterton & Evan Nielsen

Concurrent Session C
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CDT

Session C3: Methodological Brief: Writing Questions to Increase Data Quality
Nottoway, Fourth Floor

  • Casting a Wide Net: Specification Error in Screening Homeschool Children
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Danielle Battle & Mahlet W. Megra

Session C4: Leveraging Contact Strategies and Response Propensities to Increase Survey Participation
Oak Alley, Fourth Floor

  • The Impact of Different Contact Modes on Survey Response Bias
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Caitlin E. Deal & Rebecca Medway

Concurrent Sessions E
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m. CDT

Session E3: Methodological Brief: Remind Me Again? Prompting and Reminding to Increase Response Rates
Nottoway, Fourth Floor

  • Examining Phone Follow-up Effort in School Recruitment
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Yan Wang & Corey Sinser
  • Potential Unintended Consequences of an Email Reminder Strategy for a Household Survey with an Address-based Sample Frame
    AIR Presenter/Author: Cameron McPhee

Saturday, May 20, 2017

Concurrent Session F
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. CDT

Session F7: Innovations in Cognitive Interviewing: Recruitment Strategies and Interviewing Techniques
Bayside C, Fourth Floor

  • Conducting Cognitive Interviews with Young Children
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Rachel Levenstein, Mahlet W. Megra, Jen Durow & Evan Nielsen

Concurrent Session G
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. CDT

Session G2: Adaptive/Responsive Design: Predictions and Evaluations
Maurepas, Third Floor

  • What Will Work for Whom? Identifying Subgroups for which Response Rate Interventions will be Effective
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Michael T. Jackson, Cameron McPhee & Katrina Steinley

Session G3: Driving Them to the Web: Strategies, Techniques and Innovations
Nottoway, Fourth Floor

  • Who Can We Text? Assessing the Extent of Biases in Consent to Receive Text Message Reminders in a Follow-up Survey
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Mengmeng Zhang, Rebecca Medway & Mark Masterton

Poster Session 3
12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. CDT
Napoleon Ballroom, Third Floor

  • 11. School Climate Survey Compendium
    AIR Presenter/Author: Pia Peltola
  • 17. Who Lives Here? Inconsistent Reporting in the National Household Education Survey Household Enumeration
    AIR Presenters/Authors: HarmoniJoie Noel, Danielle Battle, Carol Wan & Mahlet W. Megra
  • 40. Know your Audience: Improving User Engagement Measurement in Online Communities of Practice
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Maria Payri, Lauren C’deBaca & Caitlin Deal
  • 44. Are You Still Online? Measuring Internet Access from Home for School-age Children
    AIR Presenter/Author: Angelina KewalRamani

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Concurrent Session J
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. CDT

Session J2: More Effects a la “Mode”
Maurepas, Third Floor

  • Disentangling Measurement Effects from Selection Effects in a Sequential Mixed-mode Experiment
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Rebecca Medway, Mengmeng Zhang, Cameron McPhee & Michael Jackson

Session J3: Increasing Data Quality for Web Surveys
Nottoway, Fourth Floor

  • Measurement Error Among Tablet and Computer-based Users
    AIR Presenters/Authors: Ashley Kaiser, Katelyn Cutts, Danielle Battle & Deanna Achorn

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