AIR Survey Experts to Present at 69th Annual American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference

Washington, D.C. – Survey experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will present on a variety of methodological topics at the American Association for Public Opinion Research’s (AAPOR) 69th annual meeting, being held in Anaheim, California, May 15-18, 2014.

The conference theme is “Measurement and the Role of Public Opinion in a Democracy,” and will address current and complex topics in survey research methodology, including the shaping of public opinion and consequences for individuals and collectives.

AIR staff will discuss questionnaire design, survey mode, use of proxies, and methods for collecting and using administrative data. Staff will provide insights on issues related to nonresponse, measurement, and coverage errors in studies of households, education, lifelong learning and health.

Sessions involving AIR presenters include:

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Providing a Deadline for Response: Results from Two Recent Experiments (Methodological Brief)
1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Platinum 4
AIR Presenters: Ashley Kaiser, Rebecca Medway, Cong Ye & Jill Walston

Administrative Record Linkage in the United States and Europe: Methods to Mitigate Bias and the Merits of Linked Data (Panel)
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Orange County 1 & 2
AIR Organizer and Moderator: HarmoniJoie Noel

  • Who Consents to Record Linkage: Can Incentives Mitigate Bias?
    AIR Presenters: HarmoniJoie Noel, Alex McMillan & Celeste Stone
  • Using Administrative Records to Develop and Evaluate Measurement Error Associated with New Survey Items in Federal Collections
    AIR Presenters: Sandy Eyster & Stephanie Cronen

Testing for Measurement Equivalence in the Survey Responses of Incentive and Control Group Respondents (DC-AAPOR Student Paper Award Winner)
4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Platinum 9
AIR Presenter: Rebecca Medway

Friday, May 16, 2014

Bridging Cultural Differences Beyond Questionnaire Translation: An Exploration of Research Methodology in Cross-cultural Research Design with Multilingual Communities (Panel)
8:00 a.m. – 9:30 a.m., Platinum 6
AIR Organizer and Moderator: Anna Sandoval Girón

  • School Concepts for Spanish Speaker Respondents: Improving Concept Validity in Surveys through Cognitive Interviews
    AIR Presenter: Anna Sandoval Girón

Nonresponse Error in a Total Survey Error Context (Formal Paper)
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Platinum 7 & 8
AIR Presenter: Cong Ye

Developments in Cognitive Interviewing Methods
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Orange County 1 & 2
AIR Moderator: Danielle Battle

The Effects of Response Option Changes on Response and Data Quality (Methodological Brief)
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Platinum 7 & 8
AIR Presenters: Cong Ye, Jill Walston & Rebecca Medway

What School Do I Choose?: Determining the Accuracy of Self-Reported Data with Administrative Data (Poster)
3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., Grand Ballroom
AIR Presenters: Danielle Battle & Jeremy Redford

What’s Mode Got to Do With It? Examining Data on School-Age Children Who Speak a Language Other than English at Home (Methodological Brief)
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Platinum 3
AIR Presenters: Angie KewalRamani, Anlan Zhang & Amber Noel

Making Use of Proxy Reports in a Telephone Survey (Formal Paper)
4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m., Platinum 7 & 8
AIR Presenters: Rebecca Medway & Celeste Stone

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Developing a Measure of Health Insurance Literacy (Formal Paper)
10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m., Platinum 3
AIR Presenters: Kathy Paez, Deepa Ganachari & Coretta Mallery

Differences in Coverage and Nonresponse When Using a Full Household Enumeration Screener Versus a Child-only Screener in a 2013 National Mail Survey (Formal Paper)
1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m., Orange County 3 & 4
AIR Presenters: Danielle Battle & Stacey Bielick

Truant from the Data: Nonresponse and School-Based Survey Administrations (Methodological Brief)
3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Platinum 3
AIR Presenters: Daniel Harwell, Samantha Neiman & Sandy Eyster

For more information about the conference, visit AIR during the event at Booth 304, or learn more at

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