American Institutes for Research Experts to Present at Annual American Association for Public Opinion Research Conference

Washington D.C. – Experts from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) will present at several sessions during the 74th Annual Conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR). The conference will be held May 16-19, 2019, at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

AAPOR is the largest professional organization of public opinion and survey research professionals in the U.S. It seeks to build better public understanding of its members’ work and promote ethical conduct and sound use of public opinion research.

AIR experts will present on several topics on survey methodology and data science and participate in the meetings of the AAPOR committees on which they serve. AIR will also have Booth 302 in the conference exhibition hall for those wanting to learn more about its work, workplace, and career opportunities.  

A team of AIR researchers are also finalists in the “AAPOR’s Got Talent” competition, which allows its members to develop original ideas for addressing important issues in survey research, and present their ideas to a panel of judges and AAPOR members at the annual conference. The AIR team, which includes Clyde Tucker, Claire Kelley and Mark Masterton, is a finalist for Using Image Data to Enhance Geographic Data Sources, which discusses whether it is possible to use computer vision methods to enhance researcher understanding about the contexts of where people live.

AAPOR Sessions Featuring AIR Presenters and Authors

(All times in Eastern Daylight Time)

Thursday, May 16

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Poster Session #1
Location: Sheraton Hall/Osgoode

A Visual History of AAPOR and Survey Research Using Natural Language Processing Techniques
AIR presenter/author: Claire Kelley

4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Identitatem Ex Machina: Understanding Identity Using Machine Learning
Location: Dominion South

(In)Visible Bias in the Media: Using Computer Vision to Understand Racialized Representations of Emotional Range in the News
AIR presenter/author: Claire Kelley

The Missing Link: Multi-dimensional Method Stats for Data Imputation
Location: Willow Center-West

Evaluating Imputation Methods in an Administrative Dataset
AIR presenters/authors: Evan Nielsen and Clyde Tucker

Friday, May 17

8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Encouraging Survey Participation of 3MC Spanish Speakers in the United States
Location: City Hall

Tailoring Contact Materials for U.S. Spanish-Speakers in a General Household Survey
AIR presenter/author: Stacey Bielick

10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Efficient Weighting Methods for Population Inference
Location: Willow Center-West

Do Voter File Data Improve the Utility of Weighting Adjustments in Nationally Representative Surveys? Evidence from an Address-Based Sample
AIR presenters/authors: Michael Jackson, Rachel Hanson and Garrett Quenneville

LGBT Issues and Attitudes
Location: Simcoe/Dufferin

Lessons Learned Using Mechanical Turk to Recruit Gays and Lesbians for an Intimate Partner Violence Survey
AIR presenters/authors: HarmoniJoie Noel, Mahi Megra and Melissa Scardaville

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Uses of Big Data and Data Science to Improve Survey Data Quality
Location: Simcoe/Dufferin

Do Linked Administrative Data Improve the Ability to Correct Nonresponse Bias through Adaptive Design? A School-Based Case Study
AIR presenters/authors: Michael Jackson, Melissa Diliberti, Zoe Padgett and Jana Kemp

3:15 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.

Poster Session #2
Location: Sheraton Hall/Osgoode

  • Effectiveness of Email and Phone Reminders on Response Rates over Time 
    AIR presenters: Megan Eccleston and Caitlin Deal
  • Increasing Response Rates of Family/Guardian Surveys
    AIR presenter: Pia Peltola
  • Required Consent and Its Effects on Nonresponse and Data Quality
    AIR presenters: Caitlin Deal, Megan Eccleston and Korantema Kaleem

4:15 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.

News and Information in the Trump Era
Location: Civic Ballroom North

Partisan Drift: A Natural Language Processing Approach to Understanding Extremist Media
AIR presenter/author: Claire Kelley

Saturday, May 18

10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Screening, Recruitment, and Survey Mode
Location: Dominion North

Do Mobile and Non-mobile Web Respondents Interact Differently with Survey Screeners? Identifying Respondent Profiles Using Paradata from a National Household Survey
AIR presenters/authors: Mahi Megra, Rebecca Medway and Luke Natzke

Searching for Households with Children? Using Model based Stratification to Improve Sampling Efficiency
AIR presenters/authors: Cameron McPhee, Michael Jackson and Garrett Quenneville

Trust and Theory: Deep Thoughts on the State of Survey Research
Location: Provincial North

Measuring Variation in Public Trust and Response Rates Throughout the United States
AIR presenters/authors: Mark Masterton and Caitlin Deal

12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Poster Session #3
Location: Sheraton Hall/Osgoode

  • When Do Self-Efficacy Items Predict Cognitive Performance? 
    AIR presenters: Yan Wang, Siobhan O’Muircheartaigh, and Grant Webster
  • Let Me Tell You a Story: Promising Practices in Developing a Data Visualization Story 
    AIR presenters: Angelina KewalRamani, Anlan Zhang and Claire Kelley

1:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Causes and Consequences of Nonresponse
Location: Dominion South

How Can We Interest You in Our Survey? Investigating the Effects of Pre-Survey Awareness Mailings That Provide Branding and Topical Information about a Forthcoming Survey
AIR presenters/authors: Danielle Battle, Ashley Kaiser and Talia Katz

Issues Surrounding Consent to Data Linkage
Location: City Hall

AIR Moderator: Cameron McPhee

3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Data Ethics and Algorithmic Bias
Location: Pine

Public Expectations for Algorithmic Bias/Data Ethics on Social Media
AIR presenter/author: Claire Kelley

When “Where” Leads To “Who”? Disclosure Risk Considerations When Using Geocoded Files
AIR presenters/authors: Cameron McPhee, Mark Masterton and Claire Kelley

Sunday, May 19

9:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.

Errors and Challenges in Data Linkage
Location: Chestnut

The Promise and Pitfalls of Replacing Survey Items with Linked Administrative Data: Evidence from a Survey of Schools
AIR presenters/authors: Zoe Padgett, Melissa Diliberti, Michael Jackson and Jana Kemp

Tackling Item Nonresponse with Imputation Using Commercial Data
AIR presenters/authors: Tzu-Jou (Carol) Wan and Michael Jackson

Whose Information Is Being Collected? Evaluating the Agreement Between Commercial Data and Survey Reports at Person Level
AIR presenters/authors: Tzu-Jou (Carol) Wan, Michael Jackson and Rebecca Medway

11:05 a.m. – 12:35 p.m.

Using Data Science and Big Data to Predict Survey Nonresponse
Location: Chestnut

AIR Moderator: Clyde Tucker

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