Incoming UW Survey Center Faculty Director, Jennifer Dykema, and outgoing Faculty Director, Nora Cate Schaeffer, review several decades of literature about how characteristics of survey questions affect the quality of survey data in a new paper in the Annual Review of Sociology, “Advances in the Science of Asking Questions.”
In August 2020, UWSC goes through a transition. Nora Cate Schaeffer, Faculty Director since 2003, will retire. Under Nora’s direction, the UW Survey Center has grown more than two-fold and dramatically increased both the …
Because of changes due to the pandemic, in June 2020 UWSC’s Faculty Director Nora Cate Schaeffer became the first president of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) to give her presidential address from Madison, Wisconsin.
Distinguished Scientist Jennifer Dykema is a co-editor of the recently published “Interviewer Effects from a Total Survey Error Perspective.” Written for managers of survey interviewers, survey methodologists, and students interested in the survey data collection process, the book uses the Total Survey Error framework to examine optimal approaches to survey interviewing, presenting state-of-the-art methodological research on all stages of the survey process involving interviewers. Three of the chapters on survey interviewing include contributions by UWSC staff.
AAPOR’s 75th Annual Conference will take place as a virtual conference on June 11-12 and UWSC will there! Faculty Director and 2019-2020 AAPOR President Nora Cate Schaeffer will deliver the Presidential Address. Distinguished Scientist Jennifer Dykema and Associate Director John Stevenson have already uploaded their virtual presentations!
John Stevenson, Jennifer Dykema, and Nora Cate Schaeffer will represent the University of Wisconsin Survey Center at the 2019 Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR) Annual Conference in Chicago in November. The theme for this year’s conference is “Where …
UWSC regularly employs 50 to 100 undergraduates who are trained as phone interviewers, data entry operators, and mail room workers. UWSC’s preference for promoting from within means that these students have opportunities to apply for regular staff and supervisory positions within UWSC’s field operations, survey management, and technology departments. Students in all these positions develop a range of skills that will help them when they enter the job market.
Politicians often site survey results in their speeches, but they may not have experience or training to evaluate those numbers. Kiannah Sepeda-Miller with the Better Government Association consulted UWSC Faculty Director Nora Cate Schaeffer about …
Staff from the UWSC are participating in the annual meeting of the 2019 conference of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) in Toronto, Canada on May 16-19. As in previous years, UWSC staff will demonstrate their contributions to survey research methodology by delivering presentations of current research.
Many staff from the UWSC will participate in the 53rd annual International Field Directors and Technologies Conference (IFD&TC) in Tornoto, Canada on May 19 – 22, 2019. Staff will participate by giving presentations, leading panel and round table discussions, and facilitating sessions. In addition, Director of Project Management Kelly Elver and Senior Project Director Kerryann DiLoreto will be working behind the scenes on the Organizing and Program Committees.