UWSC staff participate in the 39th annual conference of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR)

UWSC staff will present papers at the annual meeting of the 2014 conference of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR) in Chicago, Illinois on November 21-22 (staff names appear in bold). One paper uses data from a 2011 face-to-face survey in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study to examine which respondent and interviewer characteristics are associated with interviewers’ ratings of respondents’ health. Recent research has found that while self-reports of health may be subject to various forms of reporting bias, global ratings of health by an outside observer may be more predictive of outcomes such as mortality. This was true of interviewers’ ratings in Taiwan (see Todd and Goldman 2013), and the current authors seek to explore these relationships in the U.S. context. A second paper investigates how greeting exchanges between potential respondents and interviewers predict participation in a telephone survey. Although decisions to participate in a telephone survey are reached quickly, interactional process are complex. Drawing on previous work, the authors examine the acoustic and prosodic properties of sample members’ greetings and reciprocity by interviewers.

  • Dana Garbarski, Nora Cate Schaeffer, and Jennifer Dykema, “Examining the Predictors of Interviewers’ Ratings of Respondents’ Health”
  • Thomas Purnell, Bo Hee Min, Nora Cate Schaeffer, Dana Garbarski, Jennifer Dykema, and Ellen Dinsmore, “Greeting and Response: Can We Predict Participation from the Call Opening?”

UWSC is proud to support MAPOR by contributing as a sponsor of the Conference, and Associate Director, John Stevenson, and Survey Methodologist, Jen Dykema, serve on MAPOR’s Executive Council.