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2008 AAPOR Book Award

The 2008 AAPOR Book Award goes to Robert M. Groves and Mick P. Couper for Nonresponse in Household Interview Surveys.  Their book is being honored for a lasting influence on the science of survey research.  Published a decade ago in 1998, it arrived at a time when pollsters and other researchers were struggling with plummeting rates of response to surveys, from both those who could not be reached and those who were unwilling to participate.  This raised serious questions about the generalizability—and ultimately, the usefulness—of data from household surveys.  (Go here to watch Dr. Groves discuss the book with Mark Blumenthal,
The volume led the field to a more critical and comprehensive examination of survey participation. Based on a thorough [CP1] theory-based and interdisciplinary approach, the book assembled original data about nonresponse on a massive scale and breadth, including findings from a collaboration with the U.S. Bureau of the Census. It has shaped how survey methodologists, analysts and practitioners think about nonresponse, guiding much subsequent research, including the notion that nonresponse is a stochastic, rather than a fixed, property of individual respondents.
Dr. Groves is the Director of the University of Michigan Survey Research Center  and a Research Professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology, a consortium of the University of Maryland, the University of Michigan, and Westat.  He is also a Professor of Sociology at the University of Michigan.  He was Associate Director of the U.S. Census Bureau from 1990-1992, on loan from the University of Michigan.   He is the author of Survey Errors and Survey Costs (Wiley, 1989), and co-author of Surveys by Telephone (Academic Press, 1979); Nonresponse in Household Interview Surveys (Wiley, 1998): chief editor of Telephone Survey Methodology (Wiley, 1988), and co-editor of Measurement Errors in Surveys (Wiley, 1991), as well as many articles in survey and statistical methodology.
Contact information: Mick Couper 
Robert Groves  

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