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In October, AAPOR will be celebrating three years of the Transparency Initiative. The TICC (Transparency Initiative Coordinating Committee) has been hard at work throughout the year conducting the biennial reviews of all members who joined in 2014 and 2015.  As of July, almost half of all TI members have passed their review or are presently under review. We appreciate the commitment these members have made to the disclosure of research methods for the past several years. As a direct result of their unwavering commitment, AAPOR’s Executive Council approved waiving the fee for membership in the Transparency Initiative. While a fee had not yet been implemented, both an application fee and annual fee had been included in the planning when the TI was established in 2014.  The members of the TICC strongly advocated for eliminating this proposed fee from the TI’s policies and procedures and in July 2017, this motion was approved. We look forward to continuing the work of the TICC and growing our membership to more AAPOR members. 
The Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is responsible for conducting a variety of research services for faculty, departments, administrative units, and students as well as several large-scale government projects. BOSR manages the Youth Risk Behavior Survey, the Youth Tobacco Survey, the Nebraska Annual Social Indicators Survey, and the Nebraska Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, among others. Established in 1964, BOSR takes great pride in the methodological rigor associated with all of its work and methods disclosure plays a large role in that. According to Jolene Smyth, Director of BOSR, “BOSR has always been highly committed to using sound methods and being transparent about the work we do.  Joining the transparency initiative gave us a great opportunity to formalize that commitment. To keep the TI requirements manageable in a production environment, we developed internal templates and checklists that have made disclosure automatic in our processes. Joining the TI has also given us an opening to emphasize our commitment to methods and transparency to our clients, which is great for us and which we hope also promotes a culture of methods transparency among our clients“.
As part of their membership in AAPOR Transparency Initiative, BOSR is required to pass a biennial evaluation. The organization successfully passed with no problems this evaluation in Spring 2017. One of the reviewers remarked that all of the disclosure elements for their projects were easily accessible and the TICC agreed believing that BOSR could serve as a great model for other organizations on how to provide this information to their clients and for the public. An example of what is provided is available here: http://bosr.unl.edu/sharp.
AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative is proud to have the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln as one of its charter members.

Year-round AAPOR Sponsorship Opportunities
By sponsoring the Transparency Initiative you are invited to join AAPOR in the effort to promote methodological disclosure through a proactive, educational approach that assists survey organizations in developing simple and efficient means for routinely disclosing the research methods associated with their publicly-released studies. Sponsors of AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative will receive acknowledgement with logo display on the Initiative webpage from initial posting and until 60 days after the conference. Organizations choosing to sponsor the Transparency Initiative are subject to AAPOR Executive Council approval cannot be a current member of the Transparency Initiative.

TI Monthly Update: September 2017 TICC Meeting

TI Monthly Update: August 2017 TICC Meeting

  • AAPOR received a letter from the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) indicating their interest in the Transparency Initiative and noting their support for our shared value of scientific openness.
  • The TI is pleased to announce we have been formally endorsed by:
  • AASRO endorses the TI - During its annual meeting, held at the Bloustein School at Rutgers University, the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO) formally endorsed AAPOR's Transparency Initiative and encouraged its member organizations to become part of the TI.
  • The editors of AAPOR's three journals, Public Opinion QuarterlyJournal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, and Survey Practice, now require the reporting of all Transparency Initiative disclosure elements as part of each manuscript submitted for peer review. For a complete list of those disclosure elements, see Section III.A of AAPOR's Code of Professional Ethics and Practices.