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The Transparency Initiative is excited to spotlight the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College.
For the sake of clarity...A profile of the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College
Date joined: 10/21/2014
Director: Dr. Mileah Kromer
As the very first charter member of the Transparency Initiative, the Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center at Goucher College demonstrates a strong commitment to the disclosure of research methods. As Director Kromer said, "We are a small shop that conducts a biannual poll-nevertheless, we provide the same disclosure information as the larger polling labs. Size doesn't matter, but disclosure does. I also view the TI as a credibility builder!"
The Sarah T. Hughes Field Politics Center was founded in the early 1950s from a grant provided by the Maurice and Laura Falk Foundation and later supported by a gift from the estate of Goucher College alumna Judge Hughes. The Center sponsors a variety of activities designed to facilitate student involvement in governmental and political affairs, including the Goucher Poll which was started in 2012 under Dr. Kromer’s directorship. Goucher students administer this survey in their 40-station CATI lab as part of the college's commitment to civic engagement and experiential learning. The dual-frame Goucher Poll draws upon a random sample of Maryland citizens to gauge perceptions towards important policy, social, and economic related issues. Results of the Goucher Poll are shared with members of the campus community to facilitate scholarly research as well as released to the media and community at large.
To see more from this organization, please visit the Spring 2016 Goucher Poll.
If your organization is not yet a TI member, joining is now easier than ever with our updated website. If you have questions about the application process, please do not hesitate to contact us.

TI Monthly Update: November 2016 TICC meeting 
TI Monthly Update: October 2016 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.