Read the most recent Transparency Initiative Update (April 2013)
View TI Informational Modules (January 2013)
In November 2009 the American Association for Public Opinion Research announced its Transparency Initiative (TI), a program to place the value of openness at the center of our profession, and to encourage and make it as easy as possible for survey firms to be transparent about their research methods. See Peter Miller's 2010 Presidential Address concerned with the TI here.
Contemplated elements of the Transparency Initiative include:
The Transparency Initiative is an evolving AAPOR program that is being designed to encourage routine disclosure of methodological information from polls and surveys whose findings are released to the public. Through the initiative, AAPOR plans to officially recognize those organizations that routinely disclose methodological information. In addition, the Association will help participating organizations comply with the initiative, and educate survey sponsors and the public on the importance of transparency.
A number of organizations and individuals have agreed to work with AAPOR on the initiative. View the list of organizations here. If your organization would like to play a part, or if it has been mistakenly left off the list, please email us at Transparency@aapor.org.
Over the past two years, the Transparency Initiative has accomplished the following:
During 2010-11, several working subcommittees, under the auspices of a TI Steering Committee (TISC), were established to begin laying out the operational framework for the Transparency Initiative. These focused on the general areas of: 1) Disclosure and Archiving; 2) Education; and 3) Recognition. A TI Advisory Committee also was established to get direct input on a broad range of issues from organizations that would likely participate in the Transiency Initiative once it were implemented. At the May 2011 Conference, a session was chaired by incoming President Scott Keeter that provided a report to membership on the first year’s activities.
During 2011-12, the working committees were reconfigured by the TISC to address issues of 1) Structure, Qualification, and Compliance, 2) Database Process and Infrastructures, 3) Internal and External Communication and Education, and 4) Costs and Staffing. In early 2012, the first pilot test of procedures for implementing a version of the Transparency Initiative was conducted with a number of volunteer organizations participating. This was followed by a focus group session with participants in the pilot test an other members of the TI Advisory Committee to better understand what worked and did not work in the infrastructure that was tested in the pilot test from their perspective. In response to these findings, the ad hoc TISC recommended to Council that it be disbanded and be replaced with the standing Transparency Initiative Coordinating Committee (TICC). This occurred in May 2012. View the current membership of the TICC here. At the May 2012 Conference, a session was also held to provide an overview to membership of the second year’s activities and plans for moving forward. View the PowerPoint presentation here.
During 2012-13, the TICC has worked to reconceptualize the implementation of the Transparency Initiative, based on the initial pilot test and other input received to date. A second pilot test of the Transparency Initiative procedures is currently being developed and will be implemented soon. Stay tuned as we provide monthly reports on this page on the progress of the TICC.
For more information about what prompted the initiative and what it entails, see the Fall 2009 AAPOR News article by Peter Miller, AAPOR president 2009-10. For questions, comments or to support the initiative, email email@example.com.