AAPOR
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of public opinion and
survey research professionals
American Association for Public Opinion Research

Past Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award Winners

2018





 
Anthony Lieserowitz, Yale University




 
for a new statistical method to downscale national public opinion estimates using multiple regression and post stratification (MPR) survey data collection methodology
 
2017











 
Don Dillman, Washington State University; Leah Melani Christian, Nielsen; Michelle Edwards, Texas Christian University; Benjamin Messer, Research into Action, Inc.; Morgan Millar, University of Utah; Jolene Smyth, University of Nebraska - Lincoln


 

for web-push data collection methodology that uses postal mail contacts to request a web response while withholding alternative response modes until later in the data collection process. Their methodology is now being used by the U.S. Census Bureau and in many countries to conduct major surveys relevant to public policy decisions.
 

2015



 
Nate Silver, Founding Director and Editor in Chief of FiveThirtyEight.com

 
for contributions to the General Public and Mass Media in the Realm of Statistical Literacy and Thinking
 
2014










 
Willem Saris, Pompeu
Fabra University, Spain
Daniel Oberski
Tilburg University,
The Netherlands






 
for their work on the Survey Quality Predictor (SQP 2.0) which made important contributions to the advancement of questionnaire design, evaluation and analysis by providing a publicly available computer program that provdes users with predictions of the validity and reliability of survey questions.
 
2013










 
Frederick G. Conrad
University of Michigan
Michael Schober
The New School for
Social Research






 
for research on conversational interviewing, the clarification of question meaning, the interpretation of standardized language, and the application of human dialogue features to web surveys, Conrad and Schober have advanced the application of new communication technologies to survey-data collection.
 
 
2011








 
Michael P. Battaglia
Martin R. Frankel
Michael W. Link
Ali H. Mokdad
Larry Osborn
&
Vincent G. Iannacchione
Jennifer M. Staab
David T. Redden
 
for exploring Address-Based Sampling (ABS) for both telephone and face-to-face surveys. Their research clearly demonstrated the value of ABS as a method of research and has inspired additional research on related topics.

 
2009



 
Stephen Blumberg
Julian Luke
Marcie Cynamon

 
for providing the field of survey research with timely data on changing telephone patterns in the United States.
 
2009

 
Vasja Vehovar
Katja Manfreda
 
for their work in creating and fostering the Web SM Portal.
 
2008




 
Mick Couper




 
for demonstrating and fostering the use of paradata by survey researchers as a tool for understanding the behavior of survey respondents.
 
2007





 
Mark Blumenthal
Charles Franklin




 
for developing Pollster.com, the Weblog that provides a well-informed and critical forum for understanding contemporary public opinion research and poll results.
 
2007


 
Arthur Lupia
Diana Mutz

 
for developing Time-Sharing Experiments in the Social Sciences (TESS).
 
2005



 
Thomas B. Jabine
Miron L. Straf
Judith M. Tanur
Roger Tourangeau
 
for the creation of the interdisciplinary workshop on cognitive aspects of survey methodology.
 
2004


 
James Lepkowski
Robert Casady
Clyde Tucker
 
for the invention of list-assisted telephone sample designs.

 
2003



 
Robert P. Daves
Paul J. Lavrakas
Tom W. Smith

 
for their leadership in producing "Standard Definitions: Final Dispositions of Case Code and Outcome Rates for Surveys."
 
2002




 
David Celentano
Jerome Johnston
Judy Lessler
James O'Reilley
Charles Turner
 
for the invention of audio computer-assisted self-interviewing.


 
2001


 
Norman Nie
Douglas Rivers

 
for developing a probability sampling method for Internet surveys.
 
2000


 
Andrew Kohut


 
for establishing the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press.
 
2000


 
Robert M. Groves


 
for leadership in establishing survey methodology as a recognized academic field.
 
2000





 
Thomas Piazza
J. Merrill Shanks
Charlie Thomas
Richard Rockwell
William Lefes
Tom W. Smith
 
for developing Web-based products for free dissemination of public opinion data.