The leading association
of public opinion and
survey research professionals
American Association for Public Opinion Research

Past Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award Winners

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.
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.
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.