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AGT Call for Abstracts


Deadline to submit AGT abstract is November 15, 2019


Third Annual AAPOR's Got Talent Competition in Atlanta, Georgia!
The AAPOR Education Committee is now accepting abstract submissions for the third annual AAPOR’s Got Talent (AGT) competition! As a reminder about past years’ events, this competition allows AAPOR members to develop original ideas for addressing some of the most pressing issues in survey research, and present their ideas to a panel of judges and the AAPOR membership at the annual conference. The audience and the judges then vote for their favorite idea, and a winner is selected based on the votes.
The abstracts can be submitted by teams or individuals, and will outline an idea for addressing an important survey research problem identified by the AAPOR community. Up to five abstracts will be selected to present their pitches to the audience and the panel of distinguished judges in an open session at the 2020 conference.  
Teams will present how their ideas could be implemented, their impact, how they solve the problem or advance the initiative, and any limitations. Teams don’t actually have to implement their idea – just wow the judges with their creativity and innovative plan! The judges and audience will then vote to decide on the best idea. In addition to accolades and the admiration of fellow AAPOR attendees, the winning teams will receive cash prizes - $3000 grand prize and $500 runner up prize! The Winner of AGT will also get the chance to pitch his or her idea to AAPOR’s Executive Council, which means that the winner and the winning idea will have the opportunity to become part of AAPOR's future vision and planning!
For this year of AAPOR’s Got Talent, we ask competitors to submit proposals about innovative research-based approaches for AAPOR to achieve goals as part of its larger initiatives, including:

  • Increasing the diversity of AAPOR (in terms not only of member demographic characteristics, but also on dimensions like sector, discipline, and ideology)
  • Increasing AAPOR’s ability to respond to attacks against polls nimbly and professionally
  • Improving journalist education by increasing the extent to which AAPOR is known to and used as a source for journalists
  • Expanding the role of the TI to address the quality of polls being conducted today
  • Improving public understanding and perceptions about surveys and public opinion research with the goal of increasing survey participation
Interested parties must select one of the listed topics and submit an abstract of their intended research pitch by November 15, 2019.  The abstract should be no more than 500 words in length and should include the reason the team chose the topic, describe the team’s approach to doing the research, highlight how the intended research will address the topic, and state the larger impact of the project upon the survey research community.  Abstract submissions will be reviewed by the AGT committee and accepted competitors will be notified in January 2020.  Interested parties should submit an abstract and register their team’s intention to compete in the AAPOR’s Got Talent event at this link.
For more information on judging criteria, presentation guidelines, and a FAQ about the event, please visit the AGT page or follow AGT’s Facebook page.

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