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AGT Call for Abstracts

Do You Have the Talent to Tackle the Most Pressing Issues in Survey Research?

The Education Committee is now accepting abstract submissions to participate in AAPOR’s Got Talent (AGT) – the most exciting survey research competitive event, debuting at the 73rd AAPOR Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado. 

Taking inspiration from reality T.V. talent shows, we believe AAPOR members have the talent to tackle some of the toughest issues in survey research. Teams (or individuals) will submit pitches for how to address an important survey research problem identified by the AAPOR community. Five abstracts will be selected to present their pitches to a panel of judges in an open session at the 2018 conference.

Teams will present how they would do the research, the impact of the research, how it solves the research issue and any limitations. That's right - you don’t have to actually do the research - just wow the judges with your research design! The judges and audience will then vote to decide which team has the biggest talent. In addition to accolades and the admiration of fellow AAPOR attendees, the winning teams will receive cash prizes - $5000 grand prize and $1000 runner up prize!

This season on AAPOR’s Got Talent, competitors must choose from one of the following challenge topics:

  • Non-response - declining and low response rates
  • Public attitudes towards surveys - Lack of public trust in surveys/science and negative attitudes towards surveys
  • How to combat rising cost while maintaining scientific rigor
Interested parties must select one of the listed challenge topics and submit an abstract of their intended research pitch by January 19, 2018.  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 early February 2018.  Interested parties should submit an abstract and register their team’s intention to compete in the AAPOR’s Got Talent event at this link


The Education Committee would like to thank Sample Solutions, the UConn Program in Survey Research, Survey Research Center at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, and American Institutes for Research for their generous support in sponsoring the AAPOR’s Got Talent event.

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.