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American Association for Public Opinion Research

Conference Tracks

All submitters will be asked to identify the track that is the best fit for their proposal.

Attitudes and Opinions (Attitudes)

Example topics: substantive issues and attitudes studied using survey research or other methods; attitudes towards the coronavirus pandemic, human rights, racial justice, immigration, LGBTQ issues, health care, taxes, race relations, police, civil rights, climate change. 

Elections, Polling, and Politics (Elections) 

Example topics: voting behavior; drivers of vote preference; election poll methods; polling accuracy; voter files; exit polling; presidential approval

Media, News and Information Sources (Media)

Example topics: types of news, media and information sources; new media; discrediting legitimate news sources; correlates of media viewing and consumption behaviors; effects of media on attitudes and opinions

Questionnaire Design and Interviewing (QuesDes)

Example topics: questionnaire design or formatting; visual design; interviewer effects; cognitive interviewing; response times; question characteristics

Data Collection Methods, Modes, Field Operations, and Costs (DataColl)

Example topics: Evaluating recruitment or data collection protocols; transitions from interviewer administered to other modes; survey modes, survey costs; contact tracing methods

Response Rates and Nonresponse Error (Nonresponse)

Example topics: Nonresponse rates; nonresponse error; nonresponse-related paradata; adaptive and responsive design; incentive experiments

Probability and Nonprobability Samples, Frames, and Coverage Errors (Samples)

Example topics: sampling frames; sampling techniques; comparison of probability and non-probability samples; administrative data coverage properties

Statistical Techniques and Estimation (Stats)

Example topics: weighting and estimation; imputation; small-area estimation; Bayesian modeling; multi-level regression and post-stratification; variance estimation; analysis of complex survey data

Data Science, Big Data, and Administrative Records (DataSci)

Example topics: analysis of social media or search engine data; combining administrative data with survey data; applications of machine learning methods or artificial intelligence in social science research

Multicultural, Multilingual, and Multinational Research (3MC)

Example topics: substantive findings from 3MC surveys; methodological issues in 3MC surveys

AAPOR’s History (History)

Example topics: AAPOR’s role in public opinion research over time; Changes in data collection processes and procedures over time; Reflections on AAPOR as an organization over time

Research in Practice (ResPrac)

Example topics: data visualization; data security; writing successful RFPs; survey management; other practical issues regarding survey data collection

Qualitative Research (QualRes)

Example topics: methodological insights from or about qualitative research methods; in-depth interviewing methods; focus groups; qualitative content analyses; mixed methods data collection

Professional Development and Career Advice Discussions (ProfDev)

Example topics: 45-90 minute research-based overview of a research or professional development topic designed for an introductory audience; career advice topics such as volunteering in AAPOR, being a peer reviewer for AAPOR journals, leadership issues, diversity and inclusion training, presenting oneself professionally, early career guidance

Affinity Group Organized Sessions (Affinity)

One panel session to be organized by each AAPOR Affinity group related to areas of interest for the affinity group. The chair of the Affinity Group should contact the Conference Chair with details about their session prior to submission.  

Notice to Federal Employees

The Annual AAPOR Conference conforms to the OPM definition of a “developmental assignment.” It is intended for educational purposes; over three quarters of time schedule is for planned, organized exchange of information between presenters and audience, thereby qualifying under section 4101 of title 5, United States Code as a training activity. The AAPOR Conference is a collaboration in the scientific community, whose objectives are to provide a training opportunity to attendees; teach the latest methodology and approaches to survey research best practices; make each attendee a better survey researcher, and; maintain and improve professional survey competency.