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ResearchHack 3.0

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ResearchHack (RH) is AAPOR’s very own version of the hackathon, originated by software companies to foster collaboration and innovation. The focus of RH 3.0 will be the U.S. Census Bureau’s Planning Database (PDB), which provides selected 2010 Census and American Community Survey demographic and socioeconomic estimates at various levels of geography and includes area-level Low Response Score (LRS) estimates. Hackers will be asked to identify possible uses of the PDB in survey research and develop a framework for user-friendly tools/apps to facilitate using the PDB. Hackers will present their ideas to our esteemed panel of judges, Jennifer Hunter Childs, Kathleen Kephart, and Peter Miller, at a special AAPOR session moderated by Trent Buskirk. 

 
New in 2017!

  • RH 3.0 is open to all AAPOR members!
  • The participation timeline has been streamlined and a pre-conference webinar will introduce hackers to the PDB
  • Multiple prize levels! Prizes include gift cards, AAPOR website profiles, mentorship from senior AAPOR members, and a free short course at the 2018 conference
  • Hackers receive a $50 discount* on their 2017 conference registration
To register for ResearchHack fill out the form here: AAPOR ResearchHack Registration Form
 
Schedule of events
Tuesday, May 9th
  • 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. EDT - Pre-conference - Webinar
Thursday, May 18
  • 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. - Sponsored RH Kickoff Lunch
  • 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. - Advisor and Team work sessions
  • 3:00 - 5:30 p.m. (optional) - Team work session
  • 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. (optional) - Team work sessions
Friday, May 19
  • 8:00 - 9:30 a.m.  (optional)  - Census PDB session
  • 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. - Hacker pitch session
Winners announced at Saturday evening banquet 

*$50.00 Conference Registration Discount
Once your RH registration has been confirmed, you will receive a $50.00 discount conference registration code via email. If you have already registered for the conference, AAPOR will refund the $50.00 discount after the conference. Please note, you must participate in the Researchhack to receive the discount. If you do not participate, you will forfeit the discount and owe AAPOR the $50.00 discount.
 
Judges
Kathleen.jpgKathleen Kephart has been part of the PDB team in the Center for Survey Measurement, for over 2 years. She received her B.A. in Mathematics from St. Olaf College and her M.S. in Survey Research and Methodology at UNL. She has worked at the U.S. Census Bureau for 7 years. Her work has covered a variety of topics including Address Frame Coverage and Quality, Questionnaire design and pre-testing, and Decennial data collection methods.
Hunter-Childs.jpgJennifer Hunter Childs has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. She is a Research Psychologist at the U.S. Census Bureau where she has spent most of her time leading questionnaire development work, experimental testing, and contributing to operational design considerations for the decennial census. In her 15 years at the Census Bureau, Ms. Childs has authored more than 50 articles, book chapters and reports and has presented her work at more than 25 national and international research conferences. She has been involved in AAPOR since she began working in this industry. Ms. Childs has served on AAPOR’s Executive Council as Membership and Chapter Relations Committee Chair and is currently the Chair for the Communications Committee. She is also on the Council of WAPOR as the Co-Chair of the Publications Committee.
Miller-(1).jpgPeter V. Miller is Senior Researcher for Survey Measurement at the United States Bureau of the Census.  He joined the staff of the Census Bureau in 2011.  He is a member of the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology and chairs its Nonresponse Bias Working Group.  He also co-chairs a Task Force on Improving the Climate for Surveys, sponsored by the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the American Statistical Association.  He is an adjunct faculty member in the Joint Program on Survey Methodology.  








 

Moderator
Buskirk.jpgTrent D. Buskirk, PhD is currently a Professor of Management Science and Information Systems and the Director for the Center for Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts Boston.  Prior to leading the Center for Survey Research, Dr. Buskirk was the Vice President of Statistics and Methodology at the Marketing Systems Group (MSG). Trent has also worked in research and development for the Nielsen Company and was an Associate Professor of Biostatistics at the Saint Louis University School of Public Health.   

Advisors
Kathleen.jpgKathleen Kephart has been part of the PDB team in the Center for Survey Measurement, for over 2 years. She received her B.A. in Mathematics from St. Olaf College and her M.S. in Survey Research and Methodology at UNL. She has worked at the U.S. Census Bureau for 7 years. Her work has covered a variety of topics including Address Frame Coverage and Quality, Questionnaire design and pre-testing, and Decennial data collection methods.Kathleen
LukeLarsen.jpgLuke Larsen is a mathematical statistician for the U.S. Census Bureau, where he has been employed since 2003.  Currently working with the Center for Survey Measurement in the field of emerging methods, he is engaged in a broad range of research topics from paradata management to survey nonresponse.  Luke is also the lead programmer for the high-profile Planning Database, which uses decennial and American Community Survey data to inform Census analysts in planning field operations for a wide range of survey projects. 
IMG_1441.jpgDouglas Williams is a Senior Survey Methodologist at Westat. He earned his M.S. degree through the Joint Program in Survey Methodology. He has over 15 years of experience covering survey management, questionnaire design and testing, and experimental design. His current research interest are in web survey design and influences of mobile devices, and nonresponse trends.
Josh-De-La-Rosa.jpgJosh DeLaRosa has a Masters in Applied Social Research from the City University of New York, Queens College.  Over his twelve year career Josh has worked for both public and private organizations including non-profits, government statistical agencies and private research companies. Josh currently works for Abt SRBI as a senior project manager focusing on the design and implementation of household surveys.  Josh also teaches research methods within the Data Analytics and Applied Social Research program at Queens College.  
Eckman.jpgStephanie Eckman is a Fellow at RTI International where she conducts research into the best ways to collect and analyze survey data. Her research focuses on frame creation and sample selection methods, the use of geographic information technology in surveys, and how respondent and interviewer motivations affect the data we collect.
IMG_6385.jpgAndrew Caporaso has an MS in Survey Methodology from the JPSM program at the University of Maryland. Andrew has spent the last 7 years in Westat's Survey Methods Unit working on survey-related projects that span the data collection cycle. His research interests include questionnaire design and evaluation; developing and advancing new data collection modes and combatting nonresponse. He has been an AAPOR member since 2012 and participated in the AAPOR ResearchHack in 2015.
Matt-Jans.jpgMatt Jans is the survey methodologist for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), located at the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research. Prior to that he was a Social Science Analyst (i.e., survey methodologist) at the US Census Bureau. Matt earned his PhD in Survey Methodology from the Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Michigan, and worked as an Assistant Study Director at UMass Boston prior to graduate school.

Mentors
Hunter-Childs.jpgJennifer Hunter Childs has a master’s degree in psychology from the University of Maryland. She is a Research Psychologist at the U.S. Census Bureau where she has spent most of her time leading questionnaire development work, experimental testing, and contributing to operational design considerations for the decennial census. In her 15 years at the Census Bureau, Ms. Childs has authored more than 50 articles, book chapters and reports and has presented her work at more than 25 national and international research conferences. She has been involved in AAPOR since she began working in this industry. Ms. Childs has served on AAPOR’s Executive Council as Membership and Chapter Relations Committee Chair and is currently the Chair for the Communications Committee. She is also on the Council of WAPOR as the Co-Chair of the Publications Committee.
Mollyann-Brodie-Profile-Photo.jpgMolly Ann Brodie is Senior Vice President for Executive Operations at Kaiser Family Foundation. Her research has been published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of Health Politics, Policy, and Law and Health Affairs.  Brodie is co-editor of the book American Public Opinion and Health Care (CQ Press, 2011). Dr. Brodie is a former President of AAPOR.  She previously served as president of its Pacific Chapter, PAPOR.  She received a M.S. in Health Policy and Management and a Ph.D. in Health Policy from Harvard University.
David_Cantor_0715.jpgDavid Cantor is a Senior Statistical Fellow at Westat in Rockville, Maryland and a research professor at the Joint Program for Survey Methodology (JPSM) at the University of Maryland.  He has more than 30 years of experience in designing surveys and evaluating the effects of social policy.  He has designed data collection methods for major economic and social surveys in the US, including the National Crime Victimization Survey, the Current Expenditure Survey and the Current Population Survey.  He has published papers on a number of criminological and methodological topics, including the correlates of victimization risk, the measurement of personal victimization, survey non-response and non-response bias, the use of incentives on surveys and panel conditioning.  He is currently conducting research on the design of victimization surveys with a particular focus on the collection of data on sexual violence. 
edwards-pic.jpgBrad Edwards is a Vice President and the Director of Field Services at Westat in Rockville, Maryland, with more than 30 years of experience designing and managing large, complex surveys.  He is currently working on household and establishment surveys in long-term care and caregiving, health care use and costs, and voting behavior.  Research interests include multicultural issues, panel survey design, mobile devices, computer-assisted audio-recorded interviews (CARI), and data collector recruitment, training, and management. He co-chaired (with Stephanie Eckman) the 2015 international conference “Total Survey Error:  Improving Quality in an Era of Big Data,” and is co-editor of the 2017 Wiley book Total Survey Error in Practice (Paul Biemer, lead editor). He is co-editor of two other books: the 2010 Wiley monograph Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional, and Multicultural Contexts (Janet Harkness, lead editor), winner of the 2013 AAPOR Book Award; and the 2014 Cambridge monograph Hard-to-Survey Populations (Roger Tourangeau, lead editor). He is a member of Public Opinion Quarterly’s Editorial Board.








 









 






 

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