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COVID-19 Workshop Series

COVID-19 Changes to Research Practices Workshop Series


As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, AAPOR’s members and organizations have been facing new issues over the last few months – and looking into the foreseeable future – that we have never faced before. When our 2020 annual conference was forced to move to a virtual format, AAPORites missed out on opportunities to engage with each other about the challenges and opportunities that we, as a field, are facing and new data collection efforts.

Within this context, the COVID-19 Changes to Research Practices Workshop Series of 90-minute virtual workshops will encourage conversations about the current issues facing our field. The workshops will have a mix of presentations from the panelists and moderated discussion time among attendees and panelists. 

Upcoming Workshops


Transitioning CATI to Remote Interviewing SOLD OUT
If you would like to add your name to the waitlist, please email [email protected].
Date: Friday, October 23, 2020
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. EDT

Eran Ben-Porath – SSRS

Eran Ben-Porath is Executive Vice President and Chief Research Director at SSRS, a full-service survey research firm specializing in social science research, public policy and hard-to-reach populations. He manages dozens of surveys a year, overseeing sampling, weighting, questionnaire design and data collection using multiple modes. His clients include academic researchers, foundations and news organizations. Eran holds a PhD in communication from the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to becoming a survey methodologist, Eran was a television news producer in Israel. 

John Stevenson – University of Wisconsin Survey Center
John Stevenson has served as the Associate Director of the University of Wisconsin Survey Center in Madison, Wisconsin since 1999. John was named MAPOR fellow in 2017 and has more than 30 years of experience in survey research. Prior to joining UWSC, he worked for CBS News and The New York Times, as a research consultant for the New York City Criminal Justice Agency, and for the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources conducting phone surveys, mail surveys and analyzing data for policy makers.

Lindsey Witt-Swanson – Bureau of Sociological Research, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lindsey Witt-Swanson has been with the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for nine years. As the Associate Director, Lindsey assists clients and researchers with their research and evaluation projects, ensures that BOSR is utilizing the most up-to-date methods and knowledgeable of changes in the field, oversees BOSR’s staff of 125 employees, and is responsible for BOSR’s financial health and growth. Lindsey currently serves as the co-treasurer for the International Field Directors and Technologies Conference (IFD&TC) and on the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research (MAPOR) Executive Council. Lindsey has been a member of AAPOR and MAPOR since joining BOSR. Lindsey received her BA in Political Science at Creighton University and her MS in Survey Research and Methodology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Jenny Kelly – NORC at the University of Chicago
Jenny Kelly has worked in survey research for over three decades, first in the government sector with the Australian Bureau of Statistics, then market research with ACNielsen, and in not for profit with NORC at the University of Chicago. She led the NSW Statistical consultancy unit for the ABS, the Government and Social research unit for ACNielsen Australia, and is currently VP overseeing all NORC’s contact centers. She has degrees in both psychology and econometrics, and has worked in every aspect of survey research including design and methodology, sampling and analysis, client services and operations for all survey modes.  

Moderator: Anna Wiencrot – NORC at the University of Chicago

Cost: $10 for members; $20 for nonmembers

Changes to Field Operations - Register
Friday, November 13, 2020
Time: 1:30 - 3:00 p.m. EST

Dave Hunter
– RTI International

Lisa Blumerman – NORC at the University of Chicago
Lisa Blumerman is the Senior Vice President of Economics, Justice, and Society (EJS) at NORC at the University of Chicago. She is responsible for many of NORC’s largest-running surveys including the General Social Survey, the National Longitudinal Studies, and the Survey of Consumer Finances and leads research and evaluation efforts relating to the economy and the labor force, transportation and traffic safety, energy and the environment, and crime and law enforcement. Lisa brings more than 25 years of experience, with more than half as a senior leader at the U.S. Census Bureau. At the Census Bureau she served as the Associate Director for Decennial Census Programs where she provided executive leadership for three major programs: the 2020 Census, the American Community Survey, and the Geographic Programs. She has extensive experience introducing new methodologies, techniques and data into demographic, economic and administrative data collections and products. Lisa has been awarded two silver medals from the Department of Commerce for exceptional federal leadership and is a recipient of the Arthur S. Flemming Award for outstanding public service and exceptional managerial achievement.

Wendy Hicks – Westat
Wendy Hicks, PMP, is an Associate Director of Westat’s Survey Operations Group with 20+ years of experience in survey design and operations, as well as methodological research and evaluation. As a project director, Wendy examines project tasks from a data user’s perspective, facilitating the collection of timely, relevant, and useful data with operations that are practical for the schedule, budget and overall context of the survey. Prior to joining Westat in 2007, she worked for the U.S. Census Bureau. Wendy has a BS from Vanderbilt University and an MS in Survey Methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology.

Stephanie Chardoul – University of Michigan Survey Research Center

Moderator: Kristen Olson – University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Cost: $10 for members; $20 for nonmembers
Changes to Qualitative Research - Register
Thursday, December 10, 2020
Time: 12:30 - 2:00 p.m. EST

AlisĂș Schoua-Glusberg
– Research Support Services Inc. 

Kathleen Kephart – U.S. Census Bureau

Paul Scanlon – National Center for Healthcare Statistics

Jennifer Edgar – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Moderator: Rachel Caspar – RTI International

Cost: $10 for members; $20 for nonmembers