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Reflections on Career Transitions in the World of Survey Research

Claudia Deane, Matt Jans, Mandy Sha
Thursday, October 10, 2019
12:00 Noon Central Time

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About This Course:

The profession of survey research is dynamic and diverse, composed of professionals from academia, the non-profit sector, for-profit research organizations and government entities. Although similar in their use of shared methodologies and theoretical principles, these workplaces frequently operate with different cultural norms and expectations. Professionals may often change jobs within fields multiple times throughout the course of their careers and these transitions can be challenging, stimulating, and rewarding. This webinar presents three survey professionals who have traversed multiple career tracks throughout the course of their careers.  The presenters will discuss their career transitions, focusing on the challenges they faced and the insights and skills they wish they had known prior to making these transitions. This webinar is targeted towards students, early and mid-career survey researchers, or anyone interested in advancing their careers or changing career tracks.  

Learning objectives:
  • Gain insight into the career decisions of experienced survey research methodologists.
  • Hear perspectives on different workplace cultures across private sector, public sector, and academic settings.
  • Get advice from survey professionals about strategic career moves and their impact on your professional trajectory.
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About the Instructors:

Deane-photo-cropped.jpgClaudia Deane is vice president of research at Pew Research Center. In this role, she works across the Center’s research areas with the goal of coordinating the research agenda, increasing collaboration across teams, setting uniform standards, editing final products and developing new data sources, methods and tools. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, Deane served as the Associate Director for Public Opinion & Survey Research at the Kaiser Family Foundation, where she directed a variety of large scale survey projects focused on understanding the public’s views on domestic health policy issues. Deane did graduate work in the political science doctoral program at the University of Michigan, has an M.A. in international relations from the University of Sussex, and a B.A. from Vanderbilt University. She regularly serves as an election night exit poll analyst for ABC News.

Matt-Jans-Photo-(1).pngDr. Matt Jans is a senior survey methodologist at ICF where he focuses on sensitive and difficult survey questions, modes of data collection, address-based sampling, interviewer effects, questionnaire pre-testing, and total survey error broadly. Spanning close to 20 years, his experience includes survey administration and management, pilot-test development and execution, questionnaire design and pre-testing, randomized experiment methods experiments, cognitive interviewing, web survey usability and user experience (UX) testing, and interviewer effects. Before joining ICF, he was survey methodologist for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS, located at UCLA), where he was responsible for methodological innovation and documentation. His survey career began at the UMass Boston Center for Survey Research and he worked at the US Census Bureau after completing his PhD in Survey Methodology from the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology.

MandySha_150.jpgMandy Sha is coauthor of The Sociolinguistics of Survey Translation (2019) and chairs the 2020 AAPOR Conference #AAPOR75. She directs research studies and increases the scientific body of knowledge through publications, international speaking engagements, and professional service. Connect with Mandy at www.mandysha.com and @MMandySha.