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American Association for Public Opinion Research



QUALPOR is intended for any AAPOR member who is managing, conducting, or has an interest in qualitative research methods. The purpose of this group is to advance the discipline of qualitative research within AAPOR by offering a forum in which AAPOR members can share best practices, exchange resources, and discuss new approaches to qualitative research design as well as ways to improve on the integrity of these designs along with the quality and usefulness of the outcomes.

QUALPOR hopes to achieve these goals by:
  • Providing an open environment that encourages a free exchange of ideas;
  • Providing numerous networking opportunities;
  • Encouraging QUALPOR members’ involvement in the AAPOR conference and webinar series; and,
  • Responding to the individual and collective needs of its members.
If you are interested in joining QUALPOR or for more information please contact Margaret R. Roller ([email protected]) or Paul J. Lavrakas ([email protected]).

The September 2021 issue of “QUALPOR News” – the newsletter for the QUALPOR affinity group – is now available and can be downloaded here

In this issue:
  • QUALPOR Was Everywhere at the 2021 AAPOR Conference
  • Public Opinion Quarterly Invites Qualitative Work
  • As-salaam alaykum! Greetings to QUALPOR members from Saudi Arabia by Karen Kellard
  • QUALPOR Leadership Transition by Paul Lavrakas
  • A Preliminary Qualitative Study Examining the Influence of Religion on US-Based Latinx Abortion Attitudes by Maria Montenegro et al.
  • Conference Update with New Dates for 2022 by Darby Steiger
  • New Member Corner
  • Webinars & Conferences
The April 2021 issue of “QUALPOR News” can be downloaded here. In this issue:
  • “Maximizing the Impact of Qualitative Research” by Steph Wehnau
  • Sensitive Topic Initiative by Mariel Leonard
  • The Learning Bursts Initiative by the Learning Bursts Team
  • From Public Opinion Quarterly: A Qualitative Study on Deriving Public Opinion from Social Media
  • New Member Corner
  • Updates on QUALPOR events at the 2021 AAPOR conference, including QUALPOR member Nicole Brown’s short course on creative methods
  • Webinars & Conferences
The September 2020 issue of "QUALPOR News" can be downloaded here. This issue includes contributions from:
  • David Harris - "Book Club for Qualitative Researchers"
  • Allyson Holbrook & Eric Plutzer - "Public Opinion Quarterly's Invitation to Qualitative Researchers"
  • Mary Losch - "Confessions of a Quantitative Methods Snob"
  • Read about QUALPOR members' AAPOR webinar scheduled for September 10
  • Find links to presenters' presentations from the qualitative tracks at the 2019 and 2020 AAPOR conferences
  • See information on the call for submissions and registration for several conferences (including AAPOR)
  • Find "Qualitative Research in the Time of Covid-19," along with various references concerning online solutions

2020 QUALPOR Qualitative Research Track at the AAPOR 75th Annual Conference on June 11-12, 2020
The 2020 QUALPOR Qualitative Research track included three virtual paper sessions presented June 11-12, 2020. The links to more information on these sessions are below. 

QUALPOR Qualitative Research Paper Session 1: Mixed Methods and Alternative Solutions – Thursday June 11 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EDT

QUALPOR Qualitative Research Paper Session 2: Qualitative Data AnalysisFriday June 12 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. EDT

QUALPOR Qualitative Research Paper Session 3: Cognitive InterviewingFriday June 12 1:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. EDT