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Come see AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative at the 2017 Conference! We will be having a booth in the exhibitor hall with exciting “transparent” giveaways and a panel committed to issues of disclosure and transparency.
AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative Panel
When: May 19th, 2017, 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Where: Oak Alley, 4th floor
Looking Back: How AAPOR Advocated for and Implemented Disclosure Requirements
Ashley Kirzinger, Kaiser Family Foundation
Transparency and the 2016 Polling
Natalie Jackson, Huffington Post/POLLSTER.COM
Transparency and Quality in Multilingual Cognitive Testing
Mandy Sha, RTI International
Mikelyn Meyers, U.S. Census Bureau 
The Future of Transparency in an Uncertain Age for Polling
Timothy Triplett, Urban Institute
Confidentiality Concerns, Do They Matter More than Confidentiality Pledges?
Robin Kaplan, Bureau of Labor Statistics
Jennifer Edgar, Bureau of Labor Statistics
The independent Quinnipiac University Poll joined AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative in December 2014 and recently successfully completed its biennial review. The Quinnipiac University Poll conducts timely and accurate public opinion polls on politics and public policy as a public service and for academic research. They regularly conducts polls of residents in Connecticut, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia as well as national RDD polls. The Poll is well-regarded for its timeliness and thoroughness and is featured regularly in The New York Times, The Washington Post, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal and on national network news broadcasts. They have 200 CATI stations and employ a combination of student and non-student interviewers.
According to Douglas Schwartz, PhD, director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, joining the TI was instrumental in their overall credibility. “Belonging to the AAPOR Transparency Initiative is an important step for any poll that wants to be respected throughout the field. When I see a press release from a poll I don’t recognize, seeing that they are a part of the TI gives me more confidence in their results, and gives me the opportunity to check out their methodology. A good poll should have nothing to hide about their basic methodology, and the TI ensures that they don’t.”
As a charter member of AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative, Quinnipiac University Poll is fully compliant with TI disclosure rules in all of their publicly released polls such as their March 2017 survey, available here: https://poll.qu.edu/national/release-detail?ReleaseID=2442
AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative is proud to have the independent Quinnipiac University Poll as one of its charter members. To find out more about AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative, please visit http://www.aapor.org/transparency.aspx

Year-round AAPOR Sponsorship Opportunities
By sponsoring the Transparency Initiative you are invited to join AAPOR in the effort to promote methodological disclosure through a proactive, educational approach that assists survey organizations in developing simple and efficient means for routinely disclosing the research methods associated with their publicly-released studies. Sponsors of AAPOR’s Transparency Initiative will receive acknowledgement with logo display on the Initiative webpage from initial posting and until 60 days after the conference. Organizations choosing to sponsor the Transparency Initiative are subject to AAPOR Executive Council approval cannot be a current member of the Transparency Initiative.

TI Monthly Update: February 2017 TICC Meeting

TI Monthly Update: January 2017 TICC meeting 
  • AAPOR received a letter from the Federal Committee on Statistical Methodology (FCSM) indicating their interest in the Transparency Initiative and noting their support for our shared value of scientific openness.
  • The TI is pleased to announce we have been formally endorsed by:
  • AASRO endorses the TI - During its annual meeting, held at the Bloustein School at Rutgers University, the Association of Academic Survey Research Organizations (AASRO) formally endorsed AAPOR's Transparency Initiative and encouraged its member organizations to become part of the TI.
  • The editors of AAPOR's three journals, Public Opinion QuarterlyJournal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, and Survey Practice, now require the reporting of all Transparency Initiative disclosure elements as part of each manuscript submitted for peer review. For a complete list of those disclosure elements, see Section III.A of AAPOR's Code of Professional Ethics and Practices.