2019 Annual Conference

Where Methods and Substance Meet:

Reflecting the Present and Shaping the Future of Public Opinion and Survey Research

November 22-23, 2019

Embassy Suites, Downtown Chicago, 600 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Conference Chair: Dana Garbarski, Loyola University Chicago

Associate Conference Chair: Sara Walsh, NORC at the University of Chicago

This year, our conference theme encourages us to extend the strengths of the MAPOR community in our methodological and substantive research interests and focus on their intersection—how they shape and are shaped by each other. For example, how interviewers’ behaviors shape respondents’ survey answers and vice versa, how methods of gathering public opinion data may shape public opinion, and so forth. Our conference will feature many interesting sessions on all facets of research related to public opinion, communication, survey research, and their methodologies. We are looking forward to seeing you in November at the conference!

–Dana Garbarski, 2019 MAPOR Conference Chair

Conference highlights:

Short course on “Survey Weighting: Everything from Basic Concepts to Advanced Applications”

Brady West, Research Associate Professor at the Survey Research Center in the Institute for Social Research at University of Michigan

Keynote on “Privacy, Politics and Data for Policy in U.S. Censuses

Recording of talk now available HERE

Barbara Anderson, Ronald A. Freedman Collegiate Professor of Sociology and Population Studies at University of Michigan and former member and chair of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee

Pedagogy Hour on “The Measurement of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Surveys

Justine Bulgar-Medina, Research Scientist at NORC at the University of Chicago

The final conference program is available here:

Conference Program

Conference presentations (organized by day and room) available here:

Conference Presentations

Information about our past conferences can be found here.

MAPOR Winter 2019 Newsletter

The 2019 Winter issue of MAPOR Newsletter is now available!

The newsletter highlights the first presidential address from our new president (Ipek Bilgen), notes from our previous (Ned English) and current (Dana Garbarski) conference chairs, our student liaison (Colleen McClain), and our Secretary-Treasurer (Kevin Ulrich).

Inside this issue:

  • Information on the upcoming MAPOR Events: Winter Mixer in Ann Arbor and Spring Webinar
  • Presidential address
  • 2018 Annual Conference Review
  • 2019 Annual Conference Planning
  • Update on MAPOR Member Survey
  • Student Corner

MAPOR April 17 Webinar

Why Machines Matter for Survey and Social Science Researchers:
Exploring How Machine Learning Methods Can Be Applied to
the Design, Collection and Analysis of Social Science Data

Antje Kirchner, Ph.D.
Trent D. Buskirk, Ph.D.,

RTI International

Bowling Green State University

April 17th, 12-1 pm central time

$10 for students, $40 for non-student MAPOR members, $50 for non-members

Register here 

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MAPOR Fall 2018 Newsletter

Inside this issue:

MAPOR October 17 Webinar

Text Message Interviewing:
Data Quality, Efficiency, and Design Considerations 

Michael Schober, Professor of Psychology and Vice Provost for Research at
The New School, a university in New York City

October 17th, 12-1 pm central time


$10 for students, $40 for non-student MAPOR members, $50 for non-members

Recordings of the webinar will be available for those who cannot attend the event live. If interested, please register and you will receive a link to the recording after the event.

Register here

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2018 Annual Conference

Embracing a Diverse Future in Public Opinion Research

See the Program

View the Presentations

November 16-17, 2018

Embassy Suites, Downtown Chicago, 600 N. State Street, Chicago, IL 60654

Conference Chair: Ned English

Associate Conference Chair: Dana Garbarski

Register for the Conference


Keynote Speaker Pedagogy Hour Speaker
The Numbers in the News: On Polling for the Public

Predicting and Understanding Nonresponse

Jennifer Agiesta Colm O’Muircheartaigh
CNN University of Chicago

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Ashley Hyon – Candidate for Assoc. Conf. Chair

Ashley Hyon is currently the Vice President of Research & Survey Methods at Marketing Systems Group.  She provides high level consultation on survey methodology and recruitment strategy. She is keenly familiar with all sampling techniques for both quantitative and qualitative research and works closely with clients to determine the best survey design while establishing and maintaining excellent collaborative partnerships.  She graduated in 1994 with a Dual Major BBA in Marketing and International Business from Temple University and has recently completed her Masters in Survey Research at University of Connecticut. Moreover, she is active in various professional organizations and is continuously identifying upcoming trends in survey research to provide insight on the development new products and services.

She is also the Past President of PANJAAPOR and has served on the board for 5 years as the Associate Chair and then Chair of the Program Committee followed by the various stages of presidency.  Ashley also volunteers at the national AAPOR conferences any way she can.  In previous conferences she volunteered for various roles such as a student poster judge, a docent and ran the 2018 Speed Networking Event in Denver.

Ned English – Candidate for VP/Pres

Ned English is a Senior Research Methodologist at NORC at the University of Chicago.  He is also a lecturer at the Harris School of Public Policy Research at the University of Chicago, teaching Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Applications in the Social Sciences. Ned earned his M.S. in Geography from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his B.S. in Geography from McGill University.

Ned is currently serving as MAPOR Conference Chair, having been Associate-Conference Chair during the prior year.   He also served as MAPOR Secretary-Treasurer and Associate Secretary Treasurer from 2015-17.  Ned co-taught a short-course on Address-Based Sampling with Colm O’Muircheartaigh at the 2012 conference.  He is involved in AAPOR as well, presenting regularly and is currently the chair of the Standard Definitions Committee.  In addition, Ned is a past member of the AAPOR Address-Based Sampling (ABS) Taskforce, past chair of the Chapter Liaison Subcommittee of the Membership and Chapter Relations Committee, and past member of the AAPOR Communications and Standards Committees.

Ned’s primary research interest is the use of GIS and spatial analysis in survey research, focusing on sample design, hard-to-reach populations, address geocoding, linkage to extant social and environmental data, and non-response analysis.  Ned was involved with some of the key early research on ABS designs and continues working in this area.  His research has been published in journals including Public Opinion Quarterly,Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, Survey Practice, Field Methods, the Journal of Gerontology, and the American Journal of Public Health.

Now a proud Midwest transplant, Ned made the journey from Boston to Chicago (via Montreal and Madison) 17 years ago. When not conducting survey research he enjoys music, travel, and running.