2022 MAPOR Fall Webinar Series

SOGI Webinar

Matt Jans
Lead Statistician
Gretchen McHenry
Survey Methodologist
RTI International

November 4th at 11:30am to 1:00pm CST

Title: Taking the pulse on SOGI measurement: Best practices and discussion

Presenters: Matt Jans & Gretchen McHenry

Duration: 90 min

Including sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) measures in surveys has expanded rapidly, and best practices for their use have progressed in kind. To produce accurate, high-quality data on overlapping, yet unique LGBTQI+ communities, these best practices must be continually monitored and compared to survey measures currently in use. In order to promote this monitoring and comparison in the survey community, this webinar has three goals: 1) introduce and reinforce SO and GI terminology, question writing best practices, and the research that supports them; 2) share the presenters’ recent experiences developing SOGI measures and adding them to surveys on a wide range of topics, and; 3) provide a discussion space for the presenters to advise attendees on SOGI measure inclusion in their own surveys. The longer duration of this webinar allows us to spend a lot of time on goal 3, so please come with draft questions or situations and be prepared to share!

About the presenters:

                Matt Jans, PhD: Matt is a survey methodologist with 20+ years experience in all aspects of survey design, but specializing in questionnaire design. For almost 10 years, he has been developing SOGI measures, and contributing to best practices on their use.

                Gretchen McHenry, MS: Gretchen is a survey methodologist with 15 years experience, specializing in questionnaire development and qualitative research. She regularly leads projects designing and pretesting SOGI questions for diverse survey populations.

2022 Spring Webinar Series

Tidy Survey Analysis in R: Workshop Series

Dr. Stephanie Zimmer
Senior Associate
Abt Associates
Dr. Rebecca Powell
Research Survey Methodologist
RTI International
Isabella Velásquez
Sr. Product Marketing Manager

Three-part series (or any single session):
Friday, April 15th from 12-1:30 Eastern
Friday, April 22nd from 12-1:30 Eastern
Friday, April 29th from 12-1:30 Eastern

The Tidy Survey Analysis in R Workshop Series will feature 3 online sessions (1.5 hours each) on how to analyze survey data in R.  The first workshop will introduce functions to obtain weighted totals and proportions from survey data, and how to conduct weighted analyses using χ-squared tests and logistic regression models. The second workshop will introduce functions to obtain weighted means, quantiles, and ratios from survey data, and how to conduct weighted analyses using t-tests and linear regression models. The third workshop will take a closer look at the survey design object and will review common probability sampling designs.  We will also cover how to create replicate weights, derived variables, and reproducible research output. 

All sessions will include time for exercises in breakout rooms using data from the 2020 American National Election Study and the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey, so you can get hands-on experience with the functions. We will be using RStudio Cloud, so you do not need to have R or RStudio preinstalled on your computer. For the best learning experience, we recommend you have some prior experience with R and the tidyverse. You should be familiar with mutate, summarize, count, and group_by.  The instructors are providing this course to obtain feedback on the material for their upcoming book on tidy survey analysis in R.

Dr. Stephanie Zimmer is a senior survey statistician with 10 years experience in survey sampling and design, survey weighting and analysis, and data management. She is an expert statistical programmer in R, SAS, and SUDAAN. She earned her PhD in Statistics from Iowa State University and her BS in Statistics from NC State. After earning her RStudio Tidyverse Trainer certification, she taught a course on tidy survey analysis in R in an AAPOR short course. She is currently a senior associate at Abt Associates.

Dr. Rebecca Powell is a research survey methodologist at RTI International.  Her research interests focus on visual design of questionnaires and contact materials. Additionally, Dr. Powell is a Certified RStudio Tidyverse Trainer and has taught courses and webinars on data management in R and tidy survey analysis in R at both AAPOR and MAPOR.  She has a PhD in Survey Research and Methodology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a BS and MS in Applied Statistics from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Isabella Velásquez is a content strategist, data enthusiast, and author. Her experience spans data collection, grantmaking, strategy development, and survey instrument development. She earned her MSc in Analytics and BA in Economics and East Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago. She currently works as a Sr. Product Marketing Manager at RStudio.

October 27 Webinar

Considering Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Research

Justine Bulgar-Medina, Ph.D.
Research Methodologist at NORC at the University of Chicago

October 27th, 12-1 pm central time

ADMISSION (Pandemic Special): 
$20 for non-members
$10 for MAPOR members
Free for student members

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Please join us for an informative and interactive presentation on crafting questions to measure Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (SOGI) in surveys. SOGI is measured in a variety of ways across surveys and research studies, but which SOGI question, or set of questions, is best for your study or target study population? Justine Bulgar-Medina, Ph.D. is a Research Methodologist at NORC and has dedicated much time and research to address this question. Justine will share her knowledge on the evolution of work on measurement error in SOGI populations in the MAPOR fall webinar on October 27th.

About Justine: In addition to her work at NORC, Justine also teaches courses in research methods and public policy at Northwestern.  Prior to joining NORC & Northwestern, Justine was a faculty member at Merrimack College where she taught courses in research methods, statistics, public policy and criminology. Justine completed her doctoral work in Sociology & Survey Research at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. Justine’s work focuses on looking at measurement error in surveys, especially measurement error in minority and multiple minority areas, with a focus on culturally responsive and inclusive approaches.  She has presented on these topics at several conferences (including MAPOR and AAPOR), as well as offered short courses for UNC’s Odum Institute.  Along with other researchers in the field Justine has been active in organizing AAPOR panels on SOGI populations.  

April 30 Webinar

Conducting Research in a Virtual Environment and What the Post-COVID “New Normal” Might Look Like for Qualitative Researchers

Andrew Stavisky
Assistant Director
Applied Research and Methods Group
US Government Accountability Office
Isaac Rogers
CEO, 20|20 Research
Chief Innovation Officer, Schlesinger Group

April 30th, 12-1 pm central time

ADMISSION (Pandemic Special): 
$20 for non-members
$10 for MAPOR members
Free for student members

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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

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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.

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