MAPOR Methods & Substance Webinar Series

MAPOR’s webinar series includes a series of talks by researchers and practitioners on the cutting edge of public opinion research that are streamed live to you on your computer or mobile devices. Please register prior to the date of the webinar.

MAPOR’S webinars are coordinated by the MAPOR Online Learning Committee. Please email the head of the Online Learning Committee, Rebecca Powell, at if you have any questions about our webinars or if you would like to obtain a copy of a historical webinar. If you are interested in sharing your research, feel free to reach out.

Upcoming Webinars

The MAPOR Online Learning Committee is pleased to announce the 2023 Fall MAPOR Webinar Series!  Join us for this three-part series (or any single session) on October 13th, October 27th, and November 3rd. This series is a three-part series, although each session is distinct. Registration covers all three webinars, and the cost is $30 total for MAPOR members, $60 for non-members, and FREE for students with a valid .edu email address. Learn more about these webinars below!

2023 Fall Webinar Series

Brad Edwards
Michelle Amsbary
Jesus Arrue
October 13th at 12:00pm CT

What Is Survey Research?

Brad Edwards, Michelle Amsbary, and Jesus Arrue
Tiffany Neman
Brittany Creel
Ned English
October 27th at 1:00pm CT

How to Network in the Survey Field

Tiffany Neman, Felicitas Mittereder, Brittany Creel, and Ned English
University of Wisconsin, Meta, Abt, and NORC
Natalie JacksonNovember 3rd at 12:00pm CT

Navigating the Survey Job Market

Dr. Natalie Jackson
Vice President

2023 Spring Webinar Series

April 14th at 11:30 CT

Front End Survey Development for Data Quality

Dr. Steven Snell
Principal Survey Methodologist
Goldman Sachs
April 21st at 10:30 CT

Detecting Fraudulent Data in Web Surveys

Ms. Emily Geisen
Senior Product XM Scientist
April 28th at 11:30 CT

Demystifying SQL

Dr. Scott Adams
Analytics and Insights Leader
National Business Furniture

2022 Fall Webinar Series

January 27th at 11:30am CST

Military Populations Research Best Practices

Amanda Barry
Director of Military Workplace Climate Research
Fors Marsh



November 4th at 11:30am CST


Taking the pulse on SOGI measurement: Best practices and discussion

Matt Jans
Lead Statistician

Gretchen McHenry
Survey Methodologist
RTI International

2022 Spring Webinar Series


April 15th, April 22nd, and April 29th, from 12-1:30 PM Eastern


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


2021 Fall Webinar

October 27, 2021
12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time


Considering Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Research

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

2021 Spring Webinar


April 30, 2021
12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time


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

2020 Fall Webinar

October 21, 2020
12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time


The Challenges of Surveying U.S. Latinos

Ana Gonzalez-Barrera, MPP., Senior Researcher  at Pew Researcher Center


2020 Spring Webinar

April 8, 2020
12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time


Data Management the Tidy Way: An Overview of the Tidyverse in R

Rebecca J. Powell, Ph.D., Research Survey Methodologist at RTI International


2019 Fall Webinar

October 9, 2019


12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time

Discussion and Practical Application of Data Visualization Best Practices

Edward Mulrow, Ph.D., Vice President at NORC at the University of Chicago

Nola du Toit, Ph.D., Senior Research Methodologist at NORC at the University of Chicago


2019 Spring Webinar

April 17, 2019


12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time

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, Research Survey Methodologist at RTI International

Trent Buskirk, Novak Family Professor of Data Science and the Chair of the Applied Statistics and Operations Research Department at Bowling Green State University


2018 Webinar Series

October 17, 2018


12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time

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

February 28, 2018


12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time

Two approaches to validate survey-design-decisions with ground truth

Masahiko Aida, principal survey scientist at Civis Analytics

2017 Webinar Series

April 26, 2017


12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time

Social Network News

Pablo J. Boczkowski, Professor in the Department of Communication Studies and Director of the Master of Science in Leadership for Creative Enterprises at Northwestern University

2016 Webinar Series


October 12, 2016


12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time

Pretesting Multilingual Questionnaires: Achieving Quality Outcomes using Qualitative Methods

Mandy Sha and Margaret Roller, with an introduction from Paul J. Lavrakas

April 20, 2016


12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time

From Blowing Sax to Blowing Stacks: The Influence of New Media on Political Campaigning

Tom Johnson, the Amon G. Carter Jr. Centennial Professor in the School of Journalism at University of Texas at Austin and Director of the Digital Media Research Program

2015 Webinar Series

September 24, 2015


12:00PM-1:00PM Central Time

Single and Multi-mode Surveys using Address-Based Sampling: Past, Present, and Future

Colm O’Muircheartaigh, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy and NORC at the University of Chicago

2014 Webinar Series

October 9, 2014


12:00PM-1:30PM Central Time

Political Science: Emerging Technologies at the Intersection of Media, Politics, and Public Opinion

Dietram A. Scheufele, University of Wisconsin-Madison

September 25,


12:00PM-1:30PM Central Time

Visual Design in Surveys: Using Numbers, Symbols, and Graphics Effectively

Jolene D. Smyth, University of Nebraska-Lincoln