Why Representation Matters

Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research

45th Annual Conference

November 20-21, 2020

Virtual Location! Accessible anywhere via internet connection

The year 2020 marks not only the start of a new decade, but also a year in which the United States will conduct both a presidential election and a decennial census. Given these special events, which are now taking place under the extraordinary circumstances of a global pandemic and national outcry against systemic racism in our institutions and culture, the question of what representation means and why it matters to our research is especially relevant. Our conference theme asks the MAPOR community to consider why representation matters in the work we do everyday. Why do we value representation and why do we strive to achieve it in our polls, our study samples, and in our research design? Where does representation factor into our interviewing and research teams? Why do we place a premium on representative data? We think about representation continually in our daily work and for our conference, let’s gather together and center our discussion on Why Representation Matters.

Registration will open soon!

Preliminary program available soon!

Conference chair: Sara Walsh

Associate conference chair: David Sterrett