Webinar: Practical Tools for Nonresponse Bias Analysis

  • 24 Apr 2012
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • Online

Practical Tools for Nonresponse Bias Analysis

Presenters: Kristen Olson and Jill M. Montaquila
Date: Tuesday, April 24, 1-3 p.m. Eastern time

This webinar will give an overview of methods that may be used to help in addressing the OMB guidelines for conducting nonresponse bias studies when response rates in surveys are less than 80 percent or there is reason to suspect that estimates are biased due to nonresponse. Practical tools are described and examples are used to illustrate these methods. The advantages and disadvantages of these methods are presented, and the value of having multiple approaches is highlighted. The need to devise strategies for nonresponse and for its analysis in the planning stage, prior to completing the survey, is emphasized.

Presenter Bios
Kristen Olson is an Assistant Professor of Survey Research and Methodology and Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has been at UNL since 2007. Her areas of research include nonresponse bias and nonresponse adjustments, the relationship between nonresponse and measurement errors, and interviewer effects. Kristen's research has appeared in Public Opinion Quarterly, the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Sociological Methods and Research, Field Methods, Social Science Research, and Survey Research Methods. She is currently serving as Conference Chair for MAPOR, and has taught short courses on nonresponse bias studies for AAPOR, DC-AAPOR, SAPOR, and JPSM. Kristen is also editor of the Research Synthesis section of Public Opinion Quarterly. She earned her B.A. in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Sociology from Northwestern University, her M.S. in Survey Methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland, and her Ph.D. in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan.

Jill Montaquila is an Associate Director of the Statistical Staff and Senior Statistician at Westat, and a Research Associate Professor in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland. She is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association. Her research interests include various methods for evaluation of nonresponse bias, random digit dialing survey methodology, and address based sampling. Jill has given short courses on approaches for nonresponse bias analysis for DC-AAPOR, SAPOR, and JPSM. She has served as President of the Washington Statistical Society and is Chair-Elect of the Survey Research Methods Section of the ASA.

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 20, 12:00 p.m. Eastern time


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