The Program on Survey Research at the Institute for Quantitative Social Science at Harvard University is honored to be able to host a conference focusing on Internet-based survey research as part of the Eric C. Mindich Experimental Social Science Conference Series. The conference, held on February 28, 2014, aims to benchmark the current state of scientific knowledge in this emerging field and suggest future directions for research.
Keynote speaker Roger Tourangeau will discuss research on a variety of elements of visual design, and examine the impact of the prominence or visibility of information on screen. Tourangeau is an author on more than 60 research articles, many of them on the design of web surveys. He is also the lead author of a new book on web survey design (The Science of Web Surveys) with Fred Conrad and Mick Couper, published by Oxford University Press last year.
Afternoon sessions will focus of special topics and help broaden our understanding of ways the web is changing the way survey researchers work. Fred Conrad (University of Michigan) will discuss the use of interactivity in web surveys, while Lee Rainie (Pew Internet and American Life Project) will discuss the impact of mobile connectivity and the "internet of things" on survey data. The use of web surveys in measuring behaviors will also be the focus of a panel, with Leslie John (Harvard Business School) discussing people's propensity to disclose sensitive matters on the web in-general, with Michael Schober (The New School) discusses some particular aspects of web survey methods which lead to greater disclosure of sensitive items.
The conference runs from 10:00 a.m. until 4:15 p.m. and is located on the Harvard campus at 1730 Cambridge Street, in the Tsai Auditorium. The PSR is pleased to be able to host both members of the Harvard community as well as members of the general public.
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