American Association for Public Opinion Research

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The American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), is a professional organization of more than 2,000 public opinion and survey research professionals in the United States and from around the world, with members from academia, media, government, the non-profit sector and private industry. AAPOR publishes three academic journals: Public Opinion Quarterly, Survey Practice and the Journal for Survey Statistics and Methodology. It holds an annual research conference and maintains a "Code of Professional Ethics and Practices," for survey research which all members agree to follow.

AAPOR’s stated principle is that public opinion research is essential to a healthy democracy, providing information crucial to informed policy-making and giving voice to people’s beliefs, attitudes and desires. Through its annual conference, standards and ethics codes and publications, AAPOR seeks to promote a better public understanding of the role of public opinion research in a democracy, as well as the sound and ethical conduct and use of public opinion research.

Standards & Ethics

Promoting standards and ethics is central AAPOR's mission. The individuals who are members of AAPOR agree to observe the organization’s Code of Professional Ethics and Practices [1] that define and mandate the proper practice of public opinion and survey research with the appropriate use of research results. The Code is designed to express fundamental principles that apply to the conduct of research regardless of an individual’s membership in AAPOR. Adherence to the principles andactions set out in the Code is possible for of all public opinion and survey researchers, whether they are AAPOR members or not.

Under the Code, practitioners of survey research are expected to conduct their research with care, taking all reasonable steps to assure the reliability and validity of the results and communicate their methods and findings accurately with appropriate detail. The AAPOR code details the standards for dealing with research participants and identifiable information. And it indicates the need to provide clients with all information regarding possible research limitations and the need for disclosure.

The latest revision was approved in May 2015.

Transparency Initiative

In October 2014, AAPOR launched the Transparency Initiative (TI) [2] to encourage research organizations to disclose their methodological procedures fully and rigorously when reporting survey-based findings. AAPOR established a set of principles for disclosure and then invited organizations to apply to join the TI effort and be recognized for their promise to comply with the guidelines. Joining the TI does not imply any judgment about the quality or rigor of the methods being disclosed. The purpose of TI is to promote understanding of the relationship between methodology and survey quality, increase adherence to AAPOR’s Code of Professional Ethics and Practices and enable members of the media and the public to evaluate survey quality.

AAPOR Presidents

  • 1947-48 Clyde W. Hart
  • 1948-49 Elmo C. Wilson
  • 1949-50 Paul F. Lazarsfeld
  • 1950-51 Julian L. Woodward
  • 1951-52 Bernard Berelson
  • 1952-53 Archibald M. Crossley
  • 1953-54 Samuel A. Stouffer
  • 1954-55 George H. Gallup
  • 1955-56 Harry Alpert
  • 1956-57 Gerhart D. Wiebe
  • 1957-58 Frederick F. Stephan
  • 1958-59 David Wallace
  • 1959-60 Herbert H. Hyman
  • 1960-61 Robert O. Carlson
  • 1961-62 John W. Riley, Jr.
  • 1962-63 Joseph T. Klapper
  • 1963-64 Charles Y. Glock
  • 1964-65 Herbert E. Krugman
  • 1965-66 Raymond A. Bauer
  • 1966-67 Leo Bogart
  • 1967-68 Paul B. Sheatsley
  • 1968-69 Robert N. Ford
  • 1969-70 Robert T. Bower
  • 1970-71 Richard H. Baxter
  • 1971-72 W. Phillips Davison
  • 1972-73 Sidney Hollander
  • 1973-74 Harold Mendelsohn
  • 1974-75 Herbert I. Abelson
  • 1975-76 Richard Maisel
  • 1976-77 Irving Crespi
  • 1977-78 Hope Lunin Klapper
  • 1978-79 Reuben Cohen
  • 1979-80 Jack Elinson
  • 1980-81 Helen J. Kaufmann
  • 1981-82 Seymour Sudman
  • 1982-83 Burns W. Roper
  • 1983-84 Laure M. Sharp
  • 1984-85 Albert E. Gollin
  • 1985-86 Howard Schuman
  • 1986-87 J. Ronald Milavsky
  • 1987-88 Eleanor Singer
  • 1988-89 Warren J. Mitofsky
  • 1989-90 Philip Meyer
  • 1990-91 Joan S. Black
  • 1991-92 Norman M. Bradburn
  • 1992-93 Kathleen A. Frankovic
  • 1993-94 Stanley Presser
  • 1994-95 Andrew Kohut
  • 1995-96 Robert M. Groves
  • 1996-97 Diane Colasanto
  • 1997-98 James R. Beniger
  • 1998-99 Michael R. Kagay
  • 1999-00 Michael W. Traugott
  • 2000-01 Murray Edelman
  • 2001-02 Don A. Dillman
  • 2002-03 Mark A. Schulman
  • 2003-04 Elizabeth (Betsy) Martin
  • 2004-05 Nancy Belden
  • 2005-06 Cliff Zukin
  • 2006-07 Robert P. Daves
  • 2007-08 Nancy A. Mathiowetz
  • 2008-09 Richard A. Kulka
  • 2009-10 Peter V. Miller
  • 2010-11 Frank M. Newport
  • 2011-12 Scott Keeter
  • 2012-13 Paul J. Lavrakas
  • 2013-14 Robert Santos
  • 2014-15 Michael W. Link
  • 2015-16 Mollyann Brodie

The AAPOR Award

The AAPOR Award is the Association’s lifetime achievement award, given since 1962 for outstanding contributions to the field of public opinion research. A person, group or institution may be recognized for advances in theory, empirical research and methods; improvements in ethical standards; or promotion of understanding among the public, media or policy makers. Nominees are evaluated by a committee chaired by AAPOR's president and the award is presented at the annual conference. The award may not be given every year or more than one award may be given. The predecessor of the AAPOR Award, the Julian Woodward Award was presented 1955 to 1961.

Past Winners

2015 Nancy Mathiowetz
2014 Jon A. Krosnick
2013 Floyd J. Fowler, Jr.
2012 Daniel Yankelovich
2011 Stanley Presser
2010 Michael W. Traugott
2009 Elizabeth Martin
2008 Kathleen Frankovic
2007 Harry O'Neill
2006 Norman H. Nie
2005 Andrew Kohut
2004 Benjamin I. Page
2003 Don A. Dillman
Frank Stanton
2002 Tom W. Smith
2001 Robert Groves
2000 Philip Meyer
1999 Charles Cannell
Warren J. Mitofsky
1998 Albert E. Gollin
1997 Irving Crespi
1996 Eleanor Singer
1995 Herbert I. Abelson
1994 Howard Schuman
1993 Jack Elinson
1992 James Davis
1991 Joe Belden
1990 Herbert E. Krugman
1989 Gladys Engel Lang
Kurt Lang
1988 Burns W. Roper
1987 Norman Bradburn
Seymour Sudman
1986 Philip Converse
1985 Daniel Katz
1984 Ithiel de Sola Pool
1983 Paul K. Perry
1982 Paul B. Sheatsley
Matilda White Riley
John R. Riley, Jr.
Wilbur Schramm
1981 Lester R. Frankel
1980 Shirley A. Star
1979 Mervin D. Field
1978 W. Phillips Davison
1977 Leo Bogart
1976 Joseph T. Klapper
1975 Raymond A. Bauer
1974 Bernard Berelson
1973 Rensis Likert
1972 Jean Stoetzel
1971 Walter Lippman
1970 Archibald M. Crossley
1969 Roper Public Opinion Research Center
1968 Elmo C. Wilson
1967 Hans Zeisel
1966 Hadley Cantril
1965 Harry H. Field
1964 Harold D. Lasswell
1963 George H. Gallup
1962 Angus Campbell

Julian Woodward Award

1961 Fund for the Republic
1960 Clyde W. Hart
1959 Elmo Roper
1958 Samuel A. Stouffer
1957 Public Opinion Quarterly
1956 Herbert H. Hyman
1955 Paul F. Lazarsfeld

Annual Conference

The annual conference offers a forum for innovative research, workshops and discussion forums for public opinion researchers and practitioners of diverse disciplines from around the world. Attendees learn the latest trends in the field, network with colleagues and make new connections.

Locations

2016 Austin, Texas Hilton Austin

2015

Hollywood, Florida

The Diplomat

2014

Anaheim, California

Anaheim Marriott Hotel

2013

Boston, Massachusetts

Seaport Boston Hotel & Seaport World Trade Center

2012

Orlando, Florida

JW Marriott Orlando Grande Lakes

2011

Phoenix, Arizona

Arizona Grand Resort

2010

Chicago, Illinois

Chicago Marriott Downtown Magnificent Mile

2009

Hollywood, Florida

Westin Diplomat Convention Center

2008

New Orleans, Louisiana

Sheraton New Orleans Hotel

2007

Anaheim, California

Hyatt Regency Orange County

2006

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Hilton Montréal Bonaventure

2005

Miami Beach, Florida

Fontainebleau Resort

2004

Phoenix, Arizona

Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs

2003

Nashville, Tennessee

Sheraton Music City

2002

St. Pete Beach, Florida

Tradewinds Resort

2001

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Hilton Montréal Bonaventure

2000

Portland, Oregon

Doubletree Hotel

1999

St. Pete Beach, Florida

Tradewinds Resort

1998

St. Louis, Missouri

Marriott Pavilion Downtown

1997

Norfolk, Virginia

Norfolk Waterside Marriott

1996

Salt Lake City, Utah

Red Lion Hotel

1995

Fort Lauderdale, Florida

Bonaventure Resort and Spa

1994

Danvers, Massachusetts

Sheraton Tara Hotel and Resort

1993

St. Charles, Illinois

Pheasant Run Resort and Conference Center

1992

St. Pete Beach, Florida

Don CeSar Resort

1991

Phoenix, Arizona

The Pointe at Squaw Peak

1990

Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Sheraton Gold Resort

1989

St. Pete Beach, Florida

Don CeSar Resort

1988

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Inn on the Park

1987

Hershey, Pennsylvania

Hershey Lodge & Convention Center

1986

St. Pete Beach, Florida

Don CeSar Hotel

1985

McAfee, New Jersey

Americana-Great Gorge Hotel

1984

Lake Delavan, Wisconsin

Lake Lawn Hotel

1983

Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania

The Buck Hill Inn

1982

Hunt Valley, Maryland

Hunt Valley Inn

1981

Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania

The Buck Hill Inn

1980

Kings Island, Ohio

Kings Island Inn

1979

Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania

The Buck Hill Inn

1978

Roanoke, Virginia

Hotel Roanoke

1977

Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania

The Buck Hill Inn

1976

Asheville, North Carolina

Grove Park Inn

1975

Itasca, Illinois

Carson Inn- Nordic Hills

1974

Lake George, New York

Hotel Sagamore

1973

Asheville, North Carolina

Grove Park Inn

1972

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Marlborough-Blenheim Hotel

1971

Pasadena, California

Huntington-Sheraton Hotel

1970

Lake George, New York

Hotel Sagamore

1969

Lake George, New York

Hotel Sagamore

1968

Santa Barbara, California

The Miramar

1967

Lake George, New York

Hotel Sagamore

1966

Swampscott, Massachusetts

New Ocean House

1965

Groton, Connecticut

Hotel Griswold

1964

Excelsior Springs, Missouri

The Elms Hotel

1963

Lake George, New York

Hotel Sagamore

1962

Lake George, New York

Hotel Sagamore

1961

Berkeley, California

Claremont Hotel

1960

Atlantic City, New Jersey

Hotel Traymore

1959

Lake George, New York

Hotel Sagamore

1958

Chicago, Illinois

Edgewater Beach Hotel

1957

Washington, D.C.

Shoreham Hotel

1956

Buck Hill Falls, Pennsylvania

The Buck Hill Inn

1955

Madison, Wisconsin

Hotel Loraine

1954

Asbury Park, New Jersey

Berkeley-Carteret Hotel

1953

Pocono Manor, Pennsylvania

Pocono Manor Inn

1952

Poughkeepsie, New York

Vassar College

1951

Princeton, New Jersey

Princeton University

1950

Lake Forest, Illinois

Lake Forest College

1949

Ithaca, New York

Cornell University

1948

Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania

Lake Side Hotel

1947

Williamstown, Massachusetts

Williams College (AAPOR officially formed at this conference)

1946

Central City, Colorado

Opera House and Teller House

Task Force Reports

As needed, AAPOR may commission a working group to address topical issues relating to the survey research industry. These working groups produce reports to introduce new methods, address methodological concerns or provide guidance on the application of specific research methods. Here are some of those Task Force Reports:

  1. January 1, 2008 - Pre-Election Polling in New Hampshire: What Went Wrong?[3]
  1. April, 2008 - AAPOR Cell Phone Task Force Report[4]
  1. March 30, 2009 - An Evaluation of the Methodology of the 2008 Pre-Election Primary Polls: Report of ad hoc AAPOR Committee on the 2008 Presidential Primary Polling[5]
  1. May 16, 2009 - Report to the AAPOR Standards Committee on the status of Human Subjects Protection Training Requirements[6]
  1. March 24, 2010 - AAPOR Opt In Online Panel Task Force Report[7]
  1. October 28, 2010 - AAPOR 2010 Cell Phone Task Force Report[8]
  1. October 7, 2012 - AAPOR Statement on Understanding a "credibility interval"[9]
  1. May 17, 2013 - AAPOR Report on Non-Probability Sampling[10]
  1. September 2, 2013 - Polling and Democracy: Report of the AAPOR Task Force on Public Opinion and Leadership [11]
  1. May 12, 2014 - Mobile Technologies for Conducting, Augmenting and Potentially Replacing Surveys: Report of the AAPOR Task Force on Emerging Technologies in Public Opinion Research[12]
  1. May 30, 2014 - Social Media and Public Opinion Research: Report of the AAPOR Task Force on Emerging Technologies in Public Opinion Research [13]
  1. September 8, 2014 - Current Knowledge and Considerations Regarding Survey Refusals [14]
  1. February 12, 2015 Task Force Report on Big Data[15]

See also

External links

References

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  2. "AAPOR Transparency Initiative".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "New Hampshire Polls & Outcome". American Association for Public Opinion Research. 2008-01-09.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. AAPOR Cell Phone Task Force (2008-04-00). "AAPOR Cell Phone Task Force Report" (PDF). American Association for Public Opinion Research. Check date values in: |date= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. ad hoc AAPOR Committee on the 2008 Presidential Primary Polling (2009-03-30). "An Evaluation of the Methodology of the 2008 Pre-Election Primary Polls: Report of ad hoc AAPOR Committee on the 2008 Presidential Primary Polling" (PDF). American Association for Public Opinion Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Report to the AAPOR Standards Committee on the status of Human Subjects Protection Training Requirements" (PDF). American Association for Public Opinion Research. 2009-05-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. AAPOR Opt In Online Panel Task Force (2010-03-24). "AAPOR Opt In Online Panel Task Force Report" (PDF). American Association for Public Opinion Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. AAPOR Cell Phone Task Force (2010-10-28). "AAPOR 2010 Cell Phone Task Force Report". American Association for Public Opinion Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "AAPOR Statement on Understanding a "credibility interval"" (PDF). American Association for Public Opinion Research. 2012-10-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. AAPOR Task Force (2013-05-17). "Mobile Technologies for Conducting, Augmenting and Potentially Replacing Surveys" (PDF). American Association for Public Opinion Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. AAPOR Task Force on Public Opinion and Leadership (2013-09-02). "Polling and Democracy: Report of the AAPOR Task Force on Public Opinion and Leadership" (PDF). American Association for Public Opinion Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  12. AAPOR Task Force on Emerging Technologies in Public Opinion Research (2014-05-12). "Mobile Technologies for Conducting, Augmenting and Potentially Replacing Surveys" (PDF). American Association for Public Opinion Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  13. AAPOR Task Force on Emerging Technologies in Public Opinion Research (2014-05-30). "Social Media and Public Opinion Research" (PDF). American Association for Public Opinion Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  14. AAPOR Survey Refusals Task Force (2014-09-08). "Current Knowledge and Considerations Regarding Survey Refusals" (PDF). American Association for Public Opinion Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  15. AAPOR Big Data Task Force (2015-02-15). "AAPOR Report on Big Data" (PDF). American Association for Public Opinion Research.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>