Call for papers: 2014 Panel Survey Methods Workshop

Oct 14 2013

Dear Colleague,

We are inviting submissions for papers to be presented at the 4th Panel Survey Methods Workshop, 20th-21st May 2014 at the University of Michigan, in Ann Arbor, MI, USA. Papers should address important methodological topics that are unique to the design and implementation of panel surveys.
The aim of the workshop is to foster discussion and initiate methodological research specific to the collection of panel survey data. The format of the meeting will be informal, designed to encourage interaction and collaboration. Presentations will be limited to a 10 minute summary of key findings or ideas, in order to allow generous time for discussion. All participants will have had a chance to study materials in advance, as presenters will be asked to circulate a short handout (no more than 8 pages) before the workshop. The handout should provide background information upon which the presentation will be built. Participants will be expected to read the background papers in preparation for the workshop. One person from each panel study represented at the workshop will be invited to also provide a 2-page summary of the recent and planned key methodological developments and these will be circulated prior to the workshop. The meeting will end with a brainstorming session, to identify a research agenda of the key issues.

The focus is primarily on surveys that involve collecting data from subjects on multiple occasions (panel surveys). Note that the workshop is concerned with the data collection methods used by such surveys, not with the substantive findings. Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Measurement error, including panel conditioning, seam effects, recall error, and dependent interviewing;
  • Mixed mode data collection, including effects on cost, measurement error, attrition, and logistics;
  • Attrition and nonresponse, including effects of survey design features, assessment of bias, methods to minimize effects, and adjustment methods (weighting and imputation);
  • Role of interviewers in longitudinal surveys;
  • Paradata, including collection and use in longitudinal surveys;
  • Responsive or adaptive fieldwork designs for longitudinal surveys;
  • Sampling issues, including refreshment sampling and following rules;
  • Use of administrative data in longitudinal surveys; and
  • Other innovations in longitudinal surveys, including biomarkers, online panels, matrix sampling, remote access, linking data sources, consent issues, and experimental designs.

Papers may provide a review of research and practice in a particular methodological area, present the findings of new methodological research or outline planned research for which the presenter would like feedback. The idea is not to have polished papers intended for presentation at a conference, but rather presentations that foster discussion and generate new ideas for reach and collaboration. Submissions will be screened by the organizing committee, who will select papers that address relevant topics and collectively provide a balanced program.

Submissions should consist of an abstract of no more than 500 words, describing clearly the topic that will be addressed, the material that will be drawn upon and the key messages of the paper. The deadline for submission of abstracts is 1st December 2013. Authors will be informed whether or not their submission has been accepted by 15th January 2014. Authors of accepted papers will be required to register for the workshop, to submit a handout by 20th April 2014, for circulation prior to the workshop, and to present their paper orally.

Please submit abstracts to

For more details about the workshop, please see


Mick Couper, Peter Lugtig, Peter Lynn, and Nicole Watson

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