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The Research and Expertise Centre for Survey Methodology (RECSM) is a valuable resource of expert knowledge for people working with survey methodology in the academic, commercial, and public sectors.

RECSM concentrates on doing fundamental research on questionnaire design, evaluation of survey questions, fieldwork strategies and supervision, interviewer effects, and data analysis, among other topics. Besides this, it offers advice and expert knowledge on survey research to academic, governmental and commercial researchers who need it. 



WAPOR Annual Conference 16-19 June 2015 Buenos Aires, Argentina

The World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) is pleased to announce its 68 th annual conference will be held for the first time in Latin America. The four-day conference, hosted by the Universidad de Tres de Febrero, will convene 16-19 June 2015 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Conference Theme: The Networks of Public Opinion: New Theories, New Methods

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Call for submissions to the SQP research paper award
circular_SQP_logo_transparentThe SQP research paper award will be announced at the ESRA conference in Reykjavik during the 6 th ESRA conference (13-17 July 2015, Reykjavik, Iceland). The award is given for the best paper describing an application or a methodological comment on the use of the Survey Quality Predictor (SQP). Submissions to the SQP research paper award should be sent to before the 1 st March 2015.

This SQP paper competition was organized by RECSM after two former members of RECSM, Daniel Oberski and Willem Saris, received the 2014 Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award for the development of SQP 2.0 and its contribution to the improvement of questionnaire design from the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR).

Rules for the SQP research paper award and more info here


ESS seminar: Highlights in Survey Research
The RECSM is pleased to host the ESS seminar "Highlights in Survey Research". It will take place at Campus de la Ciutadella of Universitat Pompeu Fabra, on Friday, 10 th October 2014, 10-13h.

Four survey research experts will be our guest speakers: Rory Fitzgerald (Director European Social Survey ERIC), Jon A. Krosnick (Stanford University, USA), Beatrice Rammstedt (GESIS, Germany), Charles E. Lance (University of Georgia, USA). For complete information about the seminar, click  here.

ESS Topline Results on Democracy (Round 6) launched on International Day of Democracy

Europeans' Understandings and Evaluations of Democracy: Findings from Round 6

The European Social Survey's publication, topline results from Round 6 on Europeans' understandings and evaluations of democracy, was launched on Monday, 15th September 2014, the International Day of Democracy, at the Italian Parliament in Rome.  Chaired by Professor Corrado Bonifazi, Director, Institute for Research on Population and Policy Studies - CNR, speakers at the event include Ivan Scalfarotto, Secretary of State for Constitutional Reforms and Relations with Parliament; Professor Riccardo Pozzo; Dr Mónica Ferrin (co-author of topline results booklet) and ESS ERIC Director, Rory Fitzgerald.  Discussants are Professors Daniele Archibugi and Leonardo Morlino.

Europeans' Understandings and Evaluations of Democracy: Topline Results from Round 6 of the European Social Survey, prepared by Dr Mónica Ferrin and Professor Hanspeter Kriesi, is issue 4 of the ESS Topline Results Series.

WAPOR's Janet A.Harkness Student Paper Award


The World Association for Public Opinion Research and the American Association for Public Opinion Research, recognizes and honors  Diana Zavala-Rojas with Honorable Mention of the 2014 Student paper competition in memory of Janet A. Harkness for her paper "Improving translations in cross-cultural research: a new approach using Survey Quality Prediction (SQP) program". [  Link]