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Workshop in International Survey Methods

The LAPOP Lab is a center for excellence in international survey research, located at Vanderbilt University. The lab’s main goals are to produce high-quality public opinion data; develop and implement cutting-edge methods; build capacity in survey research; and generate policy-relevant research.

To support advances in survey methodology, the lab hosts workshops that aim to bring together faculty, students, and other researchers to exchange ideas about topics in survey research.

Our flagship series is the Workshop on International Survey Methods (WISM).  This workshop features survey experts from around the world who deliver presentations on cutting-edge methodology, with a focus on research in international contexts. The series is intentionally trans-institutional, engaging scholarship from multiple disciplines, and virtual, allowing participation from researchers across the globe. 

Each workshop begins with a 30-minute presentation followed by a 30-minute Q&A. For the 2023-24 academic year, all talks will be given via Zoom on Wednesdays at 11 am CT.

If you would like to sign up for the mailing list where Zoom invitations are sent, please fill out the form linked here.

Spring 2024

Date: 1/31/2024 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: The Geography of Racially Polarized Voting: Calibrating Surveys at the District Level

Presenters: Shiro Kuriwaki (Yale)

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Date: 2/28/2024 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: Improving Representation of Harder-to-Reach Groups in CATI Surveys: Evidence from Seven Low- and Middle-Income Countries

Presenters: Charles Lau (GeoPoll)

Video link: (coming soon)


Date: 3/20/2024 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: Evaluating a Two-stage Qualitative Research Approach to Improve Locally Relevant Food Security and Resilience Measures: Lessons Learned from Uganda and Kenya

Presenters: Caroline Deschak, Julie de Jong, Monica Kothari, Lwendo Moonzwe (ICF International)

Video link: (coming soon)


Date: 4/24/2024 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: Exploring the nuances of democratic ideals: Insights from a semantic clustering analysis in Chile

Presenters: Ricardo Gonzalez and Sergio Chaigneau (University Adolfo Ibanez, Chile)

Video link: (coming soon)


Fall 2023

Date: 9/27/2023 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: A comparative perspective on Gender identity questions

Presenters: Valerie Schweizer-Robinson (LAPOP Lab) & Quinn Albaugh (C-Dem)

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Date: 10/18/2023 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: The Evolution of Mobile-phone Surveys in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Study of Coverage Structure

Presenters: Mahmoud Elkasabi (RTI International)

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Date: 11/8/2023 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: From Stories to Models: Eliciting Culturally Determined Knowledge from Hyperlocal Populations using Fuzzy Cognitive Maps

Presenters: Clifford Zinnes (NORC at the University of Chicago), Santadarshan Sadhu (NORC), Peter Revay (Two Six Technologies), Rebecca Myhre (Two Six), James Gentile (Two Six)

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Spring 2023

Date: 1/18/2023 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: Asking about Violence: Evidence and Transparency in research ethics

Presenters: Lauren Young (UC - Davis) and Hannah Baron (Brown). 

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Date: 2/15/2023 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: Natural Language Processing Methods for Open-ended Survey Responses: The case of the 'most important national problem'

Presenters: Sarah Staveteig Ford, US Department of State


Date: 3/22/2023 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: Mode effects: a within-subject exploration

Presenters: Carmen Le Foulon, CEP Chile

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Date: 4/19/2023 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: An Exploration of Digital Trace Data Quality

Presenters: Alexandru Cernat, University of Manchester

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Fall 2022

Date: 9/21/2022 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: Sabbath Surveys and Political Attitude in Israel

Presenters: Dr. Hannah Ridge, University of Chicago

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Date: 10/19/2022 at 11:00 AM CT

Title: Multinomial Probit Estimation for Electoral Research

Presenters: Dr. Chris Achen (Princeton) and Dr. Won-ho Park (Seoul National)

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Date: 11/16/2022 at 11:00 AM CT

Title:  Sensitivity Analysis for Survey Weights

Presenters: Erin Hartman and  Melody Huang, UC - Berkeley


Spring 2022

Date: 2/9/2022 at 10:00 AM CT

Title: Living Standards Measurement Study: an Overview and Future Priorities in Survey Methods

Presenters: Dr.  Gero Carletto, World Bank

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Date: 3/2/2022 at 10:00 AM CT

Title: Mode Effects on Sensitive Questions: Evidence from Arab Barometer Surveys

Presenters: Dr.  Michael Robbins, Arab Barometer, Princeton University

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Date: 3/30/2022 at 10:00 AM CT

Title: Policy analysis during COVID-19: creative approaches to collecting data in sub-Saharan Africa during the pandemic

Presenters: Dr.  Sarah Hughes, Mathematica Policy Research

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Date: 4/20/2022 at 10:00 AM CT

Title: The Impact of Response Styles on Subjective Socioeconomic Status in Cross-national Research

Presenters: Julie de Jong, University of Michigan

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Fall 2021

Date: 10/6/2021 at 10:00 AM CT

Title: Survey Research Comparing the Results of Experiments Across Countries: Surprising Evidence about International Differences and about the Reliability of Scientific Evidence

Presenter: Dr. Jon Krosnick, Stanford University

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Date: 11/10/2021 at 10:00 AM CT

Title: Dialing into phone: Polling opportunities and challenges during the pandemic

Presenter: Patrick Moynihan, Pew Research

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Date: 12/15/2021 at 10:00 AM CT

Title: Survey and Data Science: Lessons Learned from World‘s Largest Survey on COVID-19

Presenters: Dr. Frauke Kreuter, University of Maryland, Ludwig-Maximilians-University (Munich)

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