A short course sponsored by the Joint Program in Survey Methodology 

APRIL 14, 2017  To be rescheduled for 2018
Presented at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference and Training Center in Washington DC

Director of Survey Research, Pew Research Center

The course will focus on nonprobability sample (NPS) surveys, with specific emphasis on those conducted online to make inference to a general population. The aim of the course is to help applied researchers understand the state of the art with respect to commercially available NPS surveys, their strengths, weaknesses, and best practices for maximizing data quality. The course will cover variation among NPS vendors in executing each stage of the survey process as well as literature on which approaches tend to produce higher or lower quality data. The material generally approaches NPS from the client perspective with an eye toward determining whether an online NPS survey is appropriate for a given research goal and, if so, what design characteristics are important. The course will draw on empirical results from experiments and comparative studies as well as practical experience working with a range of vendors to implement NPS surveys. Highly technical aspects of NPS selection and adjustment, such sample matching, propensity score modeling or multi-level regression and post-stratification are not a primary focus of the course but will be discussed briefly.

A working knowledge of survey research methods will be assumed.

COURTNEY KENNEDY is director of survey research at Pew Research Center. In this role, she serves as the chief survey methodologist for the Center, providing guidance on all of its research and leading its methodology work. Prior to joining Pew Research Center, Kennedy served as vice president of the advanced methods group at Abt SRBI, where she was responsible for designing complex surveys, developing data collection methodologies and assessing data quality. Her work has been published in Public Opinion Quarterly, the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology and the Journal of Official Statistics. She has worked as a statistical consultant on the U.S. Census Bureau’s decennial census and on multiple reports appearing in Newsweek. Kennedy has a doctorate from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, both in survey methodology. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan. Kennedy has served as standards chair of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and regularly serves as an election night exit poll analyst for NBC News.

The instructor would like to provide an opportunity for those who will be attending the Nonprobability Survey Samples course to raise specific questions or provide examples to be discussed in class.  If there are specific topics you want addressed please send them to, and the instructor will do her best to address these issues during the course. Please send these by 5 PM on Friday, March 31st, at the latest. The instructor cannot provide personal feedback on any submissions, and this is not an offer of free consulting, but rather an attempt to make the course more relevant to the specific needs of participants.

Registrants will be provided with a course lecture notebook. JPSM group continental breakfasts, lunches and refreshments are included in the course fee.

Registrants must check-in with the JPSM onsite at the course.

FRIDAY: APRIL 14, 2017 To be rescheduled for 2018
7:30 - 8:30  Registrant Check-in and Continental Breakfast
8:30 - 9:00 Introduction and Overview. Types of nonprobability sample (NPS) surveys. Sources of error in NPS surveys.
9:00 - 10:00 Design of NPS Surveys: Recruitment, Retention, Sampling, Quality Checks
10:00 - 10:20 Break

10:20 - 11:15

Design of NPS Surveys: Estimation and Weighting Approaches, Variance Estimation
11:15-12:00  Assessments of Data Quality: Comparisons to Probability-based Surveys
12:00 - 1:00  Lunch
1:00 - 2:40  Assessments of Data Quality: (Continued) Variation among NPS Sources
2:40 - 3:00  Break

3:00 - 4:00

Fitness for Purpose and Selecting a Vendor

4:00 - 4:30 

Methodological Reporting for NPS Surveys


Fees and awards are not transferrable due to nonattendance. Fees are course specific. The course fee is $385 for JPSM sponsor affiliates, $385 for full-time university students, and $520 for other participants. Sponsor Affiliate List

Online registration is required.  The registration deadline is March 31, 2017 New date to be determined.  Confirmation of acceptance will be sent after the registration form has been processed. Registrants are responsible for keeping track of their registrations and course dates. Contact JPSM if you have any questions concerning the status of the registration. JPSM Short  Courses

Payment by credit card is required.  Payment is due March 31 201New date to be determined.  Payments are course and date specific. Payment may be done online during registration. Post registration payment may be done online using the registration number or by calling 800.937.9320. Credit card payments may also be faxed  to 734.764.8263.

Tax Identification Number (University of Michigan): 38-6006309  

DUNS (University of Michigan): 073133571 

Please notify JPSM as soon as possible if you need to cancel your registration. Fees and awards are not transferrable due to nonattendance. Cancellation requests should be done online. You will be fully reimbursed if you cancel by March 31 2017. New date to be determined. Cancellation April 1-6, 2017. New date to be determined. will require a $100 administrative fee, the remainder will be reimbursed. Cancellation on or after April 7, 2017new date to be determined. is subject to the full fee amount.

Visitor Entrance: Postal Square, Building, 1st Street, NE, Washington, D.C. 20212-0001
Classroom: Conference Rooms 1-2-3, Conference Center: 202.691.6630

The course will be held at Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference and Training Center in Washington DC. Attendees are required to enter through the visitor entrance on First Street NE (between Massachusetts Avenue and G Street, NE) across from Union Station. Do not use the main entrance on 2 Massachusetts Avenue.  Please note that food is not allowed in the classroom. Only drinks with caps or lids are allowed into the classroom.

All visitors must present a valid photo ID at the visitor’s entrance and pick up a visitor’s badge. Visitors and packages will be processed through the x-ray and metal detector screening equipment. Please arrive 10 minutes early to allow enough time to go through security. Attendees  must also check-in with JPSM onsite assistant each day of the course.

Individuals are responsible for making their own overnight room reservations and for payment.

Union Station (Red Line):
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Entrance 1: East side of First Street., NW, (west side Union Station)
Entrance 2: Massachusetts Avenue (entrance to Amtrak Terminal)

The Bureau of Labor Statistics is located across the street from Union Station. Exit the platform at the North end of the station (exit that says to Amtrak trains). There is a doorway exit to the left of the turnstiles and manager’s kiosk. Go out that door instead of taking the escalator up to Union Station and straight across the street is the visitor’s entrance to BLS.

Union Station: Amtrak, MARC and VRE

Registrants are responsible for parking fees. Parking is available in a number of commercial parking lots within a 1-4 block radius. Daily parking fees range from $14-20.

From the East: Follow New York Avenue (west) into the city. Turn left on First Street, N.E.. The building will be on your right . The building is on the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street.
From the West or North: Take Capital Beltway. Exit on New Hampshire Avenue (south). New Hampshire Avenue turns into North Capitol Street when you enter the District of Columbia. Keep driving south on North Capitol to Massachusetts Avenue. The building will be on your left at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street.
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BWI – Baltimore Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport (31.3 mi)
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The citation programs are built around the JPSM short courses. The JPSM Citation in Introductory Survey Methodology is designed to provide the working professional or interested student with state-of-the-art knowledge about current principles and practices for conducting complex surveys combined with practical skills of day-to-day utility. The JPSM Citation in Introductory Economic Measurement is designed for professional staff who need to know the principles and practices of economic measurement. Completion of either citation program involves taking a semester-length JPSM credit-bearing course and eight JPSM short courses, of which four are specified core courses. For information on the Certificate and Citation Programs visit the website at  or call 301.314.7911.

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Tax Identification Number (University of Michigan): 38-6006309  

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