A short course sponsored by the Joint Program in Survey Methodology 

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017
Presented at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center

Associate Director and Senior Statistician, Westat
Research Associate Professor, Joint Program in Survey Methodology

Associate Professor, Sociology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


This course is designed to help in addressing the OMB guidelines for conducting nonresponse bias studies when response rates in surveys are less than 80 percent or there is reason to suspect that estimates are biased from nonresponse. Practical tools are described and examples are used to illustrate methods that can be used to conduct these studies. The advantages and disadvantages of these methods are presented, and the value of having multiple approaches is highlighted. The need to devise strategies for nonresponse and for its analysis in the planning stage, prior to completing the survey are emphasized.

Survey researchers in government, business and academia who want to learn methods for diagnosing the risk of nonresponse bias in important survey estimates. Researchers who are conducting federally funded research subject to the OMB requirements for planning for a nonresponse bias study. Researchers who collect paradata or data documenting the survey recruitment process and want to learn how to use these data for nonresponse bias analyses. 


Jill Montaquila DeMatteis is an Associate Director and Senior Statistician at Westat and Research Associate Professor at the Joint Program in Survey Methodology.  Her research interests include nonresponse bias, random digit dial (RDD) survey methodology, and address based sampling.  Dr. DeMatteis is a Fellow of the American Statistical Association and an Elected Member of the International Statistical Institute.

Kristen Olson is an Associate Professor and Vice Chair of the Department of Sociology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Her areas of specialization include nonresponse bias and nonresponse adjustments, the relationship between nonresponse and measurement errors, interviewer effects, and analysis of paradata. Dr. Olson is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Official Statistics and The Sociological Quarterly.

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.


7:30 - 8:30  Registrant Check-In and Continental Breakfast


  Nonresponse Rates and Nonresponse Error
10:00-10:15  Morning Break
10:15-12:30 Study designs using external data
  Sampling frame
  External data matched to sample
  Observations taken during data collection
  Seeded sample
  Comparing response rates on subgroups
  Calculate R-indicators
12:30-1:30  Lunch
1:30-3:00 Study designs using internal data
  Use of screening and prior wave data collection
  Following up nonrespondents
  Two phase (double) sampling of nonrespondents
  Analyzing estimates by level of effort
  Analyzing estimates by predicted response propensity
  Mounting randomized nonresponse experiments


Afternoon Break
3:15-4:30 Postsurvey adjustment analyses


Calculate fraction of missing information
  Adjust using selection (Heckman) models
4:30-5:00 Summary


Five things you should remember about the course
5:00   Adjourn

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

Online registration is required.  The registration deadline is September 11, 2017 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 September 11, 2017  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 September 11, 2017. Cancellation September 12-17, 2017 will require a $100 administrative fee, the remainder will be reimbursed. Cancellation on or after September 18, 2017 is subject to the full fee amount.

The Joint Program in Survey Methodology strives to increase the number of survey professionals from groups traditionally under-represented in the field. As part of this effort, a limited number of competitive fellowships are available to African-Americans, Latinos, Hispanic Americans, and Native American Indians for the short course. The registrant must be a US citizen or permanent resident. A limited number of fellowships are available for each course. The committee takes a number of factors into consideration when awarding the fellowships.

Fellowship applicants should submit:

  1. The online registration form must be completed to reserve a position in the course. 
  2. 500-word essay describing their reasons for wanting to attend this short course and how their participation will enhance their chosen career path. The essay should indicate the applicant’s background (i.e. African-American, Latino, Hispanic American, or Native American Indian) and why financial support is needed.
  3. letter of recommendation written by a person knowledgeable about the applicant’s aptitude and interest in survey methodology.

The online registration form, essay, and letter of recommendation are due by August 28, 2017. JPSM will evaluate the applications and inform the successful applicants by September 4, 2017. The fellowship covers the registration fee, materials to be distributed during the course and the JPSM group continental breakfasts, lunches and breaks. The essay and letter of recommendation may be faxed to 734.764.8263 or emailed to

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 check-in with JPSM onsite assistant at the course.

Equipment brought into BLS requires property passes. Passes can be picked up from the receptionist either when you arrive or depart from BLS. Wi-Fi is available in the conference area.

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

Best Parking
MARC Train

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Union Station Information 
VRE Train
WMATA Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority 
WMATA Union Station

Union Station (Red Line): 701 First Street. NE, Washington, DC 20002
Entrance 1: East side of First Street., NW, (west side Union Station)
Entrance 2: Massachusetts Avenue (entrance to Amtrak Terminal)

Metro Directions: Traveling by metro is preferred. The Bureau of Labor Statistics is located across the street from Union Station. Take the Metro Red Line to 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.

Colonial Parking: 750 1st St NE (between G Pl NE-H St NE)
Colonial Parking: 810 1st St NE (at H St NW)
Colonial Parking: 1 Massachusetts Ave NW   (between F St NW – G St NW)
Colonial Parking: 25 Massachusetts Ave NW (between N Capitol Ave NW – New Jersey Ave NW)
Colonial Parking (Union Station): 30 Massachusetts Ave NE (between 1st Street NE – 2nd St NE)
Altman’s parking: 50 Massachusetts Ave NW (between N Capitol St NW -New Jersey Ave NW)
Colonial Parking: 15 F St NW (between 1st St NW-N Capitol St NW)
PMI Garage: 10 G St NE (between 1st St NE – N Capitol St NE)
Colonial Parking: 400 N Capitol St (between D St NW – E St NW)
Quimper Inc.: 777 N Capitol St NE (between G Pl NE – H St NE)
MarcParc Garage: 825 N Capitol St NW (between H St NE – K St NE)
Central Parking System Inc.: 400 New Jersey Ave NW (between D St NW – E St NW)

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.
From the South: Follow I-395 north. Take Massachusetts Avenue exit. Turn right onto Massachusetts Avenue (going east). The building will be on your left at the corner of Massachusetts Avenue and North Capitol Street.


Ground Transportation at DCA
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport Metro Stop (Metro Blue & Yellow Line): The Washington, DC Metrorail system has an elevated Metro Rail station connected to the concourse level at Reagan National Airport. Take the Blue Line towards Largo Town. Transfer to the Red Line at Center Metro Station transfer to the Red Line. Go towards Silver Spring or Glenmont Metro. Exit at the Union Station Metro Station.
DCA Metro Access: In DCA Terminals B and C there are connecting pedestrian bridges to the metro station. If exiting from DCA Terminal A go to the street side curb. Board an “Airport Shuttle” bus. At the stops for Parking Garages B and C (bus shelter #3 and bus shelter #5) you may access an enclosed bridge which connects to the Metrorail station.
Super Shuttle: Ticket counters located in Terminal B and C baggage claim area located next to doors 4 and 9. Ticket counters are open daily from 6:00 AM to 1:00 AM. Guests arriving in Terminal A should precede outside to the Super Shuttle loading area immediately outside the Terminal A door. Call 800.258.3826 for assistance.

Ground Transportation at IAD
Metro Bus & Rail: IAD connects by bus to the Metro Rail System. Take Metrobus 5A from IAD towards L’Enfant Plaza Metro. Transfer to the Orange Line at the Rosslyn Metro Station. Go towards New Carrollton. Transfer to the Red Line at Metro Center Metro Station. Go towards Glenmont Metro. Exit at Union Station Metro Station.
Super Shuttle: Ticket counters are located on the far ends of the Ground Transportation Level of the Main Terminal. Shuttles operate on an on-demand basis. No reservations are needed for outbound service from the Airport. For information or inbound reservations to the Airport, call 800.BLUEVAN or go to

Ground Transportation at BWI 
Metro Bus & Rail: BWI connects by bus and train to the Metro Rail system. Take the southbound B30 Metrobus to Greenbelt Metro Rail Station located at Terminal (pier E) on the lower level. Get on the Green Line towards Branch Ave. Transfer to the Red Line at the Fort Totten Metro Station. Go towards Shady Grove. Get off at the Union Station Metro Station.
Amtrak Train: You can take the Amtrak train from the BWI Airport Rail Station. Get on the train heading south to Union Station.
MARC Train: The MARC train is another option from BWI. Go to the lower baggage claim level of BWI to get on the shuttle to the BWI MARCH station. After you buy your ticket, get on the MARC Penn Line going to Union Station.
Super Shuttle: Ticket counters are located on the lower level baggage claim area of BWI. One is near baggage claim #1 (Southwest Airlines Terminal – Concourse A) and the other is near baggage claim #10 (Concourse C). They are open between the hours of 6:00 AM and 2:00 AM. When counters are closed, please call 888.826.2700 for information or to arrange service.

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DUNS (University of Maryland): 808124564

Primary Funding for JPSM is from the Interagency Council on Statistical Policy