3MC International Conference 2016
As part of an ongoing effort to promote quality in multi-population surveys and to raise the level of methodological expertise in various applied fields of comparative survey research, the Second International Conference on Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional and Multicultural Contexts (3MC 2016) will be held July 25 - 29, 2016 in Chicago.
This conference will bring together researchers and survey practitioners concerned with survey methodology and practice in comparative contexts. It will provide a unique opportunity to discuss and present research that contributes to our understanding of survey needs and methods in multicultural, multinational, and multilingual contexts. Conference contributions will help document current best practices and stimulate new ideas for further research and development.
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Comparative Survey Design and Implementation: Past, Present, and Future
Wednesday, July 27th
9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.
'What’s Past is Prologue’: The Origin, Development, and Forming of Cross-National Survey Research
Tom W. Smith
Cross-national, survey research emerged out of and developed along with many of the seminal megatrends of the 20th century including globalization and democratization. It was also shaped in important ways by such major historical events as World War II, the advent of post-bellum collective multilateralism, and the spread and collapse of Communism.
The development of cross-national, survey research is an example of what EverettRogers calls the diffusion of innovation. Public opinion polls were created in the United States in the mid-1930s and spread to other countries. Like all diffusions, its development and trajectory was innovation specific and was both aided and hindered by the particular characteristics of survey research itself.
Its expansion was part of the more general process of globalization. Of course in the case of survey research, globalization involved considerable interaction between the global product (survey research) and the local markets and cultures. Thus, as Anthony Heath noted, “Globalization of public opinion polls has not entailed a straightforward spread of a standardized ‘product’ throughout the world in terms of survey conduct.”
Janet A. Harkness Student Paper Award
The World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) and the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) jointly support Dr. Harkness’s work by sponsoring the Janet A. Harkness Student Paper Award each year. This award recognizes "emerging young scholars in the study of multi-national/multi-cultural/multi-lingual survey research (aka 3M survey research) through support of the winner’s participation in the WAPOR Conference and a cash prize." Please follow this link to donate to this effort in gratitude for Dr. Harkness’s legacy in the field of cross-cultural, comparative survey research.
Dr. Janet A. Harkness initiated the International Workshop on Comparative Survey Design and Implementation and was one of the driving forces for the Cross-Cultural Survey Guidelines (http://ccsg.isr.umich.edu/). Dr. Harkness passed away in 2012. She inspired and influenced cross-cultural research and work through her steadfast conviction that resources must be made available to researchers and survey practitioners if we are to improve comparative survey research methods, dissemination and analysis.
Survey Methods in Multicultural, Multinational, and Multiregional Contexts
Written and edited by experts in the fields, Survey Methods in Multicultural, Multinational, and Multiregional Contexts provides an overview of comparative multinational, multiregional, and multicultural issues in survey methodology. Part of the Wiley Series in Survey Methodology, this volume explores the issue of quality in multipopulation surveys and the level of methodological expertise in comparative survey research. The text, including models of design, multilingual issues, and more on developing countries, is fundamental for statisticians, researchers, and students interested in design and implementation of international, national, and cultural comparative surveys. The text received the 2013 AAPOR Book Award - "recognizing influential books that have stimulated theoretical and scientific research in public opinion; and/or influenced our understanding or application of survey research methodology”. To purchase a copy, please follow this link.