Bruno Arpino is Assistant Professor at the Department of Political and Social Sciences, Universitat Pomepu Fabra. Previously, he has been working as post-doc research fellow at Bocconi University in Milan (Italy). He obtained a PhD in Applied Statistics from the University of Florence (Italy) in 2008 with a thesis titled “Causal inference for observational studies extended to a multilevel setting. The impact of fertility on poverty in Vietnam”. The thesis was awarded by the Italian Statistical Society the price as the best thesis in Applied Statistics 2007/2008. His main research interests are in the areas of causal inference and multilevel models and their application in the socio-demographic field. He currently coordinates the activities related to the project “European Social Survey – Data for a Changing Europe (DACE)” for which the Research and Expertise Center on Survey Methodology (RECSM) of the Universitat Pomepu Fabra is responsible.
Dorothée Behr is a researcher at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany. She was a member of the Central Coordinating Team of the European Social Survey (ESS) and of the International Consortium of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC). This work included involvement in comparative questionnaire design, drafting of translation guidelines and providing translation support to countries. Currently, she is involved in item development for PISA 2015 and in a research project that applies cognitive interviewing techniques to cross-national web surveys with the overall aim to assess item comparability in cross-national research.
Ms. Behr holds a diploma in translation studies from the University of Heidelberg. She received her doctorate in translation studies from the University of Mainz in 2009. In her dissertation, she studied the team translation approach in questionnaire translation. Her research interests include survey translation, cultural aspects in comparative survey research, web survey design, and cross-cultural probing.
Kristen Cibelli received her Bachelor of Arts degree in International Relations from Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. Following her B.A. degree, she worked in the area of international human rights. She assisted advocates in the collection, management and analysis of data about human rights abuses in countries including Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Thailand (for Burma). She returned to graduate school earning her Masters of Science degree from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology from the University of Maryland at College Park. Kristen is currently a second year PhD student at the Michigan Program in Survey Methodology and serves as a Graduate Student Research Assistant at the Institute for Social Research’s Survey Research Operations. Her research interests include cross-cultural survey research, interviewer respondent interaction, and the application of survey methods in challenging contexts such as post conflict or post disaster and in low development countries.
Lauren Doerr is a Senior Survey Director at NORC at the University of Chicago, where she is currently the Project Director for the General Social Survey (GSS). She has served in a variety of roles in nearly all stages of the survey process in nearly ten years at NORC, and has been intimately involved with data collection on the ground for numerous international surveys. Lauren has also played a central role in developing and implementing training, interpretation and translation procedures for multilingual surveys at NORC, and serves as a point person for multilingual methodology issues. She holds a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Anthropology from Haverford College, and a M.A. in Social Psychology from the University of Chicago.
Brita Dorer is a researcher at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, specialized in the field of questionnaire translation. She is currently heading the translation team of the European Social Survey. Her scientific interests are the evaluation and quality enhancement of questionnaire translation and adaptation, translatability of source questionnaires / advance translations, intercultural aspects of questionnaire translation. She is currently preparing a PhD on advance translations carried out in order to improve translatability of survey questionnaires. She holds a degree in English, French and Italian translation studies from Johannes-Gutenberg-University Mainz, FTSK Germersheim, where she also worked as a freelance lecturer for English-to-German and French-to-German translation. She has been involved in translating survey questionnaires into German, such as ESS, ISSP, PIAAC and SHARE.
Brad Edwards is a Vice President and Deputy Area Director at Westat in Rockville, Maryland just outside Washington, DC. He works on household and establishment surveys in long-term care, health care costs, and tobacco use, has management responsibility for the area that houses the PISA and PIAAC studies, and he’s co-chairing a 2015 International conference on total survey error. He co-edited the 2010 monograph Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional, and Multicultural Contexts (Janet Harkness, lead editor), and is currently co-editing another book, Hard-to-Survey Populations (Roger Tourangeau, lead editor) following the Hard-to-Reach conference he co-chaired in New Orleans last year.
Michèle Ernst Stähli
Michèle Ernst Stähli is currently in charge of the group “International Surveys” at FORS (organizing namely the ESS, ISSP, SHARE and EVS) and the Swiss Coordinator for the ESS. She is perfectly fluent in all national languages (F,D,I) and in English, a major advantage in supervising surveys in this multilingual country. Her career combines over 15 years of substantial academic research (PhD in sociology of work) and teaching of methodology for social sciences, and several years of experience as project manager of scientific surveys at a field agency in Switzerland. Her current methodological research focuses on the quality of different sample frames, the effect of incentives, non-response bias and mixing modes.
Rory Fitzgerald has been a member of the ESS Core Scientific Team (CST) since 2004 and became ESS Director in 2012. He plays a leading role in the design, management, and overall coordination of the ESS, and directs the CST. His key expertise is in cross-national survey methodology, with a focus on questionnaire design, pre-testing, and non-response. He also played a key role in developing the application for ESS to become a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC).
Daniel Fredriksson is a Research assistant at SOFI, the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University. Daniel works daily with the SCIP/SPIN database performing coding and analysis on the four major social insurance programs included in SCIP (old age pensions, benefits in the cases of sickness, unemployment and work accidents) and the subsequent extension that is the Social Policy Indicator Database (SPIN) which will include also information and data on services such as childcare and elderly-care.
Peter Granda is Assistant Director for Collection Development at the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) located at the University of Michigan and also is the Director of the Health and Medical Care Archive (HMCA), the official data archive of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He has interests in the creation and use of comparative and harmonized data collections and also acts as Director of Data Processing for the National Survey of Family Growth and as Co-Principal Investigator of the Integrated Fertility Survey Series. Along with colleagues at GESIS in Cologne, he established a partnership to process and distribute the Eurobarometer surveys for secondary analyses.
He has a long association with the cultures of South Asia where he spent several years of study in the southern part of the Indian subcontinent and holds a Ph.D. in History from the University of Michigan.
Mengyao (Maggie) Hu
Mengyao Hu is in her second year of study within the master program in Survey Methodology at the University of Michigan. In addition to her studies, she works as a research assistant within Survey Research Operations in the Survey Research Center. Her current research focuses on measurement errors in cross-cultural surveys. Since 2011 she worked as a quantitative analyst for Survey of Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Lifespan which was conducted in Baltimore. Ms. Hu recently completed an internship with Measurement Science Group (Center of Innovation) at the Nielsen Company, where she worked as a project manager for mobile survey research.
Timothy P. Johnson
Timothy P. Johnson is Director of the Survey Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). He is also Professor of Public Administration and Research Professor of Public Health at UIC, where he is responsible for teaching courses in survey methodology and data analysis. His personal research has focused on cultural and other sources of measurement and nonresponse errors in surveys, and the social epidemiology of health behaviors. Johnson earned his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Kentucky in 1988. He currently also serves as Vice Chair for UIC’s Social and Behavioral Institutional Review Board, as Deputy Director for Evaluation & Tracking of UIC’s Center for Clinical Translational Sciences, and as President of the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research and current Associate Standards Chair for AAPOR, the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
Jennifer Kelley is a Research Area Specialist at the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. She splits her time between the International Unit and Survey Research Operations in the Program Design and Management Group. Jennifer is involved with several large surveys, including the World Mental Health Survey in Saudi Arabia and the National Survey of Family Growth. Jennifer received her Master’s degree in Survey Methodology from the University of Michigan. Her operational interests include surveys conducted in international settings, particularly those in developing or transitional countries, and populations affected by disaster. Jennifer’s methodological research interests are measurement issues in cross-cultural surveys and interviewer and respondent behavior.
Nicole Kirgis is a Survey Director in the Survey Research Operations unit of the University of Michigan’s Survey Research Center, where she is currently directing the National Survey of Family Growth (NSFG). In addition, she provides consultation and training on data collection operations to international researchers. Her international work includes providing training and consultation to the Institute for Social and Environmental Research in Chitwan, Nepal, providing consultation to the Institute of Social Science Survey at Peking University for the Chinese Family Panel Studies and China Mental Health Study, and training on the Health and Retirement Study (HRS) in Japan. She was on the initial development teams for the World Mental Health Survey and the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE). She holds a BA in Social Relations from Michigan State University and is a master’s student in the Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Michigan.
Since January 2012, Lennard works at CentERdata as a scientific programmer. He studied cognitive psychology and medicine at Maastricht University. He also holds a bachelor’s degree in artificial intelligence from the University of Amsterdam. After his graduation at TNO on the use of online communication and ambient intelligence in support of transmural care, Lennard worked two years at Philips on applied research in the field of healthcare IT architecture. Prior to joining CentERdata, he worked for an organization that develops online CRM software and online knowledge environments for educational institutes. His work focused on e-learning environments, online benchmarking, user interface design and online surveys. In various other projects, Lennard worked extensively with large amounts of data, data analysis and online communities.
Sunghee Lee is Assistant Research Scientist at the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Her research interest includes measurement and sampling issues for data collection with rare populations, including racial, ethnic, and linguistic minorities. Currently, she is examining inferences with respondent-driven sampling data and cultural influences on survey measurements among the US Latino population.
Oliver Lipps, PhD, is head of the methodological research program at FORS – the Swiss Centre of Expertise in the Social Sciences, Lausanne – and member of the Swiss Household Panel (SHP) team. In addition, he is lecturer in survey methodology and survey research at the Institute of Sociology at the University of Basel (Switzerland). He has been working on methodological issues in panel data since 1995. He has published a number of articles on data quality issues in cross-sectional and longitudinal designs, using data from, e.g., the Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE), the Swiss Labor Force Survey (LFS), the European Social Survey (ESS), and the Swiss Household Panel (SHP).
Lars Lyberg, Ph.D., is former Head of the Research and Development Department at Statistics Sweden and currently Professor Emeritus at the Department of Statistics, Stockholm University. He is the founder of the Journal of Official Statistics (JOS) and served as Chief Editor for 25 years. He is chief editor of Survey Measurement and Process Quality (Wiley, 1997) and co-editor of Survey Methods in Multinational, Multiregional, and Multicultural Contexts (Wiley, 2010), Telephone Survey Methodology (Wiley, 1988) and Measurement Errors in Surveys (Wiley, 1991). He is co-author of Introduction to Survey Quality (Wiley, 2003). He chaired the Leadership Group on Quality of the European Statistical System and chaired the Organizing Committee of the first European Conference on Quality in Official Statistics, Q2001. He is former president of IASS and former chair of the ASA Survey Methods Section. He is a fellow of the American Statistical Association and the Royal Statistical Society. He received the 2012 Waksberg Award.
Since 2004, Maurice has worked with CentERdata as a scientific software developer. He studied Applied Mathematics and Knowledge Engineering. He has a Master’s degree in Business Mathematics. Before joining CentERdata he was involved in developing mobile games. Maurice has extensive experience with various programming languages and environments. He focuses on web-based systems. Maurice is involved in several CentERdata projects, developing customized solutions for online web questionnaires to supporting large international studies and projects (SHARE, Understanding Society, Dasish). He is responsible for the desgin and development of the LMU; an online environment for managing translations for large multilingual studies in multiple modes. The LMU is currently being upgraded to also support the ESS translation process.
Peter Ph Mohler
Peter is owner and Chief Consultant of Comparative Survey Services (COMPAS) and honorary professor at Mannheim University. He is the former director of ZUMA, Mannheim, where he was also head of the European Centre for Comparative Surveys (ECCS) , PI of the German General Social Survey (ALLBUS) and of the German part of the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP). He was ISSP Secretary 1991-1997 and a founding senior member of the ESS Central Scientific Team till 2008. He has served on the German Data Forum (RATSWD), the board of the Leibniz Gemeinschaft and as speaker of the Methods Committee of the German Sociological Association. His major research interests are comparative survey methodology, knowledge management, and computer-assisted text analysis. He is co-editor of Cross-Cultural Survey Methods (John Wiley, 2003) and Surveys in Multinational, Multiregional and Contexts (John Wiley, 2010). Together with colleagues of the ESS Central Coordinating Team, he received the European Descartes Prize in 2005. He read sociology at Frankfurt and Giessen where he received his Doctorate. From Frankfurt he received the venia legendi for Sociology.
Beth-Ellen Pennell is the Director of International Operations at the Survey Research Center, Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan. Ms. Pennell has more than 30 years of experience in survey research operations and methods including the design and conduct of large-scale comparative surveys. She has been with ISR since 1989 and was Director of Survey Operations for 10 years. Ms. Pennell also serves as the Director of the Data Collection Coordination Center for the World Mental Health Survey Initiative, a joint project of the World Health Organization, Harvard University and the University of Michigan. In this position, Ms. Pennell coordinates the technical support and oversees the implementation of the data collection activities for these general population epidemiological studies in more than 30 countries. She has presented, published and taught on survey research techniques and cross-cultural research. She is one of the editors for Surveys in Multinational, Multiregional and Contexts (John Wiley, 2010) and one of the lead editors for the Cross-cultural Survey Guidelines http://ccsg.isr.umich.edu, a comprehensive guide to the conduct of cross-national and cross-cultural survey research. Ms. Pennell received her Master’s Degree in Applied Social Research at the University of Michigan in 1997.
Isabelle Renschler is a political scientist by training with a PhD from the Swiss Federal Institute on Technologies in Lausanne (EPFL). She is a senior researcher at FORS and has been working on methodological issues related to cross-cultural surveys and language issues, and is coordinating institutional networking.
Silke Schneider is head of the knowledge transfer department and researcher at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences. Her area of specialisation is the measurement of educational attainment in cross-national surveys. After studying Sociology, Psychology and Philosophy at the University of Cologne, she completed her doctorate on this topic at Nuffield College, Oxford. Subsequently, she consulted the European Social Survey (ESS) on how to improve the measurement of education in the ESS. This involved an international consultation process with all ESS countries and close documentation by NSD, Norway. At GESIS, Silke Schneider coordinates the GESIS Research Methods Training programme, e.g. the GESIS Summer School in Survey Methodology.
Evi Scholz is a researcher at GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences, Germany. She works for the International Social Survey Programme (ISSP), where she is responsible for the German survey and serves as member of the ISSP methodology committee and convener of the ISSP methods work group on demography. This work includes drafting ISSP source questionnaires, evaluating and improving the quality of the ISSP background variables and implementing the German ISSP surveys.
Evi Scholz graduated in political science, modern, social and economic history at the University of Mannheim. She received her doctorate in the social sciences from the University of Gießen. She is mainly interested in cross-national survey design and in the measurement of background variables.
Alisú Schoua-Glusberg is a cultural/linguistic anthropologist (Ph.D., Northwestern U. 1985) and has worked in survey research since 1984. As a survey researcher she has used qualitative techniques for improving questionnaire design, including focus groups, cognitive interviews and ethnographic interviews, specializing in the use of these techniques with Hispanics in the US. She has pioneered new approaches to instrument translation, a topic on which she has written and presented widely. She has been responsible for design and implementation of data collection strategies and procedures in technically and technologically sophisticated longitudinal and cross-sectional surveys, at NORC, Harvard University, Metro Chicago Information Center and IMPAQ International. She consults internationally on survey data quality and impact evaluations, and has worked in projects in Turkey, Mexico, the Georgian Republic, and currently in Senegal and Burkina Faso. She is Principal at Research Support Services Inc., which she founded in 1996.
Sebastian Sirén is a Research assistant at SOFI, the Swedish Institute for Social Research at Stockholm University. Sebastian works daily with the SCIP/SPIN database performing coding and analysis on the four major social insurance programs included in SCIP (old age pensions, benefits in the cases of sickness, unemployment and work accidents) and the subsequent extension that is the Social Policy Indicator Database (SPIN) which will include also information and data on services such as childcare and elderly-care.
Tom W. Smith is an internationally recognized expert in survey research specializing in the study of societal change and survey methodology. He is Director of the Center for the Study of Politics and Society at the National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago. Since 1980 he has been a principal investigator of the National Data Program for the Social Sciences and director of its General Social Survey (GSS). He is also co-founder and former Secretary General (1997-2003) of the International Social Survey Program (ISSP). The ISSP is the largest cross-national collaboration in the social sciences.
Smith has taught at Purdue University, Northwestern University, the University of Chicago, Tel Aviv University, and the University of Cologne.
He was awarded the 1994 Worcester Prize by the World Association for Public Opinion Research (WAPOR) for the best article on public opinion, the 2000 and 2003 Innovators Awards of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), the 2002 AAPOR Award for Exceptionally Distinguished Achievement, the Eastern Sociological Society Award for Distinguished Contributions to Sociology in 2003, the Best Publication by an International Scholar, American Sociological Association Section on Global and Transnational Sociology, 2010 and the Warren E. Miller Award for Meritorious Service to the Social Sciences, ICPSR/University of Michigan, 2011. He is currently Past President of the World Association for Public Opinion Research.
Ineke Stoop is a senior researcher at The Netherlands Institute for Social Research/SCP. She is a member of the Core Scientific Team of the European Social Survey. Her key expertise is in cross-national survey methodology with a focus on nonresponse. She is a member of the European Statistical Advisory Committee (ESAC) and Scientific Secretary of the International Association of Survey Statisticians (IASS).
Greet Vermeylen is a research manager in Eurofound (the European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions) in Dublin since 2003. She is currently working on two European-wide surveys, the European Working Conditions Survey and on the European Company Survey (http://www.eurofound.europa.eu/surveys/index.htm). Previous to working in Eurofound, she was working in DG Employment and Social Affairs the European Commission and for a taskforce during the Belgian Presidency of the European Union dealing with social protection issues. She studied at the KULeuven, LUISS (Rome), ULB (Brussels), and at the European University Institute (Florence).
Sally Widdop has been working for the Centre for Comparative Social Surveys at City University for seven years – first as a Research Assistant and as a Research Fellow (since 2010). She is heavily involved in the design, management and coordination of the European Social Survey (ESS) and is a member of the ESS Core Scientific Team. She is also involved in a wide range of activities related to the ESS including questionnaire design, pre-testing, fieldwork monitoring and has recently collaborated with SHARE colleagues on an EC FP7 project to develop enhanced fieldwork monitoring tools.
Hailemichael Gelaye, is a student at the master programme in survey methodology and official statistics at Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Science, department of statistics. She has a bachelor of science in statistics from Addis Ababa University. She is a member of the Ethiopian Statistical Association. She also worked as a data supervisor for Johns Hopkins University – Technical Support for the Ethiopian HIV/AIDS ART Initiative, in a program called Advanced Clinical Monitoring. She is currently working on her master thesis on quality assurance and quality control in multinational and multicultural surveys.
Diana Zavala is a survey methodologist, currently representing RECSM-UPF at the Core Scientific Team (CST) and at the Translation Expert Task Group of the European Social Survey (ESS). She has participated in the design and evaluation of the questionnaire of the ESS Round 6 and in the preparatory works of the ESS Round 5. Her current research line is on quality of survey data, analyzing the effects of minority languages in the reliability and validity of cross-cultural survey data. At RECSM she has also collaborated with Catalan survey agencies consulting in survey methodology. In her previous experience, she coordinated the electoral surveys of a national newspaper for the 2006’s Mexican presidential election. She collaborated as public opinion consultant at Mexican Senate. Diana has been consultant for World Health Organization (WHO) Barcelona Office on several projects in Turkey and Spain. Her research interests are survey methodology, MTMM experiments, structural equation modelling and questionnaire design. She is also interested in religious pluralism, identity politics and political radicalism.
Cornelia Züll is a researcher at GESIS (Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences) in the department “Survey Design and Methodology”. She works in the field of computer assisted text and content analysis. She supports academic survey researchers in computer-assisted text analysis, in the use of text analysis software and other data analysis methods. Her research focuses mostly on computer-assisted text analysis methods and application.