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Paradata: From survey research to practiceEvent

10:30 - 17:00, 26 June 2014
Royal Statistical Society 12 Errol Street London EC1Y 8LX United Kingdom
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For more information regarding this event, please telephone Dr Olga Maslovskaya on +44 (0)23 8059 4298 or email .

Event details

The event is a one day conference on paradata, held at the Royal Statistical Society in London. This conference is free but registration is required as places are limited.

Survey paradata has received increasing attention in recent years. Paradata may be defined as information about the survey data collection process. Typical examples are keystroke files, capturing the navigation through a questionnaire, time stamps, reflecting the length of a question–answer sequence, data from call records or contact attempts, interviewer observations about a sampled household or neighbourhood, and recordings of vocal properties of the interviewer and respondent. Survey practitioners aim to use paradata for the improvement of survey designs and processes, in particular in adaptive and responsive survey designs.

The conference will see a mixture of presentations and contributions from discussants.   

The event is organised as part of an ESRC research grant on 'The Use of Paradata (Field Process Data) in Cross-Sectional and Longitudinal Surveys' (RES-062-23-2997) (grant holders: Gabriele Durrant, Peter Smith and Frauke Kreuter), and is organised jointly with the Social Statistics Section of the Royal Statistical Society.

Programme (List of abstracts can be found in 'useful downloads' at the bottom of this page):

10.30-11.00 Registration and coffee
11.00-12.40 Presentations – Session One

Gabriele Durrant – Welcome and Introduction (including overview over ESRC paradata research project) Presentation

Olga Maslovskaya, Gabriele Durrant, Peter W.F. Smith – Sequence analysis as a graphical tool for investigating call record data Abstract Presentation

Gabriele Durrant, Olga Maslovskaya, Peter W.F. Smith – Modelling final outcome and length of call to improve efficiency in call scheduling Abstract Presentation

Frauke Kreuter, Fred Conrad, Jose Benki, Alexandra Birg, Susanne Hüttinger and Helmut Küchenhoff - Use of paradata derived from vocal properties of interviewers and respondents in researching survey participation Abstract Presentation
12.40-13.40 Lunch
13.40-15.20 Presentations – Session Two - Discussant: Peter Lynn

Natalie Shlomo - Using R‐indicators for adaptive follow‐up in longitudinal studies Abstract Presentation

Barry Schouten - Using paradata to identify response styles and respondent profiles for adaptive survey design Abstract Presentation

Patrick Sturgis, Gosia Turner, and David Martin - Using response latency paradata to evaluate indicators of data quality Abstract Presentation
15.20-15.50 Tea/Coffee
15.50-17.20 Presentations – Session Three – Discussant: Patrick Sturgis

Mario Callegaro - Using paradata to improve the quality of web surveys. Some examples and applications Abstract Presentation

Ulrich Krieger and Annelies Blom - Collecting and publishing paradata on the German Internet Panel Abstract Presentation
17.30 Formal End of Conference

After the event, there will be an opportunity to socialise with presenters and discussants in a close-by pub.

Key Dates: 

  • Presenters to send their papers to organisers ( by 23th May 2014
  • Registration for the event closes on 25 June 2014
  • Presenters to send their presentations to organisers (  by 19th June 2014
  • Event at RSS: 26th June 2014

To register for this event, please follow the link at the bottom of this page.

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