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Nonresponse from the Total Survey Error Perspective: An Overview

October 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Nonresponse from the Total Survey Error Perspective: An Overview


The Total Survey Error (TSE) paradigm embodies the best principles, strategies, and approaches for minimizing the survey error from all sources within time, costs, and other constraints that can be imposed on the survey. This approach can be viewed as resting on the four pillars of survey methodology: survey design, implementation, evaluation, and data analysis. This course provides an overview of the TSE paradigm as it applies to one critical source of error: nonresponse. Structured around these four pillars, the course presents the best methods and lessons learned for dealing with nonresponse in survey, data collection, data analysis and evaluation. The survey focuses particularly on the interactions of response mechanism with other error sources and how nonresponse interventions can lead to unintended consequences for TSE.

Instructor: Paul Biemer

Paul Biemer holds a joint appointment with the Odum Institute and RTI International, where he is a Distinguished Fellow. He also holds adjunct faculty appointments in the University of Maryland Joint Program for Survey Research and in the University of Michigan Survey Research Center. Biemer has more than 35 years of experience in survey methods and statistics. He specializes in evaluating survey quality and is a leading expert on statistical modeling, analysis, and interpretation of survey results. Biemer has a Ph.D. in statistics from Texas A&M University. His research interests include: Measurement error in surveys; nonsampling error modeling and estimation; general survey methodology and statistical methods. Biemer teaches several short courses for the program including: Introduction to Survey Quality, An Overview of Methods for Evaluating Survey Error, and Techniques for Modeling Survey Measurement Error.

This course will count as 4.0 CPSM short course credit hours.

To register, click here. Registrations will not be accepted on or after October 9, 2017.

Registration fees

  • CPSM Students: $30
  • UNC Students: $40
  • Others: $60

Cancellation/Refund Policy: A full refund will be given to those who cancel their registration no later than 10 days prior to the course. If you cancel within the 10 days prior to the class, no refund will be given. Please allow 30 days to receive your refund.

Waitlist/Walk-ins: There may be a waitlist for the courses. Walk-ins will not be accepted. Each attendee must register and pay prior to 3 days before the start of the course.


October 12, 2017
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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219 Davis Library
208 Raleigh Street
Chapel Hill, NC 27514 United States
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