My talk this Thursday at CDC, Tuesday, February 21, 2017, 12:00 noon, 2400 Century Center, Room 1015C:
Should the Problems with Polls Make Us Worry about the Quality of Health Surveys?
Response rates in public opinion polls have been steadily declining for more than half a century and are currently heading toward the 0% mark. We have learned much in recent years about the problems this is causing and how we can improve data collection and statistical analysis to get better estimates of opinion and opinion trends. In this talk, we review research in this area and then discuss the relevance of this work to similar problems in health surveys.
P.S. I gave the talk. There were no slides. OK, I did send along a subset of these, but I spent only about 5 minutes on them out of a 40-minute lecture, so the slides will give you close to zero sense of what I was talking about. I have further thoughts about the experience which I’ll save for a future post, but for now just let me say that if you weren’t at the talk, and you don’t know anyone who was there, then the slides won’t help.