The 2014 International Total Survey Error Workshop (ITSEW 2014)

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 8:30am - Friday, October 3, 2014 - 3:30pm
Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center, Washington, DC


The 8th International Total Survey Error Workshop (ITSEW 2014) will take place from Wednesday, October 1 to Friday, October 3, 2014 at the Bureau of Labor Statistics Conference Center near Union Station in Washington DC. The theme of the 2014 workshop is Total Survey Error: Fundamentals and Frontiers.

Like previous ITSEWs, this year’s gathering seeks to foster an exchange of ideas and preliminary research findings toward a better understanding of total survey error. Participation in this year’s ITSEW will be particularly valuable for researchers planning to present invited or contributed papers at next year’s 2015 International Total Survey Error Conference (TSE2015). Participants can share ideas, receive valuable feedback, identify opportunities for collaboration, and plan sessions or joint presentations for TSE2015 to be held in September, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.

On Wednesday, October 1, the first day of the ITSEW, Paul Biemer of RTI International and the University of North Carolina will present a short course on the Total Survey Error Paradigm in Practice. This is a great opportunity to become familiar with this key perspective on survey methodology, or to learn about the state of current research and how it can be applied in practical survey situations.

On October 2 and 3, the workshop will feature presentations and posters exhibiting current research on multiple error sources and their interactions including: design trade-offs, minimization strategies, estimation and analysis issues, and methods for presenting and visualizing TSE results. Possible topics for the ITSEW 2014 sessions include, but are not limited to:

  • Design for and methods of estimating relationships between different sources of nonsampling error
  • Monitoring and reducing multiple survey errors (e.g., paradata applications)
  • Adaptive total designs that consider multiple errors
  • Errors in combinations of survey data with other data sources (administrative data, “Big Data”)
  • Trade-offs in longitudinal panels, multi-mode surveys, and data processing (e.g., editing, imputation)
  • Cost/error tradeoffs in surveys

The registration fee for ITSEW 2014 is $225.00 and includes the short course, both days of the workshop, materials and handouts, break refreshments, lunch on October 2 and 3, and a poster reception followed by dinner on the evening of October 2. **Persons interested in attending only the October 1 short course will be able to register for that in June if space allows.**

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Registration is closed.

Contact: if you have questions.


U. S. Census Bureau
National Institute of Statistical Sciences
RTI International


Paul Biemer (RTI International), Scott Fricker (BLS), Wendy Hicks (Westat), Alan Karr (NISS),
Peter Miller (Census; Chair), Mary Mulry (Census), Diane Willimack (Census).


Past ITSEW workshops