2015 International Total Survey Error Conference

Saturday, September 19, 2015 to Tuesday, September 22, 2015

TSE15 is an international conference focused on survey quality and the challenges of big data. The Total Survey Error concept summarizes the ways a survey estimate may deviate from the corresponding value in the population.

NISS is a co-sponsor of this event. NISS/SAMSI Affiliates may use funds from their Affiliate Award Fund to attend this conference.


Sunday, September 20

Contributed Paper Sessions I:

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Interactions of Survey Error and Ethnicity I
  • Interviewer Effects Across Error Sources
  • Nonresponse
  • Data Falsification: Who, Why and How to Detect It
  • Methods for Assessing and Integrating Solutions for Total Survey Error in a Large National Survey: The National Crime Victimization Survey
  • Coverage Error in Practice: Operational Issues for Measuring Frame Coverage of Demographic Surveys
  • Record Linkage

Contributed Paper Sessions II:

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

  • Errors in Panel Survey
  • Interviewer Effects Following the Total Survey Error Framework
  • Improving Survey Data Quality Under Total Survey Error Framework: Application to Two Surveys of U.S.   NSF – National Survey College Graduates (NSCG) and Survey of Doctorate Recipients (SDR)
  • The TSE Framework: Looking Back and Looking Forward
  • Infrastructure for the Use of Big Data to Understand TSE: Examples from Four Survey Research Organizations
  • Assessing Survey Response Error Using Administrative Records and Evaluating Administrative Records 
  • Coverage

Plenary Session I:

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Colm O’Muircheartaigh, PhD
University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and a Senior Fellow at NORC

Attendee Cocktail Reception

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.

Monday, September 21

Plenary Session II:

9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Abe Usher, MS
Chief Technology Officer of HumanGeo

Contributed Paper Sessions III:

1:30 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Nonresponse and Measurement Error I
  • Errors in Web Surveys as the Main Mode
  • Data Harmonization
  • Mixed Mode Surveys
  • Errors in Establishment Surveys
  • Applying TSE Framework to Comparative Surveys I • Coverage and Nonresponse

Contributed Paper Sessions IV:

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

  • Nonresponse and Measurement Error II • Error Sources in Web Surveys
  • Classification and Editing
  • Errors in Surveys on Mobile Devices
  • Estimating and Adjusting Survey Errors in Mixed- Mode Data, Part I
  • Applying TSE Framework to Comparative Surveys II • Analytic Error

Tuesday, September 22

Contributed Paper Sessions V:

9:30 – 11:30 a.m.

  • Interactions of Survey Error and Ethnicity II
  • Estimating Total Survey Error
  • Measurement Error
  • Does Big Data Mean Lower Quality Data?
  • Dealing With Nonsampling Error in PIAAC
  • Uses of Geographic Information Systems Tools in Survey Data Collection and Analysis
  • Paradata and Responsive Design

Contributed Paper Sessions VI:

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.

  • Nonprobability Sampling Methods from a Total Survey Error Perspective
  • Teaching TSE and Big Data: Presentations and Roundtable Discussion
  • Survey Innovations in a Total Survey Error Context
  • Big Data from TSE Perspective
  • Estimating and Adjusting Survey Errors in Mixed- Mode Data, Part II
  • Adaptive Design

Event Type


TSE15 Conference


NISS is a co-sponsor of this event


Before June 15 - $450
June 16 - September 9 - $600
After September 9 and On Site -$700



Renaissand Harborplace Hotel
202 East Pratt Street
United States