Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research
Washington DC
Wednesday February 26 and Thursday February 27, 2020

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We have added the presentations to the agenda.

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As population-representative online panels become more prominent in economic, social science and health research, researchers and policymakers continue to explore new ways to further increase their quality and usefulness. The Center for Economic and Social Research launched the annual “Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research (CIPHER)” conference in 2019, to provide a platform for rigorous, time-sensitive and policy-relevant exchange on these issues.

We held our second CIPHER conference, 26-27 February 2020 in Washington, D.C. It was hosted by the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) . To watch videos from our inaugural event, click here for the past agenda and video links where available.

For the agenda and presentations for this year’s conference, click here. To view this year’s speakers’ bios, click here.

This year, we are broadening the scope of the event to ensure inclusion of more international perspectives, and that voices from the policy, non-governmental and private sectors are more fully represented.

CIPHER 2020 will focus on new approaches to the design of probability-based Internet and mixed-mode panels, their applications in research and policy, and the potential and challenges ahead, specifically:

  • Survey methodology and practice
  • Data management and linkages
  • Developments in analysis techniques
  • Substantive applications of research
  • Combination of data collected with wearable devices with self-reports
  • Naturally occurring data
  • Experiments
  • Machine learning
  • Surveys on Financial Literacy

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker is Professor Annette Jäckle, Professor of Survey Methodology and Associate Director of Innovations for Understanding Society, University of Essex.

Presenters this year will be speaking about research using a range of online panels, including the Canada PROBIT panel, NORC’s AmeriSpeak panel, Ipsos’ KnowledgePanel,  the Dutch LISS panel, the UK Understanding Society panel, and CESR’s Understanding America Study, amongst others.


Please click here to register for the event. Registration and attendance for the conference is free.

Abstract Submissions

The call for abstracts is now closed.


The conference will take place on the 7th floor in the City View Room of the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW in Washington D.C.

The conference will not be broadcast or live streamed, but panel presentations and the keynote speech will be videotaped and posted online after the conference.


This conference has been made possible through funding from a grant partnership between the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration, with additional financial contributions from the FINRA Investor Educational Foundation.