CIPHER is teaming up with MASS!

The sixth annual Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research (CIPHER) Conference was held jointly with the fifth annual Mobile Apps and Sensors in Surveys (MASS) workshop. Both annual meetings concentrated on innovations in survey research and pairing them provides unique opportunities to broaden the scope of both.

Program and Location

The joint conference took place March 6-8 in Washington D.C at the Fairmont Washington D.C. Kennedy Ballroom.

For videos of the presentation, see here.

For CIPHER agenda and speaker bios, please see here. For MASS Workshop agenda, please see here.

CIPHER Conference


CIPHER is always free to attend in-person or virtually, but registration is required. Online registration has now ended. However, you can still attend by emailing Tarra Kohli at


Dr. Andrew Mercer, from Pew Research Center, delivered the keynote address on March 8, entitled “From buggy whips to bogus respondents: Changing perspectives on data quality in online surveys.”

More Information

The annual CIPHER Conference continues to be the flagship platform for continued learning, offering an opportunity to connect with the global research community that uses this tool across a range of fields and disciplines. It is a venue for international researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to share lessons on developing, deploying, and using probability-based internet panel research.

As in previous years, the conference focused on the  innovations, challenges, and opportunities of population-representative probability-based online panels.

This year’s agenda focused on the following areas:

  • Transparency and best practices in probability-based panel recruitment and retention practices;
  • Survey methodology and practice;
  • Experiments;
  • Data management and linkages;
  • Developments and analysis techniques;
  • Applications of research;
  • Combination of wearable devices data with self-reports;
  • Contextual data
  • Naturally occurring data;
  • Machine learning.

UAS Data Use Workshop

Following the success of last year’s Understanding American Study (UAS) data use workshop, we are again offered the opportunity to participate in a half-day workshop, for those interested in learning more about the UAS panel and its data and data products. The data use workshop featured short presentations of studies that have used UAS data. The UAS is a probability-based online panel of over 13,000 households in the US, managed by the Center for Economic and Social Research at USC. Registration for the workshop is separate.

Scientific Committee

Arie Kapteyn, Jill Darling, Marco Angrisani, and Francisco Perez-Arce (USC Center for Economic and Social Research); and Jan Karem Höhne (MASS).


This conference has been made possible through funding from a grant partnership between the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration. The reception for all attendees is generously sponsored by FINRA Foundation.

Closed Captioning will be available.