Brief history

The International Workshop on Household Survey Nonresponse was founded in 1990 in Stockholm by Professor Robert Groves, Professor Lars Lyberg, and Dr. Bob Barnes.

Since then, the Workshop has been hosted by different countries each year. In 1999, the Workshop held a large, international conference on Nonresponse, held in Portland, Oregon.  A monograph was published after the conference, edited by Groves, R., Dillman, D. A., Eltinge, J. L., and Little, R. J. A. Survey Nonresponse (Wiley Series in Probability and Statistics).

Locations of recent conferences were:  Bilbao, Spain, 2011; Ottawa, Canada, 2012; and London, England, 2013. Special features of workshops in these years have included an extended session on recent changes to national Censuses, break-out groups with active interviewers, and a public panel debate on the topic of "Moving Beyond Response Rates". The 2014 conference will be in Reykjavik, Iceland, and will host its first keynote speaker.

We consistently hold the Workshop during the first week of September. For example, the 2014 Workshop will take place Tuesday 2 September - Thursday 4 September. So, please mark your calendar for that time each year and plan to join us!

Mission

The focus of the Workshop is nonresponse in household surveys. The main goal of the Workshop is to bring "adjusters" and "reducers" together and to initiate cooperation on different projects.

The Workshop facilitates the exchange of new ideas and collaboration between researchers actively involved in nonresponse research. In this spirit, the Workshop encourages participants to present work that is still in progress as well as novel approaches to nonresponse issues.

The Workshop is conducted in English. Registered users that are recent attendees have full access to materials from past workshops.