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.