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 was replaced by a large, international conference on Nonresponse, held in Portland, Oregon. The idea to organize the conference was initiated at the 1995 Workshop. 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).
The recent location of conference were Bilbao, Spain, 2011; Ottawa, Canada, 2012; London, England, 2013. The 2014 conference will be in Reykjavik, Iceland, and will host its first keynote speaker. Special features of workshops in these years have innclued an extended session on recent changes to national Censuses, break-out groups with current interviewers, and a public panel debate on the topic of "Moving Beyond Response Rates"