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 have been: Ottawa, Canada, 2012; London, England, 2013; and Reykjavik, Iceland, 2014. Special features of the workshops during these years have included an extended session on recent changes to national Censuses, break-out groups with active interviewers, a public panel debate on the topic of "Moving Beyond Response Rates", and a special keynote by Dr. J. Michael Brick. For 2015, we welcome Dr. Roger Tourangeau as our keynote speaker and encourage participants to submit a paper to our special session, Addressing Nonresponse Bias during Fieldwork.
We consistently hold the Workshop during the first week of September. For example, the 2015 Workshop will take place Wednesday 2 September - Friday 4 September. So, please mark your calendar for that time each year and plan to join us!