Call for Abstracts

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite your participation in the 31st Nonresponse Workshop, which will – hopefully- take place in Stockholm, Sweden, 13-15 October 2021. Hosts are Statistics Sweden and Stockholm University. We aim at having a FtF workshop, but we will determine the definite form in early summer.

The Nonresponse workshop will be organized back to back to a workshop by the university of Stockholm, where a number of the Workshop participants is invited to speak. To preclude unnecessary traveling, we came up with this solution.
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.

We are very pleased to announce that Peter Lynn has accepted our invitation to be our keynote speaker this year. His presentation is titled ‘Longitudinal Survey Nonresponse in the (Post-) Pandemic Era: Some Issues and Challenges’. In conjunction with this keynote event, we plan to have a special session on Nonresponse in Longitudinal surveys.

In addition, we would welcome contributions on topics like:

  • Survey fieldwork: what do you do to cope with lower response rates and changing devices?
  • We specifically reach out to people working on Adaptive or Responsive Survey Design as a means to combat nonresponse,
  • Hybrid forms of data collection, i.e. mixes of survey and big (sensor) data with the aim of reducing burden and nonresponse,
  • Asking respondents’ consent to using (their) big and administrative data and/or sensor data,
  • And we explicitly repeat our invitation to ‘adjusters’.

But ongoing work on any of the topics in the last years is welcome: efforts to improve response rates, interviewer behavior, push-to-web designs, smartphones and sensor data, data protection and research ethics, split questionnaire design, panel attrition, and many others.

If you would like to attend, please complete the online registration form at:

The online registration form will ask you to insert the text of your abstract and limit it to no more than 300 words.

Please submit your registration by 18 July 2021. Applicants will be notified of the acceptance of their abstracts by the end of July.

If you feel this invitation could be relevant for colleagues, please feel free to forward it.

As in previous years, we invite proposals for papers, posters, and panel sessions. These formats are described below.

  1. Papers
    Each author will submit a short paper (maximum of 5 pages) by the end of September. As this workshop is intended to provide a forum for nonresponse researchers to gather feedback and advice, each paper should conclude with a list of specific questions or points for discussion. Papers on research still in progress are highly encouraged. We also invite discussion as to the practical implications of the findings.
    The short papers will be disseminated to all attendees prior to the workshop so that the audience is prepared for the discussion. At the workshop, authors will have 10 minutes to highlight relevant aspects of the paper and motivate the discussion. A discussion of the authors’ questions and concerns will follow (approximately 10 minutes).
  2. Posters
    Whereas the papers presented at the workshop are primarily intended to invite discussion, posters are better suited for research projects that have been completed, outlining the research questions and results. Authors are given ample time to present their posters. Posters should be brought to the workshop in print. The recommended size is A0 (1189 x 841 mm; 46.8 x 33.1 in).
    NB posters are not well suited for an online environment. If we decide that the workshop will be virtual after all, we may ask you to change the format to a presentation.
  3. Panels
    Coordinators of a panel session should secure 3-5 panel members to discuss the topic or question. The coordinator of the session will introduce the topic as well as the panel members. The coordinator can choose the format for the panel. Two suggested formats are:
    a. Each member receives 5-10 minutes to discuss the topic according to their experience and research. After each has spoken, there is about 20-30 minutes for the audience to contribute and ask questions.
    b. The organizer (or other discussant) speaks for approximately 15 minutes, motivating the discussion and panel members are given the opportunity to add brief statements to supplement this introduction. Afterwards, the floor is open for the audience to contribute and ask questions (20-30 minutes).

Please consider which of the session formats fits best with your work or research question and submit your abstract by 18 July 2021. If the organizing committee feels that your proposal would fit better in a format different from what you have submitted, we will contact you. Please contact Annemieke ( if you have any difficulties with the registration process.

See you in Stockholm!

Annemieke Luiten, Statistics Netherlands
Anne Elevelt, Statistics Netherlands
Ingegerd Jansson, Statistics Sweden
Dan Hedlin, University of Stockholm