The International Total Survey Error Workshop (ITSEW) is an ongoing series of annual workshops modeled on the first one that was held in Washington, DC in March 2005. The purpose of ITSEW is to enable survey researchers, practitioners, and methodologists (especially in national statistics offices) who are interested in total survey error to meet on a regular basis to:
- Review progress on important TSE problems
- Define pressing current data quality problems in detail, and articulate a research agenda to address them
- Form research collaborations to carry out needed research
- Identify emerging research needs at an early stage
The ITSEW emphasizes current and future research gaps and complements existing venues for presenting the results of ongoing and completed research. It’s typically a 3-day affair with about 50-60 attendees. The ITSEW locations vary. In 2017, the ITSEW will take place at the Institute for Employment Research (IAB) in Nuremberg, Germany.
The topic of the 2017 edition will be "Combined data products from a TSE perspective".
Following the end of the main workshop on Wednesday, there will be a mini-workshop on Alternative Survey Interviewing Techniques: Best Practices Suggested by the Literature Wednesday afternoon. This mini-workshop will be organized by Brady T. West, Frederick G. Conrad (University of Michigan-Ann Arbor), and Frauke Kreuter (University of Maryland-College Park, University of Mannheim, and IAB). This workshop will review the literature on alternative survey interviewing techniques and discuss recommended best practices with invited representatives from various survey agencies across Europe. This mini-workshop will be open to all participants of the ITSEW.