New AAPOR Award Recognizes Research on Understudied Populations
Debuting at this year’s conference in Toronto, AAPOR will present the inaugural “Inclusive Voices” award.
AAPOR’s mission explicitly promotes the advancement of “the science and practice of survey and opinion research to give people a voice in the decisions that affect their daily lives.”
The democratic idea of researching the “voice” of the public is foundational to the art and science of our discipline. Importantly, the study of public opinion often overlooks, underweights, or ignores the voices of underserved, vulnerable, and minority populations, rendering the voices of many in society invisible. Far too often, researchers face limits related to questionnaire design, data collection and analysis, or statistical reporting due to the lack of sufficient understanding of best practices and innovations related to studying minority and underserved populations. Yet, when researchers do undertake good work, it is usually seminal and offers consequential value to survey research and public opinion.
Earlier this spring, AAPOR’s Executive Council established the “Inclusive Voices” award. This honor recognizes scholars/researchers, organizations, or institutions who have produced the important data sets, research, and survey methods that have improved the ability to study complex social phenomena related to understudied and underserved, and therefore under-voiced populations. These populations, including racial/ethnic minority groups, refugees and immigrants, LGBT persons, disabled persons, victimized populations, offenders re-entering society, children/youth/teens, impoverished communities, or other specific populations.
Eligibility requirements include that the research must: have been conducted in the past 20 years; explicitly focus on one or more underserved groups; and be tangible in the form of data, publications and topical reports (including media coverage), and more methodological reports of the study (to ensure quality review). The selection of the finalist will be evaluated based on the methodological rigor of the research; the extent to which the research involved members of the population under investigation; the novelty of the study (e.g., first ever, innovative methods); the extent to which members of the research have affiliation with AAPOR (via conference participation or membership); and evidence that the population(s) has (have) limited study.
Please join us in honoring research that demonstrates AAPOR’s commitment to recognizing outstanding research that honors our mission and supports diversity and inclusive excellence.