Past Policy Impact Award Winners

The AAPOR Policy Impact Award was developed to acknowledge that a key purpose of opinion and other survey research is to facilitate better-informed decisions. The award recognizes outstanding research that has had a clear impact on improving policy decisions, practice and discourse, either in the public or private sectors.

Nomination details

2023 – The National Health and Aging Trends Study (NHATS) and the National Study of Caregiving (NSOC)

2022 – COVID-19 Trends and Impact Survey (CTIS)

2021 – Feeding America for the Map the Meal Gap Project

2020 – U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics and U.S. Census Bureau for the production of the Supplemental Poverty Measure resources, thresholds, and poverty statistics

2019 – U.S. Census Bureau for the American Community Survey

2018 – The National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being Project

2017 – The International Tobacco Control Policy Evaluation Project

2016 – Urban Institute for the Health Reform Monitoring Survey

2015 – The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation for the Kaiser Health Tracking Polls

2014 – The U.S. Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) and its contractors: RTI International, Westat, NORC and the U.S. Census Bureau for their work on the National Prison Rape Statistics Program.

2013 – John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development of Rutgers University for its Work Trends series of panel surveys chronicling the plight of unemployed Americans in the Great Recession.

2012 – State Health Access Data Assistance Center (SHADAC) at the University of Minnesota for the work done over a 10-year period to improve the federal data survey infrastructure to make data more accessible to inform state health policy.

2011 – U.S. Department of Defense Comprehensive Review Working Group, RAND Corporation Survey Team and Westat Survey Team in recognition for their survey work which helped inform the Senate debate that led to the repeal of the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” policy.

2010 –  ABC News and Its International Media Partners BBC, ARD German TV, NHK General TV, Time Magazine, USA Today, Der Spiegel in recognition of their extraordinary series of polls in Afghanistan and Iraq on “Where Things Stand.”

2008 – Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS) Team, a part of the federal government’s Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality

2006 – UCLA Center for Health Policy Research and its partners, the California Department of Health Services and the Public Health Institute – California Health Interview Survey

2005 – RAND Corporation – The HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study

2004 – The Urban Institute – Assessing the New Federalism Project