Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research 
Washington DC 
Wednesday February 26 and Thursday February 27, 2020

As population-representative online panels become more prominent in economic, social science and health research, researchers and policymakers continue to explore new ways to further increase their quality and usefulness. The Center for Economic and Social Research launched the annual “Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research (CIPHER)” conference in 2019, to provide a platform for rigorous, time-sensitive and policy-relevant exchange on these issues.

We are thrilled to announced our second CIPHER conference, to take place on 26-27 February 2020 in Washington, D.C. It will be hosted by the Global Financial Literacy Excellence Center (GFLEC) . To watch videos from our inaugural event, click here for the past agenda and video links where available.

This year, we are broadening the scope of the event to ensure inclusion of more international perspectives, and that voices from the policy, non-governmental and private sectors are more fully represented.  

CIPHER 2020 will focus on new approaches to the design of probability-based Internet and mixed-mode panels, their applications in research and policy, and the potential and challenges ahead, specifically: 

  • Survey methodology and practice 
  • Data management and linkages
  • Developments in analysis techniques
  • Substantive applications of research 
  • Combination of data collected with wearable devices with self-reports
  • Naturally occurring data
  • Experiments
  • Machine learning
  • Surveys on Financial Literacy

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker is Professor Annette Jäckle, Professor of Survey Methodology and Associate Director of Innovations for Understanding Society, University of Essex


Please click here to register for the event. Registration and attendance for the conference is free.  


Abstract Submissions

Applications are being accepted for conference presentations. Please click here to submit your abstract. The application deadline for speakers is DECEMBER 30TH 2019. Applicants will be notified by JANUARY 15TH 2020. Travel expenses will be covered for accepted speakers.



The conference will take place on the 7th floor in the City View Room of the Elliott School of International Affairs, 1957 E Street NW in Washington D.C.



This conference has been made possible through funding from a grant partnership between the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration, with additional financial contributions from the FINRA Investor Educational Foundation.