Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research 
Thursday, 4 March and Friday, 5 March 2021


2020 has turned out to be an extraordinary year of global health, economic and geopolitical crisis, shattering everyday routines and future expectations across all levels of society. Timely and reliable information on rapidly-changing beliefs and behavior is more important than ever.  As COVID-19 has rendered  face-to-face interviewing next to impossible while telephone response rates continue to decline,  population-representative probability-based internet panels have a key role to play in monitoring crucial developments and shaping the research and policy response. In turn, the heightened need for probability-based household internet panels leads to a renewed urgency for greater transparency, best practice lessons, and accountability in approaches to panel recruitment, retention, and management. 
It is therefore with great pleasure that we announce our third Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research (CIPHER) conference in 2021, to provide a platform for researchers to share challenges, opportunities, and successes. The third CIPHER conference will be entirely virtual and will take place on 4th and 5th March, 2021. Dr. Peter Lugtig, associate professor at the department of 'Methods and Statistics' at Utrecht University, will present the keynote address on "What Internet panel surveys can learn from the design of smartphone-app studies."
Although we do not exclude any topics a priori, we are especially interested in submissions on the following topics:
  • Transparency and best practices in probability-based panel recruitment and retention practices;
  • COVID pandemic and its effects;
  • Survey methodology and practice; 
  • Experiments;
  • Data management and linkages;
  • Developments in analysis techniques;
  • Applications of research;
  • Combination of wearable devices data with self-reports;
  • Naturally occurring data; and
  • Machine learning.



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

Abstract Submissions

Please click here to submit an abstract. Abstracts can be submitted through December 30, 2020 and applicants will be notified by January 15, 2021.


CIPHER 2021 will be held virtually on Zoom. We will provide more information closer to the date. 


This conference has been made possible through funding from a grant partnership between the National Institute on Aging and the Social Security Administration.