Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research 
Thursday, 3 March and Friday, 4 March 2022


As the world moves towards a new normal following the health, economic, and socio-political impact of COVID-19, one constant remains: the need for reliable, robust and timely information on individuals’ beliefs, behaviors, and situation.  Population-representative probability-based online panels are more critical than ever: they enable us to understand the problems facing households and communities right now, and to study the scope, type, duration, and distribution of the effects of the pandemic in the longer term.

The annual Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research (CIPHER) Conference continues to be the flagship platform for continued learning, offering an opportunity to connect with the global research community that uses this tool across a range of fields and disciplines. 

CIPHER’s fourth annual conference will again provide a venue for international researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to share lessons on developing, deploying, and using probably-based internet panel research. Dr. Frauke Kreuter, Co-director of the Social Data Science Center (SoDa) and faculty member in the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM) at the University of Maryland, will present the keynote address. 

Next year’s conference will include (but not be limited to) the following topics:

  • Transparency and best practices in probability-based panel recruitment and retention practices;
  • Survey methodology and practice; 
  • Experiments;
  • Data management and linkages;
  • Developments and analysis techniques;
  • Applications of research;
  • Combination of wearable devices data with self-reports;
  • Naturally occurring data;
  • Machine learning.

Location and Format

The fourth CIPHER Conference will take place on 3 - 4 March 2022, and will follow a hybrid model. Panelists and participants will be able to join us in person in Washington, DC or to attend virtually. Be on the lookout for more information on the venue and accommodations. 

Each panel will be an average of an hour-long with three or four presentations. 

Conference Registration and Fees

CIPHER is free to attend in-person or virtually, but registration is required. Register here.

Travel costs for out-of-town presenters to Washington DC will be covered by the conference. 

Submission Guidelines

Proposals for papers and panels are invited from all sectors in the field and will be evaluated anonymously by reviewers selected by the Conference Organizing Committee.

The following guidelines apply:

  • All submissions must focus on methodological or analytical aspects of probability-based internet panels;
  • Innovative or interactive formats are encouraged;
  • Please indicate in the submission if you will join in person or virtually; 
  • Paper proposals: Paper submissions must include a 400-word abstract;
  • New this year! Panel proposals: Instead of submitting an independent paper, you can also propose a set of three or four papers that together can form a panel. Panel submissions must include a rationale describing the panel’s fit and contribution to the conference, as well as short bios for each panelist. Suggested panelists must have agreed to participate in the Conference. Should one or more panelists be unable to participate, the Conference Organizing Committee reserves the right to substitute the panelist(s), or merge or cancel panels. 

Submit a paper or panel

The deadline for paper and panel proposals is December 1st 2021.

The results of this call for proposals will be announced in early January 2022. 


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

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