Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research 
March 9 - 10, 2023


In its fifth year, the annual Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research (CIPHER) Conference again offers a forum for exchange, dissemination and learning. As in previous years, the focus of the conference is on population-representative probability-based online panels, which enable us to paint an in-depth portrait of how people in the United States and other countries are doing.

For the first time this year, the conference will also offer the opportunity to participate in a data use workshop for those interested in learning more about USC’s Understanding America Study (UAS). The UAS is a probability-based online panel of over 9,000 households in the US, managed by the Center for Economic and Social Research at USC. The workshop is open to all and will be held on March 8

The annual 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 fifth 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.

This 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;
  • Contextual data
  • Naturally occurring data;
  • Machine learning.

Location and Format

The fourth CIPHER Conference will take place on 8 - 10 March 2023, 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 250-word abstract;
  • 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 (400-word abstract), as well as presenter names and paper titles. 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 2022.

The results of this call for proposals will be announced in early January 2023. 

Scientific Committee

Arie Kapteyn, Jill Darling, Marco Angrisani, and Francisco Perez-Arce (USC Center for Economic and Social Research).


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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