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

UAS Data Use Workshop
March 8, 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. See here for the workshop agenda

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. It is a venue for international researchers, practitioners, and policy-makers to share lessons on developing, deploying, and using probably-based internet panel research. Dr. Brady West, Research Professor in the Survey Methodology Program, located within the Survey Research Center at the Institute for Social Research on the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor, will deliver the keynote address "Moving from a national probability-based push-to-web survey to an online probability-based panel: What are the issues?" on the first day of the conference.

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 fifth CIPHER Conference will take place on 9 - 10 March 2023 (the workshop will be on March 8), 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. 


Be on the lookout for more information on the CIPHER agenda (March 9 - 10, 2023)

See here for the workshop agenda (March 8, 2023).

Conference Registration and Fees

CIPHER is free to attend in-person or virtually, but registration is required (register for the workshop as well). Register here

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

Scientific Committee

Arie Kapteyn, Jill Darling, Marco Angrisani, and Francisco Perez-Arce (USC Center for Economic and Social Research); and Angela Fontes (Financial Health Network).


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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