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Nora Cate Schaeffer
Faculty Director, University of Wisconsin Survey Center
4422 Sewell Social Sciences
Fax: (608) 262-8400
Sterling Hall, 475 N. Charter S, Madison WI 53706-1582t. Rm. 4304B
Nora Cate Schaeffer is Sewell Bascom Professor of Sociology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she also serves as Faculty Director of the University of Wisconsin Survey Center, teaches courses in survey research methods, and conducts research on questionnaire design and interaction during survey interviews. She currently serves as member of the Public Opinion Quarterly Advisory Board of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and of the General Social Survey Board of Overseers. She recently (2009) completed terms as the Council on Sections Representatives for the Survey Research Methods Section of the American Statistical Association and as a member of the Census Advisory Committee of Professional Associations. Her service for the National Research Council (NRC) includes the Panel on the Design of the 2010 Census Program of Evaluations and Experiments, the Committee on National Statistics, the Panel to Review Research and Development Statistics at the National Science Foundation, and the Panel to Evaluate Alternative Census Methods for the National Research Council. Other previous service includes the American Statistical Association Technical Advisory Committee on the Survey of Income and Program Participation; the Technical Review Committee for the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth; the National Science Foundation Advisory Committee for the Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences; and the governing Council of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. She has also served on the editorial boards of Public Opinion Quarterly, Sociological Methods and Research, and Sociological Methodology. Before receiving her doctorate from the University of Chicago (1984), she worked at National Opinion Research Center. In 2010 she was selected as a Fellow of the American Statistical Association.
For Survey Methods students: Resources for Research on Surveys and Survey Questions
Schaeffer, Nora Cate, Dana Garbarski, Jeremy Freese, and Douglas W. Maynard. 2013. "An Interactional Model of the Call for Survey Participation: Actions and Reactions in the Survey Recruitment Call." Public Opinion Quarterly. Link to this publication
Schaeffer, Nora Cate and Jennifer Dykema. 2011. "Questions for Surveys: Current Trends and Future Directions." Public Opinion Quarterly 75, 5: 909-961. Link to this publication
Schaeffer, Nora Cate and Jennifer Dykema. 2011. "Coding the Behavior of Interviewers and Respondents to Evaluate Survey Questions: A Response," in Question Evaluation Methods: Contributing to the Science of Date Quality, edited by Jennifer Madans, Kristen Miller, Aaron Maitland, and Gordon Willis. New York: Wiley and Sons.
Garbarski, Dana, Nora Cate Schaeffer, and Jennifer Dykema. 2011. "Are Interactional Behaviors Exhibited When the Self-Reported Health Question Is Asked Associated with Health Status?" Social Science Research, 40 (4, April): 1025-1036.
Maynard, Douglas W., Jeremy F. Freese. and Nora Cate Schaeffer. 2010. "Calling for Participation: Requests, Blocking Moves, and Rational (Inter)action in Survey Introductions." American Sociological Review, 75(5), 719-814. PMCID: PMC3116201
Schaeffer, Nora Cate and Jennifer L. Dykema. 2004. "A Multiple-Method Approach to Improving the Clarity of Closely Related Concepts: Distinguishing Legal and Physical Custody of Children." Pp. 475-502 in Methods for Testing and Evaluating Survey Questionnaires, edited by Stanley Presser, Jennifer M. Rothgeb, Mick P. Couper, Judith T. Lessler, Elizabeth Martin, Jean Martin, and Eleanor Singer. New York: Wiley.
Schaeffer, Nora Cate and Stanley Presser. 2003. "The Science of Asking Questions." Annual Review of Sociology, 29: 65-88. Link to this publication
Schaeffer, Nora Cate and Douglas W. Maynard. 2002. "Occasions for Intervention: Interactional Resources for Comprehension in Standardized Survey Interviews." In Standardization and Tacit Knowledge: Interaction and Practice in the Survey Interview, edited by Douglas W. Maynard, Hanneke Houtkoop-Steenstra, Nora Cate Schaeffer, and Johannes van der Zouwen. New York: Wiley.
Dykema, Jennifer and Nora Cate Schaeffer. 2000. "Events, Instruments, and Reporting Errors." American Sociological Review 65(4):619-29.
Schaeffer, Nora Cate. 2000. "Asking Questions about Sensitive Topics: A Selective Overview." Pp. 105-122 in Arthur A. Stone, Jaylan S. Turkkan, Christine A. Bachrach, Jared B. Jobe, Howard S. Kurtzman, and Virginia S. Cain, eds. The Science of Self-Report: Implications for Research and Practice. Mahwah, N.J.: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
Research Interest Statement:
My research interests are focused on measurement in social research surveys. Recent analyses have focused on the interaction between the interviewer and respondent in answering both standardized survey questions and also cognitive assessments conducted as part of a survey interview. Another project examines the request for survey participation. In both lines of work we examine measurement and recruitment as interactional phenomena. In addition, I continue to work with collaborators in issues of question design for survey interviews.