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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Committee on National Statistics
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education

Developing a Methodological Research Program for Longitudinal Studies:
A Workshop

June 5-6, 2017

An ad hoc steering committee will organize a 2-day, public workshop on developing a methodological research program for longitudinal studies of the kinds supported by the National Institute on Aging (NIA). The workshop will contribute to the NIA strategic objective to “support the development of population-based data sets, especially from longitudinal studies, suitable for analysis of biological, behavioral, and social factors affecting health, well-being, and functional status through the life course.”

The workshop will build on a prior CNSTAT expert meeting for NIA that discussed methods to reduce costs and respondent burden in longitudinal studies without adverse effects on data quality. Topics to be reviewed at the workshop may include: the use of alternative interview modes, multimodal approaches, and innovative designs for communication with study participants and administration of interviews; expanding the use of linkages to administrative and private sector data to add to or replace questionnaire content; optimizing the periodicity and content of current instruments for NIA-supported longitudinal studies; and developing more effective incentives to encourage study participation and reduce the number of contacts per respondent.

The workshop will also discuss ways to facilitate sharing of information, lessons learned, survey questions or data structures, and personnel across longitudinal studies so that the field advances in the application of state-of-the-art methods across the board. A rapporteur will prepare a brief workshop proceedings. 

Workshop Proceedings – in Brief

Workshop Information

Dates: Monday, June 5 ─ Tuesday, June 6, 2017

The Keck Center of the National Academies
500 Fifth Street NW
Washington, DC 20001



Adding Contextual Data to Longitudinal Studies of Aging: Opportunities and Challenges
Jennifer Ailshire, University of Southern California

Alternatives to Periodic Data Collection
Marco Angrisani, Arie Kapteyn, and Swaroop Sarek (all at University of Southern California)

Consent and Confidentiality for Linked Data
Nancy Bates, U.S. Census Bureau

Efforts to Reduce Nonresponse in the National Center for Education Statistics Longitudinal Studies
Chris Chapman, National Center for Education Statistics

New Interview Modes and Mixed Mode Data Collection to Reduce Respondent Burden and Increase Participation
Mick P. Couper, University of Michigan

Panel Costs
Brad Edwards, Westat

Innovations in Federal Statistics: Combining Data Sources While Protecting Privacy
Brian Harris-Kojetin, Committee on National Statistics

Social Conditions and the Gut Microbiome
Pamela Herd, Federico Rey, and Kim Dil-McFarland (all at University of Wisconsin-Madison)

What Can We Learn from the Understanding Society Innovation Panel?
Annette Jäckle, University of Essex, UK

Methodological Issues for Longitudinal Studies
Graham Kalton, Westat

Remote Sensing Opportunities for Unobtrusive Data Collection
Jeffrey Kaye, Oregon Center for Aging and Technology/Portland Veteran Affairs Medical Center

Thoughts on Periodicity Research Based on the NLS
Randall J. Olsen, The Ohio State University

Record Linkages in Project Talent
Kelly Peters, American Institutes for Research

Measuring Sleep and Activity (Cycles) Using Wrist Actigraphy
Phil Schumm, Diane Lauderdale, and Megan Huisingh-Scheetz (all at University of Chicago)

Cost Considerations and Cost Effectiveness Measures Specific to Longitudinal Studies
Stephen Smith, NORC

Research Needs on Panel Conditioning Effects
Rob Warren, University of Minnesota, and Andrew Halpern Manners, Indiana University

Steering Committee Members

James S. Jackson (chair), Russell Sage Foundation and University of Michigan
Maria Glymour, University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine
Robert M. Hauser, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Annette Jäckle, University of Essex Institute for Social and Economic Research
Colm A. O’Muircheartaigh, University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy

Member Bios

Project Staff

Krisztina Marton, Study Director
Anthony Mann, Program Associate


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