WAPOR 73rd Annual Conference and
WAPOR LATAM 9th Congress
6-10 October 2020 ● Virtual Conference

WAPOR Program
Sesiones LATAM Programa


Virtual Conference Format

The conference was a combination of asynchronous and synchronous, allowing participants to view pre-recorded presentations beginning on October 1 and then joining the assigned session times as part of a LIVE meeting for discussion with session paper authors and other interested participants during the dates of the conference, October 6-10.

WAPOR LATAM registrants viewed the presentations within the panels, as those sessions allowed enough time to view both the presentations and hold discussions in the WAPOR LATAM Sessions


Conference Theme: Public Opinion and Survey Research in Changing Times

Effective public policy, informed by public opinion research, is an inevitable part of Global Sustainable Development Programs that are shared and targeted by many countries. The economic and social development of any society is not possible without careful monitoring of the key indicators which are often estimated based on national surveys. This year, WAPOR highlights the role and application of survey research in monitoring public opinion in a changing environment. In doing so, we recognize the ongoing revolution in survey data analysis that has been prompted by the development of machine learning, artificial intelligence and big data availability. Information security, new approaches to data collection, and progress in online survey research, stimulate both academics and practitioners to explore new approaches to integrating these resources into their assessment of public opinion.

Conference topics included:

  • Public opinion and survey research
  • Survey research application
  • Public opinion and policy making
  • Panel, longitudinal and national monitoring surveys in policy making
  • New technologies and national surveys: challenges in the changing times
  • New sources of information on public opinion and the use of social media
  • Political behavior, participation and culture in survey research
  • Methodological challenges and improvements in the areas of sampling, measurement, survey design and survey response or non-response
  • Challenges of comparative research and International Survey Projects
  • Cross-cultural concerns in data collection and measurement issues
  • News, media, journalism and public opinion
  • Qualitative research in changing times
  • Big data, sentiment analysis and machine learning
  • Digitalization of societies and usage of new sources of information in survey research
  • Data visualization, new technologies and online surveys
  • Best practices for stakeholder research and expert surveys