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Dr. Benn Messer of Research Into Action part of team that won the 2017 Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award

Posted By Sara Titus, Thursday, May 25, 2017

Member of Local Research Firm on Team That Wins Prestigious National Research Award


Portland, OR (May 25, 2017) — This past weekend the American Association for Public Opinion Research presented the 2017 Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award at its 72nd Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana to a team led by Dr. Don A. Dillman of Washington State University. The team included Dr. Benn Messer of Portland, OR-based firm Research Into Action, as well as researchers from Texas Christian University, University of Utah, University of Nebraska, and Nielsen.


The Warren J. Mitofsky Award recognizes individuals, groups, and institutions who have produced seminal work in public opinion and survey research over the past decade. Current and past recipients have developed pioneering theories, ideas, applications, methodologies, and technologies that have shaped and advance these fields. Past recipients include Nate Silver, Founding Director and Editor in Chief of, Willem Saris of Pompeu Fabra University, Daniel Oberski of Tilburg University, and others.


AAPOR recognized Dr. Dillman’s team for their work developing a web-based data collection method that helps today’s researchers overcome the challenges imposed by emerging technologies and changing communication preferences. Their methodology is now being used by the U.S. Census Bureau and in many countries to conduct major surveys relevant to public policy decisions.


“Emerging technology has completely changed the way people communicate,” said Research Into Action President Dr. Jane Peters. “The work of Dr. Dillman, Benn, and the rest of their team has been essential to helping researchers like us continue to collect meaningful data and insights in the new digital economy.”


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