Previous events

Previous ASC events

Raising The Bar: the nuts and bolts of automation in survey research

One-day conference, Thursday 9th November 2017 at ORT House, 126 Albert Street, London, UK

Satisfaction Guaranteed? The Challenges of Automation in Survey Research

One-day conference, Thursday 11th May 2017 at ORT House, 126 Albert Street, London, UK

Are we there yet? Where technological innovation is leading research

Thursday 8th and Friday 9th September 2016 at The University of Winchester, UK

Tackling Data Overload: Making sense of complex multi-source data

One-day conference, 20 November 2015 at the Royal Statistical Society, London

Contemporary data collection: opportunities and challenges

One-day conference: 16 April 2015 at Imperial College, London, UK

Making connections: unleashing the power of data

One-Day Conference, 26 September 2014 at Imperial College, London

Where’s my data? Participant privacy in a connected world

One-Day Conference, 4 April 2014, at Imperial College, London

Critical Reflections on Methodology and Technology: Gamification, Text Analysis and Data Visualisation

Residential conference, 6 & 7 September 2013 at the University of Winchester

Collaboration: It’s more fun together! Innovative and Effective Technology in Partnership

One-Day Conference, 25 September 2015 at Imperial College, London

Funky Data: working with unconventional data in surveys and research

One-Day Conference, 27th April 2012 at Imperial College, London

Think opportunity! Smart research technology for cost-conscious times

One-Day Conference, 27th April 2012 at Imperial College, London

Shifting the Boundaries of Research

ASC 6th International Conference, 22/23 September 2011 at Wills Hall, University of Bristol

Pizzazz in Research: Renewing the Rules of Engagement

One-Day Conference, 30th September 2010 at Imperial College, London

Embracing the Social Media Revolution: Using New Technologies in the Research Process

One-Day Conference, 21 April 2010 at Imperial College, London

Events prior to 2010

We regret, papers and presentations for one-day conferences prior to 2010 are not available online. Proceedings from ASC’s International Conferences and other two-day events, are available as indicated. See the Publications page for more information

Data Mining and its Applications in Market Research and Statistics

This ASC one-day conference was held on 21 April 2009. It addressed the topic of Data Mining, looking both at applications in the MR field and at statistical issues about the validity of conclusions, and was organised jointly with the Statistical Computing Section of the Royal Statistical Society. Full details can be found here.

3 October 2008, One-Day Conference
Imperial College, London

The topic will be Automation and Communication of Survey Results.

25 April 2008
One-Day Conference
Imperial College, London

Have we lost touch with reality?  Re-engaging with Respondents

There are many concerns within the survey research industry regarding the availability and willingness of respondents to participate in survey research. The incredible growth in web surveys and the resulting use of internet panels has raised questions about the validity of such research.

12 – 14 September 2007
ASC 5th International Conference, Southampton University

The Challenges of a Changing World:  Developments in the Survey Process

Full details of the programme and papers are available on the conference web pages.

29 September 2006
One-Day Conference, Imperial College, London

Words instead of Numbers:  The status of software in the Qualitative Research World

The role of computing in the interpretation and analysis of qualitative data is one that has not been explored at an ASC conference for some eight years. We have contributions from individuals and organisations that are either developing or exploiting technology in the field of Qualitative Research. Click here for more details.

21 April 2006
One-Day Conference, Imperial College, London

Delivering Results:  Reporting and Dissemination Practices

This one day event focussed primarily on what happens to data after collection and initial /intermediate processing. Click here for full details.

25 January 2006
Joint RSS / ASC meeting on  Systems Architecture for Statistical Applications  at the Royal Statistical Society

This meeting was organised by the RSS Statistical Computing Section in cooperation with ASC.

Usability is a primary concern when designing any piece of software. But there are deeper issues in the design and architecture of systems which affect their long-term usefulness. Most casual users will not notice these issues, but they affect those who use systems in more advanced ways, and they affect the long-term viability of systems. Examples of issues include:

Ease of maintenance and enhancement of the system
Portability between different computing platforms
Interoperability with other systems
User extensibility
Recent decades have seen a number of important ideas developing in the disciplines around computer science, ranging from the Object Paradigm, through portable languages such as Java, to component designs and Web Services over the internet. Alongside have been proposals for design methodologies, leading to the Unified Modelling Language (UML).

The session presented some of these ideas (particularly the Object Paradigm and UML) and developers of statistical and survey processing systems will discuss the current and future architecture of their systems.

Click here for more details and to see the presentations.

15-16 September 2005
at Newland Park, Bucks

2-day residential conference on Survey Research Methodology:  Maximising Data Value

We are constantly driven to increase efficiency, lower costs, reduce respondent burden, make better use of data already collected, handle more complex systems, and reconcile apparently inconsistent results from different sources. What are survey professionals doing to answer these challenges and maximise data value?

The conference aimed to explore survey research methods in the area of data integration: making the most of existing data and metadata by using them as a platform to aid further research, using them for deeper secondary analysis, and combining multiple sources of data. Click here for further details and to see the presentations. Copies of the proceedings are available from the publications page.

The conference followed the pattern of the successful methodology events at Chilworth and Latimer.

9 June 2005
at the Royal Statistical Society

A joint evening meeting  to celebrate the  Joint Award for Technology Effectiveness

The 2004 Award was made to E-Tabs Limited, UK for E-Tabs Enterprise
(click here for pictures and information about the other finalists).
ASC and MRS are again holding a joint evening meeting to celebrate the Award.
It will be held on Thursday 9th June
in the Council Chamber of the Royal Statistical Society at 12 Errol Street EC1
beginning with a drinks reception from 6.15 p.m.
There will be an introduction to the Award by Tim Macer, meaning ltd., followed by a presentation by the 2004 Award winners, E-tabs Ltd. and discussion.

22 April 2005
One-Day Conference
Imperial College, London

Mobile Computing

We have contributions from organisations that are either developing or exploiting new technology in the field of mobile data collection. The platforms being used include PCs, PDAs, tablets, mobile telephones; running a variety of operating systems and using both off-the-shelf and bespoke software.

23 June 2004
at the Royal Statistical Society

A joint ASC/MRS evening meeting to celebrate the  Joint Award for Technology Effectiveness

The meeting will begin with a drinks reception from 6.15  preceding an introduction by Tim Macer on the Award including the arrangements for 2004.

The 2003 winners
Information Tools  will then give a presentation based on their winning software Harmoni.
The 2003 runners up are also being invited.

22 April 2004
Software Showcase
Imperial College, London

Automation in the Survey Process:  Managing Change and Avoiding Disaster

This Software Showcase set a standard set of tasks to suppliers and allowed the audience to assess and compare their performance. The tasks demonstrate the automation and integration of survey processes, and the impact of various types of modification.
For more details, including the materials used for the tasks, click here.

21 January 2004
Joint RSS / ASC meeting on New Approaches to Software for Statistical Processing

This all-day meeting, organised by the RSS Statistical Computing Section in cooperation with ASC, focussed on recent software, particularly that using explicit structures for exchange of data and metadata between processing phases.

The day was organised in three sessions.
The first introductory session examined how metadata structures have impacted on statistical processing and looked at what can be achieved by adopting this technology.
In the second, we looked at how SPSS MR’s Dimensions Data Model has been adopted within the commercial market research sector, and at some of the challenges and benefits presented by it.
Finally, in the third section, we focused in on dissemination of data and results, and on some of the software tools now available.

Further details of the programme (including abstracts and presentations) are available from the RSS Site.

17 – 19 September 2003
ASC 4th International Conference
The Impact of Technology on the Survey Process

The 4th ASC International Conference on Survey & Statistical Computing was held from 17th to 19th September 2003, at Warwick University. The conference page has links to the abstracts and presentations, and the proceedings can be ordered from the publications page.

19 September 2002
Imperial College, London

Open Standards:  Breaking down the barriers

Many different data formats, protocols and proprietary systems are used by the various software packages for survey research. The resulting barriers to the free movement of data and information have historically been difficult and expensive to overcome.

This conference aimed to establish the current situation and explore the possibilities for the future. Click here for the programme and the presentations.

17 April 2002
Imperial College, London

Targeting Mr X – but is he Mr Right?  Sampling, Weighting, Profiling, Segmentation and Modelling

People are always trying to gain an understanding as to why people have taken a certain action or purchased a certain item. Therefore researchers, analysts and people in business try to understand these groups in order to provide them with the services and products they want in the future. There are a number of ways that this can be achieved:

Sampling techniques – How do you ensure that a sample is reflective and statistically relevant?
Weighting data techniques – to weight or not to weight – how to get it right?
Data profiling – Who are our customers, what defines them and what do they like?
Segmentation and modelling – How do you identify predictive or indicative elements in the data?
Software for conducting analyses – How can I understand my data more easily and quickly?

26 September 2001
Imperial College, London

Intelligent Reporting:  Data Delivery Methods for the New Millennium

There is no reason why results from Survey Research have to be presented as huge volumes of tables or as boring two-dimensional charts, yet this is still the way that some clients receive their results, sometimes without even an Executive Summary.

If clients want to drill down through the data, they should be able to do so. The tools exist for delivering results in a variety of exciting ways and this conference is dedicated to exploring how these tools are actually being used, how they are performing and how users perceive the benefits they can bring.

11-12 May 2001
Latimer Conference Centre, Chesham, Bucks

Survey Research Methods: the Challenge of the Internet

The importance of the Internet to Survey Research is being increasingly recognised, and its impact extends from data capture through to dissemination. Many conferences and meetings (by ASC and others) have discussed the impact of the Internet, and we hear both enthusiasm and cautionary voices. In consequence, the ASC decided that its next International Conference on Survey Research Methods would address ‘the Challenge of the Internet’.

The conference extended over two days (Friday & Saturday), was residential, and had a single stream of four half-day sessions, each with an invited keynote speaker and other contributions. It follows the pattern of the successful Chilworth conference of 1998, and MRS, SRA and ONS joined ASC in building the programme. Topics extend from sampling through to dissemination. The full programme is available, with all the presentations. The full proceedings can be ordered from the publications page.

Wednesday, 31 January 2001
Mander Hall, Hamilton House, Mabledon Place, London WC1H·9BD

Internet Survey Challenge and Showcase

The ASC invited four Internet survey software suppliers and integrators to participate in a comparative workshop to present and demonstrate their software against a standard set of tasks. Two other specialists will also discuss the additional problems faced in specialised Internet Access contexts. The Keynote presentation to introduce the Workshop was given by Neil Swan, Maritz ·TRBI. Details are available, with copies of the presentations.

28th September 2000
Imperial College, London

Survey Research on the Internet:  The Honeymoon is over!

The Internet is now established, and is likely to shape the way survey researchers operate in the future. This conference aimed to be hard hitting and focus on the real issues of the Internet as a survey research tool for the 21st century. While much of the hype has been consumer based, the B2B market has enormous potential and projections for growth.

Click here to see more details of the programme, including the abstracts and presentations. A CD of the full proceedings, including full papers and presentations, is available from the ASC – see our Publications page.

A map of the location is available, as are details and a campus map for Imperial College.

26th April 2000, at Imperial College, London

Automatically Better? The Impact of Automation on the Survey Process

Automation has affected every part of the survey process. Survey design, sampling, respondent selection, fieldwork administration, data capture, quality control, coding, editing, analysis, reporting and dissemination have all been influenced by technological change. The conference assessed these developments from the perspective of the research commissioner, the survey professional and the user of research findings, and will attempt to assess who have been the winners and losers in all this change and to comment particularly on the consequences for the quality of the products which are delivered.

Click here to see more details of the programme, including the abstracts and presentations.

3rd ASC International Conference

22-24 September 1999, in Edinburgh


Click here to see the full details fo the program and the event. Copies of the presentations are available for many of the papers, and the full proceedings are also available for purchase.

8 January 1999, at Imperial College, London

The Impact of CAI on Large and Complex Surveys

Compared to even a few years ago, Computer Aided Interviewing (CAI) is now relatively widespread and mature. A move to CAI can, for example, lead to improvements in data quality and turnaround times; it can even make possible surveys that would not otherwise be contemplated. For these and other reasons, many survey organisations and clients have been persuaded that CAI is where the future of survey research lies.

Not everyone, however, is entirely convinced; paper and pencil interviewing still has its role; the promise of CAI will be realised only under certain conditions. Follow the link on the title for more details of the programme, and copies of the presentations.

21-22 August 1998, at Chilworth Manor, Southampton

New Methods for Survey Research

A satellite conference for Compstat 98, 24-28 August, at Bristol

View the full programme and read the abstracts, and you can download the presentations. Full details of the proceedings are available from our Publications page. A summary is also available.

15 April 1998, at Imperial College London

Thinking bigger and thinking smaller – learning about Qualitative Research

Group discussions, citizens juries, focus groups, deliberative polling. These are all useful tools in the kitbag of the rounded survey professional. But what do we know about them, and what can computer packages and expert systems contribute? As survey professionals, how many of us know much – or anything – about the great strides that have been made in recent years to develop the methodology – and especially the approach to analysis – of material collected during qualitative research?

The day offered the chance to learn about developments related to – but slightly outside – the mainstream of quantitative research. Topics covered included

What recent developments in qualitative research have been made?
When is it appropriate to use a qualitative research approach?
Can qualitative research be used in combination with quantitative research?
What computer packages are available for analysis, and what do they do?
What further developments so qualitative analysis packages are expected or desirable?
30 September 1997, at Imperial College, London

The Interview, the Internet, the Impact