Nora Cate Schaeffer

Nora Cate Schaeffer Classes:
Soc 351 Introduction to Survey Methods for Social ResearchSoc 360 Statistics for SociologistsSoc 751 Survey Methods for Social ResearchSoc 752 Measurement and Questionnaires for Survey Research (Questionnaire Design)Soc 752 Measurement and Questionnaires for Survey Research (Resources)
Sewell Bascom Professor of Sociology
Faculty Director, University of Wisconsin Survey Center
4422 Sewell Social Sciences
(608) 262-3868
Fax: (608) 262-8400

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Curriculum Vitae

Selected Publications:

Dykema, Jennifer, Nora Cate Schaeffer, Dana Garbarski, and Mike Hout. (Forthcoming 2018.) “The Role of Question Characteristics in Designing and Evaluating Survey Questions.” in Advances in Questionnaire Design, Development, Evaluation, and Testing, edited by P. Beatty, D. Collins, L. Kaye, J. Padilla, G. Willis, and A. Wilmot, Hoboken, NJ

Schaeffer, Nora Cate, Bo Hee Min, Thomas Purnell, Dana Garbarski, and Jennifer Dykema. “Greeting and Response: Predicting Participation from the Call Opening.” 2017. Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology. DOI: 10.1093/jssam/smx014

Garbarski, Dana, Nora Cate Schaeffer and Jennifer Dykema. 2016. "Interviewing Practices, Conversational Practices, and Rapport: Responsiveness and Engagement in the Standardized Survey Interview," in Sociological Methodology 2016, edited by Duane F. Alwin, pp. 1-38, Sage. DOI: 10.1177/0081175016637890.

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 Projects:

Recruiting Respondents to the Survey Interview
Interactional Influences on Survey Participation

CDE Research Theme Working Groups:

Health and Mortality