Papers on Google Scholar
|I am employed
as a Senior
Researcher at the Institute for
Employment Research (Instituts fuer Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung,
IAB) in Nuremberg, Germany.
Along with Brad Edwards, I am chair of the 2015 International Total Survey Error Conference, to be held in Baltimore in September 2015. This conference focuses on issues of data quality and is concerned with questions such as:
The conference is concerned not only with error in survey data but with errors in data more broadly, including emerging data sources such as administrative and social media data.
- What population can we make inference to with this data source?
- Which error sources are likely to affect a given data set?
- Errors of observation: How well are the constructs in this data set measured? Do the variables mean what we think they mean? How were these data captured and for what purpose?
- Errors of non-observation: Which information is missing in a given data source, and do these missing data bias our analyses?
- Connections between error sources: when we strive to expand the representativeness of our data, by including those who are hard to reach, do we sacrifice quality in the data we do capture?
In addition, I do statistical consulting work on topics of sample design, weighting and coverage issues. This year, I consulted with the World Bank on weights for an establishment panel survey and with the Pakistan Statistical Agency on survey design. In 2012, I worked with the World Bank on a survey of Pastoralists in the Afar region of Ethiopia.
My recent publications include:
complete list, see my Google Scholar website.
- Eckman, S, Kreuter, F, Kirchner, A, Jäckle, A, Tourangeau, R and Presser, S. 2014. “Assessing the Mechanisms of Misreporting to Filter Questions in Surveys” Public Opinion Quarterly Code
- Himelein, K,
Eckman, S and Murphy, S. 2014.
“Sampling Nomads: A New Technique for Remote, Hard-to-Reach, and Mobile Populations” Journal of Official Statistics
- Eckman, S
and Kreuter, F. 2013.
“Undercoverage Rates and Undercoverage Bias in Traditional Housing Unit
Listing” Sociological Methods
and Research Code
- Eckman, S. 2013.
“Do Different Listers Make the
Same Housing Unit Frame? Variability in Housing Unit Listing”
Journal of Official
S, Sinibaldi, J, and Moentmann-Hertz, A. 2013. “Can Interviewers Effectively Rate the Likelihood of Cases to Cooperate?” Public Opinion Quarterly
- Eckman, S and English, N. 2012. “Geocoding to Create Survey Frames” Survey Practice
- Eckman, S and English, N. 2012. “Creating Housing Unit Frames from Address Databases: Geocoding Precision and Net Coverage Rates” Field Methods
I have a Ph. D. in Survey Methodology from the Joint Program in Survey Methodology (JPSM)
at the University of Maryland. My dissertation explored coverage in
specifically undercoverage and overcoverage of housing units in housing
unit listing. Data collection for my dissertation was supported
by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Maryland
Population Research Center, and the Charles Cannell Fund in Survey
Methodology, among others.
When I'm not working, I like to run, bike and swim. My fastest
half-marathon time is