Kristen Olson

Associate Professor, Department of Sociology

201 North 13th Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0241
Phone: (402) 472-7737
Fax: (402) 472-7764
kolson5@unl.edu

 

Educational Background

  • Ph.D. 2007; Survey Methodology
    Interdepartmental Program in Survey Methodology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    Dissertation Committee: Robert M. Groves (Chair), Norman Bradburn, Roderick J.A. Little, Trivellore E. Raghunathan, Yu Xie
  • MS 2003; Survey Methodology, Statistical Science concentration
    Joint Program in Survey Methodology, University of Maryland, College Park
  • BA 1999; Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences and Sociology
    Northwestern University, cum laude with Honors in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences

Teaching

  • Applied Sampling
    Advanced Sampling
    Total Survey Error
    Intro to Research Methods II

Grants, Honors, and Awards

  • Co-investigator; Total Costs: $3,714,667. Health and Mental Health Risks for Women Who Are Homeless. National Institutes of Health. Les Whitbeck (PI). Submitted June 2012.
  • Principal Investigator; Total costs: $125,925. Collaborative Research: Investigating Costs and Errors associated with Interviewer Travel. National Science Foundation. Submitted January 2012. Not funded July 2012.
  • Co-Principal Investigator; Total costs: $2,967,347 Medium Node: NSF Census Research Network. Allan McCutcheon (PI). Submitted to the National Science Foudnation. February 2011.
  • USDA-NASS 58-3AEU-0-0020; $400,000 (with Dr. Jolene Smyth). Using Survey Methodology Research to Assist with Design Improvements and/or the Redesign of Surveys RElated to Science, Engineering and Agriculture Co-funded by the National Science Foundation. 2010-2014.
  • Principal Investigator, Bureau of Labor Statistics. Responsive Design in the Current Expenditure Interview Survey. Sole Source Contract, Kristen Olson. (Total direct costs $18,066). Grant awarded July 2009.
  • Co-investigator, R21 grant. "Novel approaches to understanding mental disorder, substance abuse and HIV risk among homeless women." November 2008. Funded by National Institutes of Health, Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, R21HD058989. Leslie Whitbeck (PI). (Total direct costs $255,535). Funded September 2009.
  • Principal Investigator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Layman grant proposal. Changes in Survey Recruitment Protocols and Their Effects on Survey Nonresponse Bias and Measurement Error. November 2008. Funded by UNL Office of Research. Jolene Smyth, co-investigator. 2009.
  • Co-investigator, University of Nebraska-Lincoln Layman grant proposal. Using Eye Tracking to Understand the Relationship Between Literacy, Survey Design, and Data Quality. November 2008. Funded by UNL Office of Reserach. Jolene Smyth (PI). 2009.
  • Nominated Panel Member, Panel on a Research Agenda for the Future of Social Science Data Collection, Committee on National Statistics, National Research Council of the National Academies. 2010.
  • Distinguished Dissertation Award, Honorable Mention, University of Michigan. 2008.
  • Travel Grant, Second International Total Survey Error Workshop ($500). 2008.
  • National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Research Grant SES-0620228. ($12,000). 2006.
  • AAPOR T-Shirt Slogan Winner. 2007.
  • Abt Fellow, University of Michigan. 2003-2005.
  • Conference Fellow, International Conference on Questionnaire Development, Evaluation and Testings Methods. 2002.
  • Outstanding Graduate Student, Washington Statistical Society. 2002.
  • Second Place winner, Jeopardy!. 2001.
  • Graduate School Fellowship, University of Maryland, College Park. 2001-2002.
  • BA, Northwestern University, Cum Laude. 1999.
  • Departmental Honors, Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Northwestern University. 1999.
  • Junior Fellow, Joint Program in Survey Methodology. Univeristy of Maryland, College Park. 1998.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Association for Public Opinion Research
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Statistical Association
  • Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research

Selected Publications

  • Olson, Kristen. 2013. "Do nonresponse follow-ups improve or reduce data quality? A review of the existing literature." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A.176(1): 129-145. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-985X.2012.01042.x (lead article in special issue)
  • Olson, Kristen. 2013. Paradata in Nonresponse Adjustment. Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. January 2013 645: 142-170, doi: 10.1177/0002716212459475.
  • Olson, Kristen and Bryan Parkhurst. 2013. "Collecting paradata for measurement error evaluation." Improving Surveys with Paradata: Analytic Uses of Process Information, Frauke Kreuter (editor), John Wiley and Sons. Pp. 43-42.
  • Yan, Ting and Kristen Olson. 2013. "Analyzing paradata for measurement error evaluation." Improving Surveys with Paradata: Analytic Uses of Process Information, Frauke Kreuter (editor), John Wiley and Sons. Pp. 73-96.
  • Kreuter, Frauke and Kristen Olson. 2013. "Paradata for Nonresponse Error Investigation." Improving Surveys with Paradata: Analytic Uses of Process Information, Frauke Kreuter (editor), John Wiley and Sons. Pp. 13-42.
  • Olson, Kristen and Jolene Smyth. "Who follows the rules? Within household-selection procedure in web and mail surveys of the general population." Field Methods, Accepted August 2012.
  • Olson, Kristen. 2012. "Do nonresponse follow-ups improve or reduce data quality? A review of the existing literature." Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A. Published online June 2012. DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-985X.2012.01042.x.
  • Olson, Kristen, Jolene D. Smyth and Heather Wood. "Does Providing Respondents with Their Preferred Survey Mode Really Increase Participation Rates?" Public Opinion Quarterly. Paper accepted January 2012.
  • Olson, Kristen and Bryan Parkhurst. Forthcoming. "Collecting paradata for measurement error evaluation." Forthcoming chapter in Improving Surveys with Paradata: Making Use of Process Information, Frauke Kreuter (editor), John Wiley and Sons.
  • Yan, Ting and Kristen Olson. Forthcoming. "Analyzing paradata for measurement error evaluation." Forthcoming chapter in Improving Surveys with Paradata: Making Use of Process Information, Frauke Kreuter (editor), John Wiley and Sons.
  • Kreuter, Frauke and Kristen Olson. Forthcoming. "Paradata for Nonresponse Error Investigation." Forthcoming chapter in Improving Surveys with Paradata: Making Use of Process Information, Frauke Kreuter (editor), John Wiley and Sons.
  • Olson, Kristen and Robert M. Groves. 2012. "An Examination of Within-Person Variation in Response Propensity over the Data Collection Field Period." Journal of Official Statistics. 28(1):29-51.
  • Olson, Kristen, Jolene D. Smyth, Ying Wang and Jennie E. Person. 2011. "The Self-Assessed Literacy Index: REliability and Validity." Social Science Research. 40: 1465-1476.
  • Olson, Kristen and Lindsey Witt. 2011. "Are we keeping the people who used to stay? Changes in correlates of panel survey attrition over time." Social Science Research. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2011.03.001.
  • Olson, Kristen and Ipek Bilgen. 2011. "Interviewer Experience and Acquiescence in Face to Face Surveys." Public Opinion Quarterly, 75(1): 99-114. doi 10.1093/poq/nfq067.
  • Kreuter, Frauke, Kristen Olson. 2011. "Are We Adjusting Response Rates or Survey Variables? The Effects of Multiple Auxiliary Variables on Nonresponse Adjustment." Sociological Methods and Research.
  • Olson, Kristen, James M. Lepkowski and David Garabrant. "Does the Content of Persuasion Letters Affect Nonresponse Bias Results in a Nonresponse Follow-up Study?" Paper submitted to Survey Research Methods. Accepted December 2010.
  • West, Brady and Kristen Olson. 2010. "How much of interviewer variance is really nonresponse error variance?" Public Opinion Quarterly, 74(5): 1004-1026.
  • Olson, Kristen. Paradata in Nonresponse Adjustment. Invited Chapter in The Future of Social Science Surveys. Douglas S. Massey and Roger Tourangeau, eds. Russell Sage Foundation. Submitted September 2010.
  • Olson, Kristen. 2010. "A Note on Questionnaire Evaluation by Expert Raters." Field Methods. 22(4): 295-318.
  • Kreuter, Frauke, Kristen Olson, James Wagner, Ting Yan, Trena Ezzati-Rice, Carolina Casas-Cordero, Michael Lemay, Andy Peytchev, Robert M. Groves, Trivellore E. Raghunathan. "Using Proxy Measures and Other Correlates of Survey Outcomes to Adjust for Nonresponse: Examples from Multiple Surveys." 2010. Journal of the Royal Statistical Society A. Early release. DOI: 10.111/j.1467-985X.2009.00621.x.
  • Garabrant, David H., Alfred Franzblau, James Lepkowski, Brenda W. Gillespie, Peter Adriaens, Avery Demond, Barbara Ward, Kathy LaDronka, Elizabeth Hedgeman, Kristine Knutson, Lynn Zwica, Kristen Olson, Timothy Towey, Qixuan Chen, Biling Hong. 2009. "The University of Michigan Dioxin Exposure Study: Methods for an Environmental Exposure Study of Polycholorinated Dioxins, Furans and Biphenyls." Environmental Health Perspectives. 117 (5): 803-810.
  • Garabrant, David H., Alfred Franzblau, James Lepkowski, Brenda W. Gillespie, Peter Adriaens, Avery Demond, Elizabeth Hedgeman, Kristine Knutson, Lynn Zwica, Kristen Olson, Timothy Towey, Qixuan Chen, Biling Hong, Chiung-Wen Chang, Shin-Yuan Lee, Barbara Ward, Kathy LaDronka, William Luksemburg, Martha Maier. 2009. "The University of Michigan Dioxin Exposure Study: Predictors of Human Serum Dioxin Concentrations in Midland and Saginaw, Michigan." Environmental Health Perspectives. 117 (5):818-824.
  • Hedgeman, Elizabeth, Qixuan Chen, Biling Hong, Chiung-Wen Chang, Kristen Olson, Kathy LaDronka, Barbara Ward, Peter Adriaens, Avery Demond, Brenda W. Gillespie, James Lepkowski, Alfred Franzblau, David H. Garabrant. 2009. "The University of Michigan Dioxin Exposure Study: Population Survey Results and Serum Concentrations for Polychlorinated Dioxins, Furans and Biphenyls." Environmental Health Perspectives. 117(5):811-817.
  • Groves, Robert M., J. Michael Brick, Mick Couper, William Kalsbeek, Brian Harris-Kojetin, Frauke Kreuter, Beth-Ellen Pennell, Trivellore Raghunathan, Barry Schouten, Tom Smith, Roger Tourangeau, Ashley Bowers, Matthew Jans, Courtney Kennedy, Rachel Levenstein, Kristen Olson, Emilia Peytcheva, Sonja Ziniel, and James Wagner. 2008. Issue Facing the Field: Alternative Practical Measures of Representativeness of Survey Respondent Pools. Survey Practice. October. No pp. http://surveypractice.org/2008/10/30/issues-facing-the-field/#more-302.
  • Demond, Avery, Peter Adrianens, Timothy Towey, Shu-Chi Chang, Biling Hong, Qixuan Chen, Chiung-Wen Chang, Alfred Faranzblau, David H. Garabrant, Brenda W. Gillespie, Elizabeth Hedgeman, Kristine Knutson, Shih-Yuan Lee, James Lepkowski, Kristen Olson, Barbara Ward, Lynn Zwica, William Luksemburg, Martha Maier. 2008. "Statistical Comparison of Residential Soil Concentrations of PCDDs, PCDFs and PCBs from Two Communities in Michigan." Environmental Science and Technology. 42(15): 5441-5448.
  • Olson, Kristen. 2008. "Double-barreled question." Encyclopedia of Survey Research Methods. Thousand Oaks: Sage.
  • Peytchev, Andy and Kristen Olson. 2007. "Using interviewer Observations to Improve Nonresponse Adjustments: NES 2004." Proceedings of American Statistical Association, Survey Research Methodology Section.
  • Olson, Kristen and Courtney Kennedy. 2006. "Examination of the Relationship between Nonresponse and Measurement Error in a Validation Study of Alumni." Proceedings of the American Statistical Association, Survey Research Methodology Section.

Working Papers

  • Olson, Kristen, Mathew Stange, Stacia Jorgensen and Jolene Smyth. 2012. "An Experimental Examination of Four Within-Household Selection Methods in Household Mail Surveys."
  • Kasabian, Alian, Jolene Smyth and Kristen Olson. 2012. "Making a Match: Exploring the Impact of Mode Preference on Measurement." Paper submitted to Public Opinion Quarterly, July 2012. Rejected September 2012.
  • Smyth, Jolene and Kristen Olson. Comparing Numeric and Text Open-Ended Responses in Mail and Web Surveys. Paper submitted to Public Opinion Quarterly, August 2011. Revise and resubmit, October 2011. Resubmitted January 2012.Rejected August 2012.
  • Olson, Kristen, Megumi Watanabe and Christina Falci. 2011. "Social Isolation and Survey Nonresponse: An Empirical Evaluation Using Social Network Data." Paper to be submitted.
  • Wagner, James and Kristen Olson. Where do interviewers go when they do what they do? An analysis of interviewer travel in two field surveys. Paper to be submitted.
  • Wells, Brian, Kristen Olson and Jolene Smyth. Nonresponse Bias in Mail, Web and Mixed Mode Surveys. Paper to be submitted.
  • Olson, Kristen and Frauke Kreuter. "Anticipating Nonresponse Bias in Observational Studies." Paper under revision for submission.
  • Smyth, Jolene and Kristen Olson. Measuring Mode Preference: Question Wording and Question Order Experiments. Paper to be submitted.
  • Smyth, Jolene, Kristen Olson and Morgan Millar. Unraveling Mode Preference. Paper to be submitted.
  • Wang, Ying, Kristen Olson and Jolene D. Smyth. "Do literacy levels affect item nonresponse in an interviewer-administered survey? An examination of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy Survey." Under revision for submission.

Selected Presentations (2008-2013)

  • Olson, Kristen and James Wagner. 2013. "A Field Experiment Using GPS Devices to Monitor Interviewer Travel Behavior." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, May 2013, Boston, MA.
  • Watanabe, Megumi, Kristen Olson and Christina Falci. 2013. "Social Isolation and Survey Nonresponse: An Empirical Evaluation Using Social Network Data." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, May 2013, Boston, MA.
  • Stange, Mathew, Kristen Olson, and Jolene D. Smyth. 2013. "Using visual design to aid within-household selection in mail surveys: Does it lead to accurate selection and representative samples?" Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, May 2013, Boston, MA.
  • Libman, Amanda, Jolene D. Smyth, and Kristen Olson. 2013. "Are you seeing what I am seeing? Exploring response option visual design effects with eye-tracking." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, May 2013, Boston, MA.
  • Olson, Kristen, Stacia Jorgensen and Jolene Smyth. "An Experimental Examination of Four Within-Household Selection Methods in Household Mail Surveys." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, May 2012, Orlando, FL.
  • Smyth, Jolene, Rebecca Powell, Kristen Olson and Amanda Libman. "Understanding the Relationship between Literacy and Data Quality in Self-Administered Surveys." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, May 2012, Orlando, FL.
  • Kasabian, Alian, Jolene Smyth and Kristen Olson. "Making a Match: Exploring the Impact of Mode Preference on Measurement." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, May 2012, Orlando, FL.
  • Wells, Brian and Kristen Olson. "The Effect of Mixed Mode Designs on Nonresponse Bias." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, May 2012, Orlando, FL.
  • Olson, Kristen. "Volunteer Angler Data Collection and Methods of Inference." Invited presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Fisheries Management Council Volunteer Angler Data Collection Workshop. February 2012.
  • Smyth, Jolene, Kristen Olson and Rebecca Powell. "Literacy and Data Quality in Self-Administered Surveys." Paper presented at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, November 2011, Chicago, IL.
  • Olson, Kristen, Megumi Watanabe and Christina Falci. "Social Isolation and Survey Nonresponse: An Empirical Evaluation Using Social Network Data." Paper presented at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, November 2011, Chicago, IL.
  • Mathieowetz, Nancy, Kristen Olson and Courtney Kennedy. "Redesign Options for the Consumer Expenditure Survey." Invited presentation at the National Academy of Sciences, Washington, DC, October 2011.
  • Wagner, James and Kristen Olson. "Where do interviewers go when they do what they do? An analysis of interviewer travel in two field surveys." Paper presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings, American Statistical Association, August 2011, Miami, FL.
  • Olson, Kristen, Jolene Smyth, Mathew Stange and Lauren Walton. "Who follows the rules? Within household-selection procedure in web and mail surveys of the general population." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, May 2011.
  • Smyth, Jolene and Kristen Olson. Comparing Numeric and Text Open-end Responses in Mail and Web Surveys. Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting, Phoenix, Arizona, May 2011.
  • Kristen Olson, Wood, Heather and Jolene Smyth. "Does Providing Respondents with Their Preferred Survey Mode Really Increase Participation?" Paper preseented at the RTI International, Research Triangle, NC. October 2010.
  • Lee, Julia Sing-Hung, James M. Lepkowski, Kristen Olson, and Dandan Zhang. Incorporating Nonresponse Follow-up into a Main Survey Dataset. Paper presented at the Joint Statistical Meetings, Vancouver, BC, August 2010.
  • West, Brady and Kristen Olson. "How much of interviewer variance is really nonresponse error variance?" Paper presented at the International Total Survey Error Workshop, Stowe, VT, June 2010.
  • Kristen Olson, Wood, Heather and Jolene Smyth. "Does Providing Respondents with Their Preferred Survey Mode Really Increase Participation?" Paper presented at the American Association of Public Opinion Research annual meeting, Chicago, IL, May 2010.
  • Smyth, Jolene and Kristen Olson. "Measuring Mode Preference: Question Wording and Question Order Experiments." Paper presented at the American Association of Public Opinion Research annual meeting, Chicago, IL, May 2010.
  • Wang, Ying, Kristen Olson and Jolene D. Smyth. "Do literacy levels affect item nonresponse in an interviewer-administered survey? An examination of the National Assessment of Adult Literacy Survey." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, IL, May 2010.
  • West, Brady and Kristen Olson. "How much of interviewer variance is really nonresponse error variance?" Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research, Chicago, IL, May 2010.
  • Kreuter, Frauke and Kristen Olson. "Are We Adjusting Response Rates or Survey Variables? The Effects of Multiple Auxiliary Variables on Nonresponse Adjustment." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting. Hollywood, FL. May 2009.
  • Feng, Chun and Kristen Olson. "An Examination of the Relationship between Panel Attrition and Measurement Error." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting. Hollywood, FL. May 2009.
  • Pearson, Jennie E., Ying Wang, Kristen Olson, and Jolene D. Smyth. "Development of a new scale to measure literacy without a reading assessment. Poster presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting. Hollywood, FL. May 2009.
  • Smyth, Jolene, Kristen Olson, and Ashley Richards. "Unraveling Mode Preference." Paper presented at the American Association for Public Opinion Research annual meeting. Hollywood, FL. May 2009.
  • Olson, Kristen and Robert M. Groves. "The Lifecycle of Response Propensities in Fertility and Family Demography Surveys." Paper presented at the Population Association of American annual meeting, Detroit, MI, April 2009.
  • Feng, Chun and Kristen Olson. "Are we keeping the bad respondents? An examination of the relationship between panel attrition propensity and measurement error." Paper presented at the Midwest Association for Public Opinion Research Annual Meeting, November 2008.
  • Olson, Kristen. "When do nonresponse follow-ups improve or reduce data quality? A meta-analysis of the existing literature." Paper presented at the Second International Total Survey Error Workshop, June 2008.
  • Olson, Kristen and Lindsey Witt. "Are we keeping the people who used to stay? Changes in correlates of panel survey attrition over time." Paper presented at the 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Association of Public Opinion Research. New Orleans, LA, May 2008.

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Professional Development Activities

  • Section Editor, Research Synthesis Section, Public Opinion Quarterly, 2008-present.
  • Invited Member, AAPOR Special Committee on 2008 Presidential Primary Polling, American Association for Public Opinion Research, 2008.
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for National Institutes of Health American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) proposals.
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for Public Opinion Quarterly, Sociological Methods and Research, Journal of Official Statistics, International Journal of Public Opinion Research, Psychological Reports, Demography, Survey Research Methods, Health Education Research, Journal of the Royal Statistical Society Series A, Field Methods, Statistics in Medicine.
  • Ad-hoc reviewer for National Science Foundation SES-MMS grant proposals.