Pre-APSA one-day workshop on expert indices

Aug. 10, 2016

EIP/V-dem pre-APSA Workshop

Philadelphia Marriott Wednesday 31 August 2016

Theme: 'Expert indicators in the social sciences: Challenges of validity, reliability and legitimacy.'

Svend-Erik Skaaning and Pippa Norris  

Expert surveys have become increasingly common in comparative social science, in risk analysis by private sector organizations, in evaluation research, and among NGOs and policy makers (Meyer & Booker 1991). Expert surveys are often used to deepen understanding of, among others, the left-right position of political parties and news media outlets, the  perceived extent of corruption or bribe-paying, and the quality of democratic governance. Expert surveys increasingly supplement alternative sources of information, such as citizen mass surveys, event analysis of media reports, and official statistics.

This workshop features sessions and papers covering the following topics: 

  1. Use expert surveys in comparative politics and related social sciences to develop new ways of testing the validity of expert survey data; 
  2. Use meta-analysis to compare expert perceptual surveys standards, methods, and techniques in terms of validity, reliability and legitimacy to other sources of information; or 
  3. Propose codes of conduct and good practice for conducting expert surveys.


All details are available on the workshop web page

The registration form for attendees is available at:

The draft program is also available at:


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