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Conference Program 

All papers are due by September 14, 2018. Please email them to using the format guidelines provided here.

Tuesday, October 23 - Day 1

​8:15am - 9:00amRegistration and Coffee
​9:00am - 10:00amPlenary Session
  • Opening Remarks – Gina Cheung, IBUC Chair, University of Michigan
  • Welcome – Jim Smith, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors, Westat
  • Blaise and Blaise 5 – Bert Kroese, Deputy Director General and CIO Statistics Netherlands/CBS and Harry Wijnhoven, Member of the Board of Directors and Deputy CIO Statistics Netherlands/CBS and CEO Blaise
​10:00am - 10:30amBreak
​10:30am - 12:00pmPresentation Session 1 (1.5 hours)

Current Blaise 4 Uses, and Moving to Blaise 5
Session Chair: Rob Wallace – U.S. Census Bureau 

  • Challenges While Converting from Blaise 4 to 5
    Joost Huurman, Statistics Netherlands
  • Migrating from Blaise 4 to Blaise 5 – The AHS experience
    Roberto Picha and Richard J. Squires Jr., U.S. Census Bureau
  • Using Blaise 5 for CAPI
    Rick Dulaney and Boris Allan, Westat
  • Rolling Out Blaise 5 – An Interesting Journey
    R. Suresh, Keith Bajura, Matt Boyce, Emily Caron, Lilia Filippenko, Preethi Jayaram, Joe Nofziger, Patty LeBaron, Jean Robinson, Gil Rodriguez and Vorapranee Wickelgren, RTI International
​12:00pm - 1:00pm​Lunch
​1:00pm - 2:30pmPresentation Session 2 (1.5 hours)

Accessibility and Testing
Session Chair: Jane Shepherd – Westat

  • Developing Accessible Blaise Surveys
    Karen Brenner and Richard Frey, Westat
  • Enhancing Blaise 4 Surveys for JAWS Screen Reader Compatibility
    Mecene Desormice, Michael Mangiapane, Erin Slyne and Richard J. Squires Jr., U.S. Census Bureau
  • A Process for Blaise Data Emulation for Complex Instruments
    Todd Flannery, Ed Dolbow and Curtis Cooper, Westat
  • An Approach to Unit Testing
    Rod Furey, Statistics Netherlands
​2:30pm - 2:50pm​Break
​2:50pm - 4:20pmPresentation Session 3 (1.5 hours)

Multimode and Survey Management
Session Chair: Mark M. Pierzchala MMP Survey Services, LLC

  • Experiences with Blaise 5 CATI and Multimode at Statistics Norway
    Jan Haslund and Trond Båshus, Statistics Norway
  • Implementing a Blaise 5 Mixed-Mode Solution
    David Kinnear, Office for National Statistics, UK
  • Blaise 5 with RTI's Integrated Field Management System on Field Interviewer Laptops
    Lilia Filippenko, Preethi Jayaram, Joe Nofziger, Brandon Peele and R. Suresh, RTI International
  • Conducting Offline Blaise 5 Surveys in a Distributed Environment
    Marsha Skoman, University of Michigan
​4:20pm - 4:30pm​Break
​4:30pm - 5:30pmPresentation Session 4 (1 hour)

Blaise 5 Multimode Management – A Report by the BCLUB Multimode Management Group
    Mark Pierzchala, MMP Survey Services

​5:30pm - 6:30pmWelcome Reception


Wednesday, October 24 - Day 2 

​8:15am - 9:00amRegistration and Coffee
​9:00am - 10:30am

Blending Designed and Harvested Data: What do we need to do?
​     Conference Keynote – Dr. Robert M. Groves, Provost, Georgetown University

​10:30am - 11:00am​Break
​11:00am - 12:30pmBlaise Team Presents
​12:30pm - 1:30pm​Lunch
​1:30pm - 3:30pmPresentation Session 5 (2 hours)

Screen Design Part 1
Session Chair: Tim Carati  Statistics Netherlands

  • Some Uses of Roles in Blaise 5
    Boris Allan, Westat
  • Web Screen Presentation Using Blaise 5
    Michelle Amsbary, Rick Dulaney, Justin Kamens, Westat and Joelle Michaels, U.S. Energy Information Administration
  • Developing Organization Level Screen Layout and Design Guidelines for Blaise 5 
    Karl Dinkelmann, Shane Empie, Rebecca Gatward, Lisa Holland and Andrew Hupp, University of Michigan
  • Using Blaise 5 in CAWI
    Rogier Hellenbrand, Statistics Netherlands
  • Implementation of Blaise 5 Web Questionnaires into an Existing Business Survey Management System
    Leif Bochis Madsen, Statistics Denmark
​3:30pm -Conference Excursion and Dinner

Thursday, October 25 - Day 3

​8:30am - 10:30amPresentation Session 6 (2 hours)

Transitioning an Established Longitudinal Study to Blaise 5 and to a Mixed Mode Design:

A Case Study using the Health and Retirement Study
Session Chair: Mike Hart  Office for National Statistics, UK
Rhonda Ash, Karl Dinkelmann, Shane Empie, Rebecca Gatward, Andrew Hupp, Jason Ostergren, James Rodgers, Marsha Skoman, Rhymney Weidner and Laura Yoder, University of Michigan

​10:30am - 11:00amBreak
​11:00am - 12:30pmPresentation Session 7 (1.5 Hours)

Screen Design Part 2 – Mobile
Session Chair: Leif Bochis Madsen  Statistics Denmark

  • Designing the Questionnaire of Tomorrow: Current Best Practices and Future Goals
    Jeldrik Bakker and Marcel van der Steen, Statistics Netherlands
  • Using Blaise 5 to Solve Multimode and Multi-Device Challenges
    Kathleen O'Reagan and Nikki Brown, Westat
  • Features Used in CAWI Questionnaires
    Bryan Bungardt, Statistics Netherlands
  • Mobile Usability on Household Survey on Blaise 5
    Petri Godenhjelm, Pyry Keinonen and Anna Niemela, Statistics Finland
​12:30pm - 1:30pmLunch
​1:30pm - 3:00pmPresentation Session 8 (1.5 hours)

Surveys, Data and Training
Session Chair: Éric Joyal  Statistics Canada

  • Surveys with Sensors: The Future of Data Collection?
    Ole Mussmann and Marcel van der Steen, Statistics Netherlands and Barry Schouten, Statistics Netherlands and Utrecht University
  • Transforming Survey Paradata
    Laura Yoder, Andrew Piskorowski and Mark Simonson, University of Michigan
  • A Different Approach to Blaise Remarks
    Peter Stegehuis, Westat
  • Script Writer - The Compilation of Script Generation
    Max Malhotra, University of Michigan
​3:00pm - 3:30pmPresentation Session 9 (30 minutes)

New Features in Blaise Colectica Questionnaires
     Jeremy Iverson and Dan Smith, Colectica

​3:30pm - 4:00pmBreak
​4:00pm - 5:30pmInternational Blaise Users Group Meeting
     and "Tony" Award for IBUC Papers and Presentations