I am running for Chair of AAPOR's Standards Committee. I'm doing this because I view AAPOR as the premier organization of the survey research profession, but they have stayed on the sidelines so far in what I view as the biggest challenge to the profession since the 1936 presidential election. To appeal to a much overused analogy, the decline in respondent cooperation, the rapid growth of wireless only, and the dramatic emergence of online research have created a perfect storm. We need the smart minds and the scientific orientation of AAPOR to help us work through it.
Of course, there are those who no doubt believe that electing me to chair Standards would be to ask the fox to guard the chicken coop. These folks can for now take solace in the fact that I have run for AAPOR posts before and I have proved to be, in the words of a friend, "the Harold Stassen of AAPOR." It takes either a real optimist or a complete fool to believe that somehow this time will be different.