The American Population Panel

Are you a student, post-doc or faculty member wishing to undertake your own survey research?  CHRR at The Ohio State University started building the American Population Panel (APP) in June 2017 to provide researchers interested in fielding their own surveys with a pool of respondents.  The APP is not a probability sample but it now comprises over 50,000 members who have expressed interest in taking occasional surveys for research purposes and who have been recruited via a wide array of traditional and modern techniques. With background information on sex assigned at birth, age, educational attainment, geographical residence, race and ethnicity, we can create samples that are nationally representative of these demographic and background characteristics. We can also obtain samples of special populations that may be hard to find in other panels, for example LGBTQ+ individuals or veterans. CHRR has been involved in many survey projects over the past 55+ years, most notably the National Longitudinal Surveys, and the APP can be used for longitudinal as well as cross-sectional studies. We provide help with questionnaire authoring and survey branding. We program and test each survey instrument. Following fielding (generally online but also via telephone interviews if panelists prefer this mode) we produce a fully documented data set for PIs to download in Excel, SPSS, SAS, STATA and R via Investigator (used for all NLSY data downloads). We handle respondent payments. A number of social scientists have used, or are using the APP currently, for their survey projects including researchers at Bowling Green State University, Brigham Young University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, The Ohio State University, University of Texas at Austin,  University of Kentucky, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Utah Valley University and West Virginia University. For more information see Elizabeth C. Cooksey PhD PI, American Population Panel