J. Michael Dennis
Michael is executive director of AmeriSpeak, NORC’s probability-panel owned and operated by NORC. He founded AmeriSpeak in 2015 and leads the AmeriSpeak department for NORC.
A nationally recognized expert in probability-based panels and survey research, he has directed hundreds of statistical studies using probability-based and non-probability panels, as well as using telephone and in-person modes of data collection. At NORC, Michael has directed studies sponsored by AARP, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Facebook, NASA, National Science Foundation, and numerous universities and foundations, among others. Michael led the creation of NORC-owned product assets: AmeriSpeak, AmeriSpeak Omnibus, TrueNorth, and Foresight 50+. His areas of methodological interest are in mixed-mode data collections, measurement of non-response bias and panel conditioning, uses of administrative data for enhancing survey sampling and analysis, and passive measurement of digital behaviors.
Prior to joining NORC, Michael held several executive positions over fourteen years at Knowledge Networks, which was acquired by GfK Custom Research in 2012. Dennis founded Knowledge Networks’ Government and Academic Research Unit and managed all of the company’s federal, academic, and foundation funded research for clients such as the Centers for Disease Control, the Environmental Protection Agency, University of Pennsylvania, the National Science Foundation, and Stanford University.
In addition, Michael provided management and scientific oversight for KnowledgePanel®. Before joining Knowledge Networks, Michael directed telephone and field data collections for Abt Associates on federally funded surveys, including the National Immunization Survey. In addition to his work on publicly funded studies, Michael has designed and directed consumer market research studies regarding food products, smartphones, personal computing, and other products. He has authored more than 60 articles, conference and seminar papers, and book chapters and is a frequent speaker at annual meetings of the American Association for Public Opinion Research.
University of Chicago
University of Texas, Austin
opens in new tab"Test of a Hybrid Method of Sampling the LGBT Population: Web Respondent Driven Sampling with Seeds from a Probability Sample."
Journal Article | December 19, 2019
opens in new tab"The Undercounted: Measuring the Impact of ‘Nonresponse Follow-up’ on Research Data."
Report | April 1, 2019
opens in new tab"Technical Overview of the AmeriSpeak Panel: NORC's Probability-Based Household Panel."
Report | February 18, 2019
opens in new tab"Nonresponse Follow-Up Impact on AmeriSpeak Panel Sample Composition and Representativeness."
Report | May 22, 2018
opens in new tab"Recruiting and Retaining Youth and Young Adults: Challenges and Opportunities in Survey Research for Tobacco Control."
Journal Article | March 6, 2018
opens in new tab"Combining Probability and Non-Probability Samples Using Small Area Estimation."
Journal Article | August 29, 2017
opens in new tab"Surveying Rare or Hidden Populations Using a Probability-Based Household Panel."
Journal Article | August 24, 2017
opens in new tab"Managing Respondent Burden for a Panel Using Permanent Random Number Sampling."
Journal Article | August 24, 2017