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In Memoriam: Don Dillman, Modern Survey Methods Pioneer


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A Tribute to Don Dillman

NORC is sad to share the passing of Don Dillman, a retired regents professor in Washington State University’s Department of Sociology and deputy director for Research and Development in the Social & Economic Sciences Research Center (SESRC) at WSU. Don Dillman is recognized worldwide as a leading expert in survey methodology, who has led the field in establishing best practices and developing key innovations.  

A NORC consultant, mentor, and friend, Dillman consulted on the Medicare Current Beneficiary Survey (MCBS), the leading source of information on the Medicare program. He also co-authored, with NORC’s Leah Christian, the book, Internet, Phone, Mail, and Mixed-Mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method. With Christian and several other colleagues, Dillman was also awarded the American Association for Public Opinion Research Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award.

NORC sends its condolences to Dillman’s family, friends, and communities.

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