Methods Centers

Survey Research

The Survey Research and Methods Center is Abt Associates’ team of experts in the fields of survey statistics and methodology. They are dedicated to developing research designs to exacting standards for the research objectives; adhering to industry best practices; and advancing the field of survey methodology.  They are at the cutting edge of their field and recognized for outstanding innovative work in survey statistics.

The statisticians and methodologists of the Survey Research and Methods Center have a wealth of applied experience and skill which benefits Abt’s work around the world. They have applied their survey expertise in numerous domains including public opinion, public health and transportation. They are active in the professional organizations in their fields, AAPOR, ASA, and ISI.
Center participants are also contributors to scientific journals and frequent presenters at national conferences and instructors of continuing education courses and Webinars. Survey Research and Methods Center members have published numerous articles on nonresponse bias, measurement error, dual-frame samples, sampling rare populations, weighting for complex surveys, nonresponse bias, measurement error, and variance estimation.
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Center Directors

center directorStas Kolenikov is a senior survey statistician with Abt SRBI, where he works on sample design, weighting protocols, variance estimation, missing data imputation, experimental design, small area estimation, and other applications of advanced statistical methods in survey research. Prior to joining Abt SRBI, Stas was an assistant professor of statistics at University of Missouri-Columbia and a consultant to the World Bank. He has taught short courses for Stata Corp., The American Statistical Association, Statistical Society of Canada, and the American Association for Public Opinion Research.

Kolenikov received a Ph.D. in Statistics from University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, a master’s in Economics from the New Economic School and a bachelor’s in Electronic Engineering from the Moscow Institute of Electronic Technology. The latter two institutions are in Russia.