Mobile Apps and Sensors in Surveys

5th MASS workshop in 2024

Hotel & Travel:

The Current Innovations in Probability-based Household Internet Panel Research (CIPHER) conference will host a reception on March 7, 2024, at 5 PM (same location as MASS workshop and CIPHER conference; see below). CIPHER conference will also host a dinner for all speakers on March 7, 2024, at 6:30 PM.

Both MASS workshop and CIPHER conference will take place at the Fairmont Washington Hotel at 2401 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037. You can fly into any of the Washington airports. IAD may be the most convenient for international travelers and DCA for domestic travelers.

Speakers  will receive an email from Stephanie Tiller (RLA) with additional information on the hotel booking. RLA will be making  hotel bookings and CIPHER conference is covering the cost of your lodging during the MASS workshop and CIPHER conference. If you want to stay longer, you can book a longer stay at your own cost. RLA has reserved a block of rooms at the Fairmont Washington Hotel at a reduced rate. To reserve the group rate, please use this link: You can also contact the Fairmont Hotel by phone at 800-540-4505 no later than February 13, 2024 (reference “MASS-CIPHER 2024”). Please first wait for RLA to make your booking and work with them about booking additional days.

Keynote speaker:

We are proud to have Jennifer Romano join as keynote speaker. Jen Romano, Ph.D., has spent 15+ years in UX research: in industry, academia and government; as manager, director, and individual contributor; as strategist and executor. After getting started in User Experience Research at the US Census Bureau, Jen has made her way through some of the biggest and best UX orgs in the world (e.g., Google, Facebook, Instagram), speaking, teaching and being a keynote speaker at top UX conferences in the world (e.g., UXPA, WUC, HCII). Jen has since founded UXR Coach to help people make their UX dreams a reality. With small, instructor-led workshops, courses, and retreats, and personalized 1:1 coaching, Jen offers ways for people to have renewed confidence and skills to grow as a UX Researcher. With a foundation in Applied/Experimental Psychology, Jen is on a mission to train the BEST UX researchers in the world. She will talk about “Usability Testing in Smartphone Data Collection: How to Test and Design for Data Collection Tools”


The preliminary programme for the 5th MASS workshop, to be held on 6 and 7 March 2024 in Washington can be found below:

Programme of the 5th MASS workshop
Wednesday: 06/03/2024
Time Session name Author(s) Title
09:00 AM – 09:15 AM Welcome
09:15 AM – 10:35 AM Session 1: space Thelonious Georz
Local Age-Composition and Stress: Residential and Activity Space Exposures to Age-peers Among Older Adults in Chicago
John Palmer
Space Mapper: A Privacy-Focused Mobile Phone Application for Active Positioning Research
Catherine Calder & Christopher Browning
Novel Sampling Designs and Activity-Space Data Collection Strategies for AHDC2
Christopher Browning & Catherine Calder
Using EMA and GPS to Understand the Occurrence of Risk Behavior in Activity Space Context
10:35 AM – 10:55 AM Coffee break
10:55 AM – 12:15 PM Session 2: sensors to improve measurement Lauren Miller, Elina Page, Linda Kantor, & Joseph Rodhouse
Insights from Field Testing a Multi-Day Diary Survey Using a Native Smart Phone Application
Elizabeth A. Mack, Shelia R. Cotten, & Chu-Hsiang Chang
Problems and prospects of integrated research approaches for evaluating technostress in older adults
Joshua Claassen, Jan Karem Höhne, Christoph Kern, & Hayastan Avetisyan
Inferring respondents’ emotional states from text and voice answers to open questions in a smartphone survey
Chuck Shuttles
Passive Persons Detection via Mobile App in Media Measurement Panel Households
12:15 PM – 1:15 PM Lunch break
01:15 PM – 02:15 PM Keynote: Jennifer Romano Usability Testing in smartphone data collection: how to test and design for data collection tools
02:15 PM – 02:35 PM Coffee break
02:35 PM – 03:35 PM Session 3: design and quality of studies Oriol J. Bosch, Melanie Revilla, Patrick Sturgis & Jouni Kuha
Surveys or digital trace data, which one should we use? Using Generalized MultiTrait-MultiMethod models to simultaneously estimate the measurement quality of surveys and digital trace data
Nathália da Conceição Leite Santos & Álvaro Padilla-Pozo
Addressing the elephant in the room: Attrition and data missingness in ecological momentary assessment data collection
Bence Ságvári
“Build your own research”: The modular design and everyday reality of Octopus Research Tools
03:35 PM – 03:55 PM Coffee break
03:55 PM – 05:15 PM Session 4: willingness, participation in extra tasks Wai Tak Tung & Alexander Wenz
Mechanisms of Participation in Smartphone App Data Collection: A Research Synthesis
Alexandra M. Brown Breslin
Addressing Sample Member Data Security Concerns to Reduce Nonparticipation in a Passive Data Collection
Jonathan Burton, Annette Jäckle, & Mick Couper
The effect of incentives on the willingness to participate in a gamified app study
Janelle van den Heuvel, Barry Schouten, & Bella Struminskaya
Respondent perceptions on surveys with smart features
Thursday: 07/03/2024
Time Workshop activity
08:30 AM – 10:10 AM Session 5: applications of MASS Ting Yan, Marcelo Simas, Timothy Mulcahy, Westat Elina Page, & Economic Research Service
Did You Use Our App Diary? The Experience of FoodAPS Field Test
Joris Mulder, Seyit Höcük, Pradeep Kumar, Talip Kilic, Alberto Zezza, Gayatri Koolwal, & Wilbert Drazi Vundru
A Timely Matter: Advancing Methods to Study Time Use in Low-Income Context
Ellyn Maese, Jenny Marlar, & Dan Foy
Measuring Food Waste Through Mobile App Data Collection: Lessons Learned for Research Design, Recruitment, and Response Rates
Bella Struminskaya, Florian Keusch, Joris Mulder, Stein Jongerius, & Adrienne Mendrik
Measurement of Physical Activity in Older Adults through Data Donation of Smartphone Health Data and Google Location History
Yvonne Gootzen, Jonas Klingwort, & Barry Schouten
Validating a smart survey travel app: survey response versus algorithms
10:10 AM – 10:30 AM Coffee break
10:30 AM – 11:00 AM Session 6: Business case Vera Toepoel & Barry Schouten
What is the business case of smart surveys?
11:00 AM – 11:15 PM Wrap-up