2013 Outstanding Service prize: Professor Willem Saris
The 2013 ESRA award for Outstanding Services to Survey Research was awarded to Professor Willem Saris. Professor Saris studied Sociology at the University of Utrecht and received his PhD in Social Sciences from the University of Amsterdam in 1979. He became Full Professor in Political Sciences in 1983, specializing in the methodology of the social sciences. He has held tenured posts at the University of Amsterdam (1983-2006), the ESADE School of Business (2005-2009), and Universitat Pompeu Fabra (since 2009). His main methodological specializations are structural equation modelling and survey research, fields in which he has published extensively. As a member of the central coordinating team of the European Social Survey he became laureate of the Descartes Research Prize in 2005 for the best scientific collaborative research. In 2009 he received the Helen Dinerman award from the World Association of Public Opinion Research (WAPOR), in recognition to his lifelong contributions to the methodology of public opinion research. In 2011 he received the degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Debrecen in Hungary. He is a founding member of the European Survey Research Association (ESRA), of which he was president between 2005 and 2011.
2013 Early Career Researcher Award: Daniel Oberski
Daniel Oberski of Tilburg University was awarded the prize for his paper, “Evaluating partial measurement invariance by examining its consequences for conclusions of interest”. The prize committee noted that this papers is novel, relevant and an important for cross-cultural research. The author demonstrates a high level of analytical skill. His study provides statistical arguments, simulation, and applications with real data that refer to published studies. The study is likely to have both a methodological and a substantive impact in the field. The author shows great skill in developing the EPC-interest measure (Expected Percent Change), evidences the accuracy of the measure by means of a simulation study, and illustrates the utility of the approach by means of two applied substantive models. The committee agreed that this is a very strong paper which merits publication in a very good journal.