RAND Receives AAPOR Policy Impact Award for DADT Survey

May 19, 2011

Sandy Berry, Bernie Rostker, and Jay Goodwin

Sandy Berry, Bernie Rostker, and Jay Goodwin

On May 14, 2011, Bernie Rostker and Sandy Berry accepted the American Association for Public Opinion Research 2011 Policy Impact Award, along with Jay Goodwin representing the U.S. Department of Defense Comprehensive Review Working Group and Shelley Perry representing the Westat survey team. The Award was presented at the AAPOR annual conference in Phoenix and honored the effort to reach out to military personnel and families using structured and qualitative survey research procedures to understand the effects on the military of the potential repeal of DADT. The CRWG worked closely with Westat to conduct surveys of military personnel and families and with RAND to conduct an Internet survey of gay and lesbian service members. The RAND survey effort, led by Sandy Berry, was conducted by Ryan Brown and Terry Schell and was supported by the RAND Survey Research Group and RAND programmers. Bernard Rostker, Susan Hosek, and John Winkler led the RAND team that conducted the 2011 update of the 1993 report.

The 2011 AAPOR Award honored survey research that had a clear impact on informing the decision to repeal the "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. RAND previously won this award in 2005 for the survey research in support of the HIV Cost and Services Utilization Study.