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Candidate Evaluation Conference

December 2-3, 1994

The Candidate Evaluation Conference brought together a diverse group of participants: board members, survey researchers, and non-survey researchers. The diversity proved useful, as the Board suggested this mix for future conferences. However, the conference witnessed a lack of consensus regarding likes/dislikes questions and their future on the questionnaires. The Board diverted research and response to this issue to the 1995 Pilot Study Planning Committee. In general, the belief emerged that NES must do a better job of selecting issues for the questionnaire. The Board discussed forming a sub-committee or a virtual committee. A strictly-guided online forum of the user community could provide valuable feedback and alter the selection process. Overall, the conference circled around two unresolved questions: does ANES have the right issues; does ANES have the right questions about those issues?