Benjamin Skalland is a Senior Survey Statistician in the Statistics and Methodology Department at NORC at the University of Chicago.
Skalland oversees the production of final data files National Immunization Survey and National Immunization Survey - Teen. He specified procedures for integrating and processing data collected from both household respondents and administrative data obtained from vaccination providers and put into place many of the quality assurance procedures currently used in the NIS. In addition, Skalland leads a team to monitor and refine the NIS data collection operation to improve survey quality and efficiency. He has conducted non-response bias analyses for the NIS, the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs, and the National Survey of Children's Health.
Prior to joining NORC, Skalland received his Master's degree in Statistics from Iowa State University, where he served as a research assistant in the Center for Survey Statistics and Methodology.
Skalland has published articles in Public Opinion Quarterly, Statistics in Medicine, Public Health Reports, and Survey Practice, and has presented papers to the American Statistical Association and American Association for Public Opinion Research on topics such as nonresponse bias analyses, cell-phone data collection costs, and an alternative to the response rate for measuring potential survey bias.
Skalland is also a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. He received honorable mention from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for diligence and commitment to producing survey data files.