Benjamin Skalland

Benjamin Skalland is a Senior Statistician in the Statistics and Methodology Department at NORC at the University of Chicago.

Skalland has more than 12 years of experience in statistical analysis and survey methodology, with expertise in the areas of sampling design, data collection operations, survey weighting, and nonresponse bias analysis. He has contributed to the design, operation, and estimation for large telephone surveys, including the National Immunization Survey (NIS), the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), and the National Survey of Children with Special Health Care Needs (NS-CSHCN). He leads a team to monitor and refine the data collection operation of the NIS to improve survey quality and efficiency and has conducted non-response bias analyses for the NIS, NSCH, NS-CSHCN, and the Survey of Pathways to Diagnosis and Services. He has also overseen the production of final data files for the NIS and related surveys, specifying procedures and quality assurance for processing and integrating data collected from both household respondents and administrative data obtained from vaccination providers. 

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, the Journal of Survey Statistics and Methodology, Statistics in Medicine, Public Health Reports, and Survey Practice. He has presented papers to the American Association for Public Opinion Research and the American Statistical Association on topics such as cell-phone sampling, nonresponse bias, cell-phone data collection costs, and an alternative to the response rate for measuring potential survey bias.

Skalland is 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.