Call for Proposals: Cooperative Congressional Election Study


Deadline: April 20, 2016

SSRI’s Research Opportunities for Surveys and Experiments (ROSE) program is pleased to invite preliminary applications from individual researchers and from small teams of researchers for questions on the 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Study (CCES).  Questions selected through this competitive application process will be administered to a 1,000 person national sample survey. This opportunity is made possible through support from the Department of Political Science; the Democracy, Institutions, and Political Economy Program; the Duke Initiative on Survey Methodology; the Duke Social Science Research Institute; and the Provost.

Preliminary applications are due 4/20 by 5 p.m. Applications can be submitted online at this website; applications require basic data about applicants and upload of a proposal in Word format that includes a one- to two-paragraph description of the purpose of the project and its expected products, and listing the questions the applicant seeks to see included.

Applicants should expect that they may be invited to attend a meeting to discuss their proposal, its relation to other proposals, and ways that proposals might be revised, refined, or even combined. Preference will be given to applications that will significantly advance independent research by graduate students, such as dissertation research.

The CCES is a collaborative data-collection project developed by researchers across many universities who have combined resources to create a very large sample national survey.  SSRI is one of a number of research teams that has purchased a 1,000 person national sample survey, to be conducted during the fall of 2016 by YouGov.

This 1,000 person sample is part of a larger (30,000 +) person national sample stratified by state and type of district to permit study of congressional and state races and state politics.  The sample design also fits well with the Electoral College structure and provides an ideal setting for understanding the relationship between the congressional and Presidential elections.  The survey will consist of a 20 minute pre-election wave and 10 minute post-election wave.  The same people will be interviewed in both waves.

This project will deliver a 1,000 person survey covering content chosen through this RFP; a Common Content survey comprised of a subset of questions about political attitudes, demographic factors, assessment of roll call voting choices, and political information asked of all subjects (a 30,000 + person sample); and the validated vote for most subjects in the sample (in some states vote validation is still too expensive to do).   Data will be embargoed for the private use of those participating as part of the SSRI team for a term of one year after the delivery of the survey.  It is planned that survey data will be delivered February, 2016, with validated vote data provided when it becomes available (through the larger data-collection and matching effort).

The core intellectual goal of the CCES is to study representation and electoral competition and to demonstrate the workability of a large coordinated survey. It also provides the opportunity for studies of topics such as religion and politics or state public finances.  More information about the CCES is available online, here: