Ádám Stefkovics is a visiting researcher at IQSS with a Fulbright scholarship. He's an assistant lecturer at the Eötvös Loránd University Faculty of Social Sciences, and director of polling and market research group at Századvég Foundation. Get to know Ádám in our latest affiliate spotlight, and feel free to say hello if you see him around IQSS.
What is the focus of your work?
I'm examining the potential of using mixed-mode surveys in political surveying. I'm mostly interested in when and how mixing modes leads to better survey data, and what are the "costs" of mixing (mode-effects).
Is there something interesting you could share that you've come across recently in your research?
One of the craziest things I've come across during my studies was when I was studying interviewer effects. A guy from Kantar told me that when they do survey research in Africa, interviewers often get kidnapped and being held for ransom. Once the ransom is paid, life goes on. Apparently, it's so normal that ransom prices are often already integrated into survey costs.
What do you like about IQSS?
While people at IQSS are the world's leading experts in their field, they are super-friendly and welcoming at the same time. Feels like an ideal combination.
What's something you do when you need a break?
I come to work. I have three boys.