Short Course

PAPOR Presents:

Measurement of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity

October 14, 2016  | 10AM– 3:00PM
Join us in Los Angeles or via Webinar

Register Now


 UCLA Center for Health Policy Research

10960 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1550
Los Angeles, CA 90024

Questions? Contact us

Event Downloads (pdf):
Info Sheet | Event Flyer

Course Preview

Sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) have been studied for decades, but they have only recently made their way into large-scale state and federal surveys, and political polls. This course traces the history of SOGI measurement from early (and essentially-flawed) non-probability sample studies like the famous Kinsey studies, to probability-based surveys like the General Social Survey (GSS), the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS), and the National Health Interview Survey (NHIS). The course will also touches on the related topics of partner sex/gender (i.e., sexual behavior), and their relationship to SOGI. The historical perspective will be bolstered by reviewing the quantitative literature on SOGI questions, including pretesting results, population rates, and rates of item nonresponse (i.e., missing data). Several methods of asking SOGI will be addressed, with commentary on their resulting prevalence rates. These topics will be put into the context of current efforts within the US Federal Statistical System to promote asking SOGI in Federal surveys broadly (e.g., the OMB Interagency Working Group on SOGI Measurement), and current polling and survey research generally.

Recommendations for including SOGI questions in surveys of various modes will be discussed, highlighting successes from CHIS, NHIS, and other large-scale interview-based surveys. This course will benefit anyone working with or wanting to collect SOGI data, whether they be academic researchers, policy advocates, or survey researchers/methodologists tasked with adding SOGI questions to their surveys. Open questions in the study of SOGI and the future of SOGI measurement in surveys will be discussed as well. There will be ample time for Q&A.

Registration Rates

PAPOR/MRA member $55
Non-PAPOR member (includes 2016 membership) $60
Student $25
Group webinar rate (3+ viewers)* $110

Live webinar option available (same pricing).


Matt Jans earned his PhD from the Program in Survey Methodology at the University of Michigan (part of the Joint Program in Survey Methodology, JPSM). He has over 15 years of experience in survey design, implementation, and methodology experimentation. As Survey Methodologist for the California Health Interview Survey (CHIS), he has collaborated with the influential Williams Institute – the UCLA-based LGBT law and public policy think tank  to design and test gender identity questions in CHIS. This work has already begun to influence federal recommendations and practices on SOGI measurement.

His work on sexual orientation measurement has been published in the American Journal of Public Health. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at JPSM (University of Maryland) and the Graduate Program in Survey Research (UConn) where he teaches data collection. He is a member of AAPOR and PAPOR.

About the Location

The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research (CHPR) is located on the 15th floor of 10960 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 1550 (large dark grey/black building at the corner of Wilshire and Gayle between Westwood and Veteran). The building has an Equinox sign on the corner. Newcomers are often confused by the large “UCLA” sign on 10920 Wilshire Blvd, 2 buildings east (UCLA Wilshire Center). Do not go there! Many UCLA offices are there, but not us! Once inside the lobby of 10960, take east-side elevators to the 15th floor (on the left if entering from Wilshire, on the right if entering from the back of the building, but note that only this bank of elevators goes to 15).   From there you should see a sign for the short course and entrance to CHPR. Our conference room is immediately to the right inside CHPR, and someone will be there to sign you in.

Parking in Westwood Village and near 10960 Wilshire is ample, but varies widely in price. Our building has a parking structure attached, accessed from the west side of the building. Parking rates there are $25 for the day. Access this lot from Gayley. See more info here:

The residential area behind the building has street/metered parking availabilities mostly with a two-hour time limit. There is plentiful parking in the surrounding blocks, including Westwood Village, within a 5-10 min walk from CHPR. Prices range $12-25 per day.” We are also close to many LA Metro, Santa Monica, and Culver City bus lines, and bus lines that connect to the new Expo Line light rail station (Expo/Rancho Park on Westwood Blvd).

Regretfully we cannot validate parking.