Dr. Y. Patrick Hsieh is a survey methodologist and digital sociologist within the Survey Research Division’s Program for Research in Survey Methodology (PRISM). He has more than 10 years of research experience and is an expert in integrating digital technologies and technology-enabled research practices into survey methodology to innovate research design and improve data quality. Specifically, Dr. Hsieh’s expertise includes developing and conducting mixed-method research, designing and testing traditional and web-based questionnaires for individual or establishment surveys, developing and evaluating online research sample recruitment plans for both general and hard-to-reach populations, including the use of commercial opinion panels, crowdsourcing recruitment strategies, and social media advertising campaigns. Drawing on his proficiency in web survey programming across survey platforms, Patrick leads an internal web survey programming working group, coordinating task assignments and providing programming consultation to research projects.
Dr. Hsieh’s methodological research focused on incorporating new communication technologies such as mobile phones and social media into questionnaires as a form of recall aids. He also examined participant behavior and data quality in using technology-enabled practices, such as crowdsourcing and citizen science, to collect research data. Dr. Hsieh’s substantive research experiences concerned the implications of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for social relationships and digital inequalities in people’s social, psychological, and economic well-being.