cApStAn @ E-ATP 2016


cApStAn is pleased to announce that we are speaking at this year’s 2016 Gaining Advantage through Assessment conference hosted by the European Division of the Association of Test Publishers (E-ATP). This year’s conference, to be held 28-30 September at the Penha Longa Resort in Lisbon, Portugal, will focus on assessing and developing lifelong learners.

Don’t miss the Ignite Presentation by Steve Dept: Translatability Assessment: A collaborative effort between linguists and test developers.

The Gaining Advantage through Assessment conference, now in its eighth year, provides a unique learning and networking opportunity for a wide cross-section of professionals working with assessments. To learn more and to register for Gaining Advantage through Assessment, visit the E-ATP website at We hope to see you there.

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cApStAn @ 3MC conference



The CSDI organized its second 3MC Conference from July 25 to July 29 this year: eminent researchers and survey practitioners concerned with survey methodology and practice in comparative contexts came together in Chicago. Survey needs and methods in multicultural, multinational, and multilingual contexts are cApStAn’s daily bread, and we didn’t want to miss out on this opportunity. cApStAn was a Silver Sponsor of the 3MC Conference, chaired a couple of sessions and contributed three papers. One of them was an invited paper: Advantages and Limitations of Documentation of a Survey Translation and Monitoring Process, by Dorothée Behr (GESIS), Steve Dept (cApStAn) and Elica Krajčeva (cApStAn). This paper will become a chapter of an edited volume presenting state-of-the-art research and practice to be published with John Wiley & Sons after the Conference.

The other two were Six cost-effective modules that considerably improve a master questionnaire before the actual transadaptation process begins, by Musab Hayatli and Manuel Souto Pico, and Trend Measurement In International Assessment Surveys, by Andrea Ferrari and Musab Hayatli.

Presentations will soon be available on the Conference website:

Most of all, discussions with researchers allow us to reframe and review our methodology by presenting it for critical discussion with some of the finest researchers in the field. At this edition of the 3MC, we learnt a lot, reconnected with colleagues, examined approaches that usefully complement our linguistic quality assurance framework, and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, too.

StevecApStAn @ 3MC conference
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