ALP - About The Panel

In 2003, the RAND Corporation received a five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging to study methodological issues of internet interviewing among an older population. RAND researchers collaborated on this project with researchers at the University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study.

Since then, the American Life Panel has expanded from 800 panel members in 2003, ages 40 and older, to currently over 6000 panel members, ages 18 and older. We have fielded over 430 surveys, data of which can be accessed by registered users through our data pages. About 35 different research groups have conducted surveys using the panel. The ALP currently has over 600 registered users from numerous institutions, both in the United States and in Europe.

The number and diversity of ALP clients and users has also increased over the years and includes the Federal Reserve Banks of Boston and New York, the Social Security Administration, Harvard University, Dartmouth College, University of Southern California, UC Berkeley, University of Pennsylvania, and Tilburg University (Netherlands).

Additional information about the history of the panel, panel composition, attrition and response rates, demographics, and weighting can be found on our website.