Debora Mackenzie, in the New Scientist reports on the AAPOR censure:
AAPOR charges that by refusing “to answer even basic questions” about data and methods, Burnham is preventing other researchers from evaluating his conclusions.
According to New Scientist’s investigation, however, Burnham has sent his data and methods to other researchers, who found it sufficient. A spokesman for the Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins, where Burnham works, says the school advised him not to send his data to AAPOR, as the group has no authority to judge the research. The “correct forum”, it says, is the scientific literature. …
“I know that they have shared the data for reanalysis with others, including some vociferous critics,” says Richard Garfield of Columbia University in New York, who has analysed mortality studies in Iraq. “So I am not sure what the censure really is about.”
In fact, in March 2008, AAPOR’s own journal, Public Opinion Quarterly, published an analysis of Burnham’s Iraq survey by David Marker of Westat, a consultancy in Maryland that designs surveys. “I received the dataset they distributed. I also saw presentations they made about their methodology and they responded to a number of inquiries I made,” he says.
The AAPOR press release does not mention this and misleads by implying that Burnham would not share their data.