The American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) recently awarded its 2018 Warren J. Mitofsky Innovator's Award to the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication (YPCCC) for its work to model climate and energy opinions at state and local scales. Matto is one of the project leads on this research project, a long-term research effort he has been spearheading for the past 6 years. Matto's climate and energy downscaling work has resulted in a number of high profile publications, coverage on the front page of the NY Times, and extensive attention within advocacy communities.
The Warren J. Mitofsky Innovators Award recognizes accomplishments in the fields of public opinion and survey research that occurred in the past ten years or that had their primary impact on the field during the past decade. In the award citation, AAPOR commended the team for its use of a "new statistical method to downscale national public opinion estimates using multiple regression and post stratification (MRP) survey data collection methodology."