It’s all about semantics

There are numerous ways to measure attitudes and beliefs. Many have been covered in this blog previously. One of my favorites is the semantic differential. Unlike Likert scales, which measure level of agreement, the semantic differential exposes the respondent to a series of paired statements more

Avoiding the Yes Men

As market researchers, and survey researchers in general, it is our job to ensure the instruments we create are as free of potential bias as possible. This is accomplished through diligence in survey and sample design. Yet, as hard as we try it is often difficult to avoid all forms of more

Scales Based on Multiple Response Questions

Not all scales in market research need be of the Likert, Semantic Differential, or Constant Sum variety. They don’t have to involve Bayesian theory like the extensions of Maximum Difference Scaling do. In fact, sometimes the simplest approach truly is the best. The multiple response format is more

The Final Four: Ways to Collect Data in Survey Research

When we strip away the glamor, the surveys we create and administer are nothing more than data collection platforms. Novice researchers may focus on basic question types, but as we expand our skills the more astute researcher realizes there are many ways to capture data through the questions more

Say, Just What is a Likert Scale Anyway?

If you have been around survey research for any length of time you have come across the ubiquitous Likert scale. But, do you ever wonder what the Likert scale really is? This question format and its strongly agree to strongly disagree framework is a staple for in the pantry of questions we use more

Using Binary Scales to Shorten a Survey

In consumer or B2B marketing research, as in life in general, there is typically more than one way to ask a question. Some of these methods are easier on the part of the survey respondent, while others although a bit more complicated yield richer results for our survey data analysis. When we more

Survey Crime: Unlawful Use of Bias

Most surveyors are constantly looking for ways to reduce survey bias that naturally sneaks into their questionnaires. One way to help reduce bias is to randomize survey question answer choices. Failure to randomize answer choices can result in order bias because there is a natural tendency to more

Doing Matrix Questions Right

Data quality and integrity needs to be at the core of what we as consumer and B2B market researchers deliver to our clients. With that said there are design techniques that we can employ that will encourage better respondent behavior and move the needle toward our goal of delivering quality more

3 Tips for Achieving the Right Balance in Questionnaire Design

There is a time when we as consumer and B2B market researchers have to step back and remind ourselves to keep it simple. This was brought to my attention by the recent spate of political campaign signs going up around the area.Political campaigns are famous for brevity, although the politicians more

Testing the Web with Spider Charts

Visually appealing data can sway an audience. Data reported in bland columns and rows of a spreadsheet can put the same audience to sleep. Ok so that maybe true, but which chart to choose? This is a difficult question for most analysts who want to balance visual impact with ease of creation.One more
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