Is your data quality suffering?

How long is too long? This is a question being asked more frequently in market research circles. It is certainly a topic I have devoted much time to, for the simple reason that lengthy and complex surveys make it more difficult for all researchers to collect valid and reliable data. I delve deeper...read more

Advancing the State of Survey Logic

Every survey has some form of logic inherent to it. I posit the following definition: Surveys are an ordered, logical set of questions presented to respondents, who meet basic criteria, for the purpose of informing a broader set of decisions. As survey authors we establish the logic used in our...read more

What is in a Dichotomy?

By definition a dichotomy has two parts. In the framework of survey design, dichotomous questions have two possible answer choices. The most common being the Yes/No dichotomy. Other options include: True/False Male/Female (although it is becoming increasingly common to see transgender) Up to 45/Over...read more

Sorting the Wheat from the Chaf: Determining Significance in Survey Data

As market researchers it is our task to sort the wheat from the chaff. Whether the data is from a survey or customer transactions it is our function to extrapolate meaning and educate those who can do something with it. When we dig into the details underlying our data we are often confronted with a...read more

Know Your Rows and Columns: How to do a Cross Tabulation Analysis

Data can be analyzed in numerous ways. There are a few go to methods that every researcher needs to be proficient with. The tool of choice for diving into survey data is the crosstabulation. There are fancier multivariate techniques, and those have their place, but for everyday use the crosstab is...read more

You're Not Lucky with Data Alone: Acting on Your Survey Data

You’ve set up a survey program. Good. You’ve sent out your survey. Great. You’ve received an overwhelming amount of responses. Even better. But just because your responses are overflowing doesn’t mean you’re lucky and can just start thinking about your next survey. Now you need to put your data into...read more

How to Make Your Survey Data Easier to Understand and Act On

Data is really having a moment right now. Not only has “big data” become a regular buzzword in business circles, data scientists are in high demand, and companies are becoming more reliant on analytics to make decisions. We're expected to know our consumer, employee, and attendee preferences better...read more

New School Ad Testing with Market Research Surveys

The old school for ad testing involved bringing large numbers of people of various demographics together and showing them ads embedded in pilot television show. This was coupled with two surveys, a pre-exposure survey and a post-test assessment following the programming and ad exposure. Enter the...read more

Making the Most of Your Training Initiatives

Employee learning (training and development) initiatives are no small piece of the pie when it comes to organization’s budgets. According to ATD’s 2013 States of the Industry report, organizations spent $164.2 billion on employee learning in 2012. Of this, 61% was spent internally. Training and...read more

What the Biggest Political Polling Mistakes in History can Teach us about Surveys

Polls have been used to try and predict the outcome of important political races for centuries. The first poll was a modest straw poll conducted by the Harrisburg Pennsylvanian newspaper in attempt to determine the 1824 presidential election. Today, as we approach the 2014 mid-term elections, our...read more
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