SoundRocket Founder to Speak at FEDCASIC Workshop

SoundRocket Founder to Speak at FEDCASIC Workshop

If you would like to spot some serious survey nerds while enjoying the Cherry Blossoms in Washington, D.C. this year, step on down to the Bureau of Labor Statistics where SoundRocket founder Scott D. Crawford will be presenting at the The Federal Computer Assisted Survey Information Collection (FEDCASIC) Workshop. Scott will be presenting "Best Practices in Consent to Capture Geolocation Data in Self-Administered Web Surveys" in the Wednesday afternoon session on Advances in the Use of Location Data.  

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ICYMI: Seven tips for effective web-based survey testing

ICYMI: Seven tips for effective web-based survey testing

Testing a web-based survey is one of the most detested activities to many in the survey research business. From a 2016 post, here are seven tips to better web-based survey testing practices for your next study. You're welcome :-)

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Evaluating Nonresponse Bias in a Longitudinal Study of Healthy Adults Receiving Genome Sequencing

Evaluating Nonresponse Bias in a Longitudinal Study of Healthy Adults Receiving Genome Sequencing

We know your survey is exciting and will divulge important findings; you know your survey is exciting and will divulge important findings. But darn those who don’t know this and so don’t participate. Or worse – those who do know this, but choose not to participate for some other reason. Their nonresponse can create uncertainty in how accurate our survey results actually are.  If only we could survey robots or well-trained dogs who followed our instructions instead of people!

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SOUNDROCKET COLLABORATION: MSL ENTERS NEW PHASE OF GROWTH WITH RECORD EARLY ENROLLMENT & PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR TRANSITION TO THE ASPEN INSTITUTE

SOUNDROCKET COLLABORATION: MSL ENTERS NEW PHASE OF GROWTH WITH RECORD EARLY ENROLLMENT & PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR TRANSITION TO THE ASPEN INSTITUTE

As preparations have begun for another implementation of the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL), and with nearly 60 schools enrolled for the MSL2018 implementation (a record enrollment for the study at this stage of early recruitment), study Principal Investigator (PI) Dr. John P. Dugan has announced his move to The Aspen Institute as their Director of Program Quality, Design, & Assessment.

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Are we truly innovating in social science research, or are we just building better rope?

When I think of innovation in survey research, I think of innovation in our "sister" field of land surveying.  (A field I think of too often as I correct confused extended relatives about the type of surveys that I'm involved in.)

In 2600 B.C. Egypt, "rope stretchers" were some of the first land surveyors.  They stretched rope to measure land distances.  But rope had its flaws - it was often weak, stretched, expensive, and in large amounts could be very heavy.  Small innovations took place...

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Research Wonder: Heart Rate and Body Movement as Survey Quality Paradata?

It seems inevitable - when many of us are wearing devices like smart watches and step counters that can also monitor our heart rate and even track movement while we sleep, when will that technology cross over into survey research? It seems...

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12 Pre-launch Checklist Steps to Quality Survey Data Collections (Part 2)

Use this as a checklist for your own studies - or as a tool to evaluate survey research collaborators.  Researchers who do not consider each of these elements will make disastrous mistakes.  A solid researcher is not one who is perfect - it is one who learns from past mistakes.  Here are the final six (of twelve)...

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