Most surveys of alcohol-use ask about behaviors and patterns that happen days, weeks months or even years ago. It's all retrospective recollection from study participants. It's useful for identifying general trends but it's fraught with measurement errors. And when the topic of the study is binge drinking, errors involving memory can increase. -- even if you're asking the question the next day.Read More
ext messages (also known as Short Message Service, or SMS) are more and more becoming the go-to medium of communication. This especially is the case for today’s college students, who seem to conduct their social and even business lives completely via their smartphone.
Scott Crawford and the team at SoundRocket looked at the data surrounding the efficacy of using SMS when surveying college students, resulting in a presentation at the 2013 American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) Conference.Read More
It has been a while since I have communicated about the importance of checklists. It feels that the time is right to do so again... as it will become a more and more important element to what we do as we grow.Read More
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 :-)Read More
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!Read More