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13 Threats to Survey Accuracy

Way back in 1944, Edwards Deming published an article in the American Sociological Review that could be required reading for anybody who does research today.  He outlined all potential (and unfortunately, common) sources of error in survey research. Apparently our contemporary obsession with sample sizes, random samples, response rates, and margins of error is not…

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Online Surveys Have Same Accuracy as Phone

A new study presented by two professors from Harvard University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst was probably one of the liveliest and potentially disruptive presentations at least week’s annual meeting of the American Association of Public Opinion Research (AAPOR) in Phoenix. Why?  Because their research challenges the beliefs of many AAPOR-ites who disregard…

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Genetics Affect Whether You Take Surveys

Despite having been on the front lines of social research for twenty five years, interviewing respondents personally and eliciting data through surveys, I still feel somewhat surprised and disbelieving that people really want to participate in research.  But they do.  Sometimes eagerly.  Almost always truthfully.  Surely, my surprise stems from my own reluctance to fill…