How to Keep Innovating Your Research Methods

How to Keep Innovating Your Research Methods

If you ever have trouble separating all the hype of new methods and technology from the reality of whether those methods work, turn to the sober and decidedly non-hyped world of academic research.  Some of the smartest people in the world build their careers by pursuing scientific research about research methods.  They publish their results…

The Best Place to Learn All Things Data

The Best Place to Learn All Things Data

Every year I peruse the listings of summer college training courses on research methods. Part of it is nostalgia—I loved school. But I’m also looking for courses that will keep me and our Versta employees at the forefront of new knowledge and research techniques. (I didn’t learn R in graduate school, so yes, I took…

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Research Good Enough for Judicial Review

I recently came across this strange big book, the Reference Manual on Scientific Evidence, compiled by the Federal Judicial Center and the National Research Council.  It’s not fun reading, but it provides an enormously useful and fascinating overview of what makes social and marketing research (and other kinds of scientific research, too) sufficiently rigorous to…

Perils and Pitfalls of Social Media for Research

Perils and Pitfalls of Social Media for Research

It’s been four years since the AMA convened a panel of thought leaders in market research to ponder questions about how social media fits into research practices and methods.  An excerpt of our discussion was published in Marketing News in 2010.  Last month, another top industry group (AAPOR) released its Emerging Technologies Task Force report…

New Approaches for Faster (& Cheaper) Research

New Approaches for Faster (& Cheaper) Research

When customers talk about wanting faster and cheaper research, we’ve learned they’re not clamoring for all research to be faster and cheaper than ever before. Rather, they’re looking for new methods and niche solutions that fit specific problems they face.  The distinction is crucial, because the first pushes us to automate, routinize, outsource, and make…