Surveying Surveys

2/4/13

The Power of Numbers

Numbers are an interesting thing. We all have an innate sense of quantities, but numbers are a culturally agreed upon format for representing those quantities. When we are trying to convey quantitative information to other people, the choice between “7 days” vs. “1 week” or “100 out of 300” vs. “1 out of 3” often […]

By Kate DarwentRead More

11/9/12

Unusual Questions Asked in the U.S. Census

Kevin recently taught a class on how to use U.S. Census data, and did a little historical research on census questions. He discovered a few questions asked in the past that may seem a little odd today, though they likely were quite relevant during their particular time period. They’re paraphrased below. 1. 1850 Census – […]

By Kevin RainesRead More

10/19/12

Beer and politics

While we typically steer clear of politics here, preferring to remain the unbiased, neutral party, we do not steer clear of items related to beer. Four years ago, I posted a blog post about the numerous alternative polls being used to predict the election, from Halloween masks to cookies. This year, instead of showing more […]

By David KennedyRead More

10/18/12

Asking survey questions that measure what you are trying to measure

It’s a common problem seen in market research – asking one question to imply the answer to another. Sometimes it’s unavoidable- when writing a survey, you can’t show your hand and let participants know the information you are really looking for. However, too often interpretations and decisions are made not by faulty data, but by […]

By David KennedyRead More

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3/15/12

Looking at survey responses by audience

First, let me say, “Happy March Madness” to all of our followers as the men’s NCAA basketball tournament kicks off today.  We’re all in the office working today at Corona—still settling into the new space—but that doesn’t mean we can’t talk about the tournament every once in a while, right? Here’s a graph from ESPN.com […]

By Todd StoltenbergRead More

1/6/12

How many people actually cut the cords?

Reconciling survey data with the real world. A recent survey from Deloitte found that one in five U.S. residents say they have either cut the cord (i.e., cancelled cable or satellite service) or are thinking about doing it. Nine percent of survey respondents indicated they have recently “cut the cord” while another eleven percent are […]

By David KennedyRead More

9/13/10

Taking care of respondents

We’ve commented before how survey length can impact participants and data quality, but it is also important to respect respondents in other ways too. Set expectations. Inform them of the length, topic, nature of questions, etc.  Don’t lead them to believe one thing then surprise them on the survey with another. Allow them to opt […]

By David KennedyRead More

8/30/10

External forces impacting research

When you conduct a singular research study you’re measuring a snapshot of attitudes, awareness, and actions.  However, research doesn’t happen in a vacuum and it is important to remember how outside factors may be impacting your results (yes, control groups can help, but if the external force is great enough, it will be tough to […]

By David KennedyRead More

5/4/10

Asking questions in a vacuum

Think polls make things a little too simple sometimes?  Ever wonder why reality didn’t measure up to expectations (that came from a poll or survey question)? The Economist summed it up nicely in an article from last week’s edition. When asked whether they supported a variety of issues, most people showed strong support.  However, when […]

By David KennedyRead More

4/5/10

Opt-in panels vs. probability samples

At Corona Insights we never use opt-in panels for online survey research.  (Opt-in panels are those where the members have sought out the panel and signed up to take surveys, usually in order to earn cash or rewards.)  Many opt-in panels exist and they are widely used in some circles of market research (primarily because […]

By Beth MulliganRead More