CNN Survey Data Analytics: Explaining the Covid-19 Comfort Gap by Political Party

Conformity Bias: How Social Desirability Can Affect Survey Research

Conformity Bias occurs when the respondent gives an answer that is socially desirable rather than an answer that reflects their true feelings. This bias in the data compromises the value of the data and our analysis.

Effective Survey Invitations in the Age of Short Attention Spans

An effective survey invitation gets people to click through to the survey itself. That requires, first and foremost, that we have to get the audience member’s attention. Engagement in each step is critical. This article will provide suggestions.

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MassMoves Report – Misleading Research on Transportation Priorities in Massachusetts

MassMove report on transportation priorities in Massachusetts does not have sound methodology and should not be used as the basis for decision making. It’s a wonderful example of how to concoct a research program to deliver the “findings” the sponsor wants. Shame on the Mass State Senate.

Biased Survey Samples

Meaningful survey results require a valid questionnaire and an unbiased administration of the survey. The CTE brain trauma study of NFL players used biased survey samples, which clouds conclusions from the study.

Non-Response Bias: Every Researcher’s Dread and Every Politician’s Dream

In the survey research world, so-called non-response bias is an ever growing challenge for solid, viable research, even if many people simply ignore the threat. Election seasons present a great opportunity to explain the concept.

Why? Because non-response bias is a threat to credible survey research, but it’s the goal of every politician! Politicians want a specific result and creating a non-response bias is part of the process of winning an election, even if it’s a bit unsavory to say so.

Survey Statistical Accuracy Defined

Survey accuracy numbers tell us how much we should believe the survey results as an indicator of how group of interest feels. This article describes how to interpret accuracy numbers and the the factors that affect accuracy.

Survey Sample Size Calculator

We offer a free Excel-based survey sample size calculator. Here we discuss how to use it and provide a form to request the calculator.