Focus Groups

  I’ve written often about the concerns I have with research techniques.  This column was inspired by my attendance at a focus group.   I was just asked to attend some focus groups and I was reminded of the dozen or so reasons I don’t like them.   First, rich and busy people usually won’t […]

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Research Design Issues

  I have many concerns about the quality of research conducted in political campaigns, by those governing and by industrialists.  I even see those in the not-for-profit sector spending precious money on unproductive research.  “Original” research in universities is often only conducted at the doctoral level.  Research that is done often involves relatively unproductive statistical […]

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Today in History: May 11th

Disaster: A fire at a soccer stadium in England kills 50 people (1985). Politics: Prime Minister Pearson meets with President Kennedy and announces Canada will buy nuclear war heads (1963). Negotiation: The German delegation is not pleased with conditions in the Treaty of Versailles, which ends World War I (1919).

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