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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All Bound For Morningtown!

In the children’s songs, Morningtown ride (1957 Malvina Reynolds), girls and boys under their blankets are “All bound for Morningtown/Many miles away.”  This refrain is repeated until near the end when we hear that “Somewhere there is Morningtown/Many miles away.” I sang this song many times (badly) to my boys.  The technique of indicating there’s […]

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Today in History: June 13th

Disaster: A jury in Alaska blames the Exxon Valdez disaster on recklessness by Exxon and the Captain (1994). Politics: Brain Mulroney is replaced by Kim Campbell as Progressive Conservative leader (1993). Communications: The New York Times publishes portions of the Pentagon Papers, which detailed U.S. involvement in Viet Nam.

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