It’s the sampling, stupid! (Part 3)

In two previous posts I commented on the difficulties that pollsters face getting representative samples regardless of the methodology they choose. Those difficulties vary depending on the broad approach to sampling (probability vs. nonprobability), but in all cases it takes a deep knowledge of the target population, a science-based approach, and a little luck to […]

96% of Americans are not shopping online

A week or so ago my email included news of a new study breathlessly announcing, “96 percent of Americans are shopping online.” That number struck me as high since the very idea that 96% of Americans even use the Internet sounded like a stretch. So I asked Google, “How many Americans use the Internet?” First […]

ESOMAR and GRBN on Online Research

I wear several different hats including that of a consultant to the ESOMAR Professional Standards Committee. In that capacity I work with teams charged with developing guidance on the ethical and legal issues researchers confront when working with different research methods. In 2015 ESOMAR joined with the Global Research Business Network (GRBN) to develop a […]