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Peter Mouncey

A very thought provoking article with this title was published in the Guardian in the Journal section on 19 th January by William Davies .
IJMR special issue The USA has a new president-elect this week, but was this the result that the USA pollsters expected?  The polls were showing a close race for the White House, but the majority predicted a slight Clinton lead, which turned out to be false.
This is the title of a new discussion paper recently published by The Alliance for Useful Evidence . The principle underlying the paper is that simply providing access to evidence does not mean that it will be used.
Who will succeed in the new age of data discovery? We asked a panel of four international experts across academia and business to share their views on where the world of insight is going, and how it is adapting to a data-rich, connected, and social world.
One major accusation levelled at the pollsters in their failure to correctly predict the likely outcome of the UK general election back in May was that their incorrect forecasts influenced both the intentions of voters, and the strategies of the political parties.
As many of you will know, the British Polling Council (BPC) and MRS have launched an inquiry into the performance of the opinion polls in the UK preceding the May general election.
GreenBook provided a 'Sneak Peek' of the findings from their latest GRIT (Research Industry Trends) survey in a webinar on May 14th, with a panel of research sector leaders to discuss the key points.
In the latest issue of IJMR, we are publishing three papers on the theme of measurement formats. The first is a comprehensive literature review, by Callegaro et al, that in addition to summarising 'best practice' in the search for 'truth' in data collection, also identifies gaps in current published knowledge in this field.
I'll let you into a secret – maths was NOT my strong point at grammar school. I never really got the hang of algebra, and the maths teacher I had for several years did little to stimulate interest and understanding in his students.
As we enter 2015, electioneering in the UK has already started, up front of May's general election. Is this going to be a difficult time for the pollsters, especially following on from their perceived performance in predicting the outcome of last September's referendum in Scotland on independence? All the signs point to a complex situation, with the possible annihilation of the Liberals; the rise of UKIP; the increasing support for the SNP in Scotland, possibly causing Labour a lot of grief; the role of the Green vote.
In my last blog, I wrote about the risks to anonymity facing participants in confidential research projects if we don't give sufficient thought to the risk posed from creative analysts accessing survey data.
We, I mean members of the MRS Market Research Standards Board, spent a lot of early 2014 finalising the revised Code of Conduct, published by the MRS this autumn.
In a recent blog, I focussed on a presentation by Mike Page (Blueocean) at September's ASC conference.
I've already selected one Landmark paper that focused on the importance of Census data to market research, that by Baker et al (' The utility to market research of the classification of residential neighbourhoods ') originally presented at the 1979 MRS Conference and reprinted in JMR Vol.
The Association of Survey Computing (ASC) held their second one day conference of 2014 at Imperial College, London, on September 26th on the theme of 'Making connections: unleashing the power of data'.
'Polls failed to predict such a decisive result' That was the headline for an article by Alberto Nardelli on Saturday morning in the Guardian discussing the performance of the opinion polls following the decisive 'No' vote in the Scottish referendum.
The title of this blog comes from a new 51 page report, Big Data and Data Protection, published on 28 July by the Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) in the UK.
The latest Landmark Paper is drawn from the two special issues of JMRS, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the MRS.