An Ode to Amazing Women

My great grandmother Mollye was left-handed like me. Her sister Maude ran away to join the circus...

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My Data Driven Approach to New Year’s Resolutions

Every December, I love to do a year-end assessment of my life and plan for the new year ahead.

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My Biggest Culture Shock Ever – And What it Means for Your Research

When I worked in research for public relations agencies, it was pretty typical for an account team to send a survey out to the office to get input on something (like a campaign idea or a tagline) that they were working on for a pitch or even for an existing client.

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Happy Lefthanders Day!

One of the things lefties are known for is being awesome at “divergent thinking,” or looking at different ways to solve a problem.

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Moderating Tips Learned at the Bar

I’m always looking for parallels between my research life and my non-research life. Just as playing the ukulele made me a better report writer and ordering decaf coffee influenced my questionnaire

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It Only Took Me Ten Years…

…but I finally took a vacation! A real, unplugged, no wi-fi, locked up my phone kind of vacation. I had all kinds of worries before I did this: “My clients

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Thank you for choosing me for your research journey

As the year starts to wind down, I want to thank you for being on this journey with me. “What journey?” I can hear you wondering. Let me explain. Making

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It’s that time of year again. My inbox is full of holiday greetings from every research vendor who has me on their mailing list. I know it’s the thought that

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I’m teaching Questionnaire Design again this summer at the University of Michigan’s Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques. I have a really diverse group of students: three of them work at the

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Better late than never…  

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I love this quote, but I’m starting to wonder if it’s a good approach to research. One company I work with has a promise on their website that they will

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Last week I went to moderator training at RIVA.  It’s one of the best known training centers for qualitative researchers, and I’d been wanting to go for several years (and

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David Letterman is on his way out, but in his honor, here’s a top 10 list. 1. Getting locked in a strange Indian family’s bathroom after an in-home interview. The respondent

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I found a journal I kept while working on an evaluation of two residential drug treatment facilities. Some excerpts:   March 2002: Just finished my first week! The director of the facility said

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A few weeks ago I wrote about one of my early jobs, interviewing inmates in maximum security prisons. I loved interviewing, but it was only part of what I did at

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I moved to New Orleans last year, and I’ve just survived my first Mardi Gras! (That’s me on Mardi Gras day.) If you’ve never experienced it, Mardi Gras is a

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