Social research: Getting the best from your research agency

I recently published an article with advice for agencies wanting to grow their public sector research base. My focus here is a little different; it’s aimed at helping client-side researchers get the best from their agencies. I’ve written this from a ‘client-side’ perspective, but many of my learnings have come from experience in the private […]

Growing your public sector research portfolio

Having spent over a decade in the private sector pitching for social research (and winning!), and now a year as a client, I’ve discovered a few things it might be helpful to know if you plan to grow your public sector client base. I’ve written the points below from a client perspective, but many of […]

Why the polls get things wrong

Just posted this in reply to an article on LinkedIn. Thought it could also go here… Folks trying to explain polls often seem to look for one or two sources of error. Even the UK polling enquiry seemed to be looking for that ‘one big thing’ and appeared to discount small issues that could have made a […]

Some big news, for me

Two pieces of news that are kind of a big deal, for me. Firstly, I’m ditching my landline! I’m not a student and I’m not in a low income band, so make of that what you will. Secondly, after 10 June I will no longer be a pollster. I have resigned from my current role […]

The public sector fixation on high response rates

In my current role I spend a good portion of my time responding to requests for proposals from government agencies. I really like working with social sector clients, because their research often needs to be highly defensible and robust, and because I prefer to spend my time on research that can make a positive difference. […]