Methodology and misuse of research

July 24, 2006 at 10:09 am 3 comments

I’m always surprised at the number of published research results that fail to explain how they came to gather/analyse the results they are promoting. Related to this, you have the issue of results being misused, embellished or taken out of context. Constantin Basturea tells the interesting tale of how results from a quick poll of 50 website visitors became a poll of “300 business communicators” in a later publication. He only found this out after being curious about the poll results and requesting details of the methodology.

Personally, I think it’s always wise to publish information about your methodology for evaluation projects, particularly if the results are published and freely available. That’s what we did for the evaluation of the LIFT06 conference, publishing the results and the methodology. Then hopefully your results are not taken out of context and the methodology is available for review and criticism.

Glenn

Entry filed under: Evaluation methodology, Evaluation tools (surveys, interviews..), PR evaluation, Training evaluation.

Measurement Summit, September 2006 Methodology and misuse of research – part 2

3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. RAJNEESH SHARMA  |  September 4, 2006 at 7:13 am

    send me evaluation tools for the measurement of COMMUNICATION IN A CORPORATION AND QUESTIONNAIRE FOR EMPLOYEES, SUPPLIERS, COMMUNITY, MEDIA GOVERNMENT ETS
    I’MLOOKING FORWARD FOR URS REPLY

    THANKS
    RAJNEESH SHARMA
    PHD CANDIDATE
    PR INDIA

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  • 2. Glenn  |  September 12, 2006 at 7:51 pm

    Good information can be found on this website:

    http://www.simply-communicate.com/index.html

    kind regards
    Glenn

    Reply
  • […] 26, 2006 As I wrote in a previous post, research results are sometimes misused (that’s nothing new…) and we are often given […]

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