OMG! Texting ups truthfulness, new iPhone study suggests

Sending a text message (Image by Thinkstock)ANN ARBOR, Mich. – Text messaging is a surprisingly good way to get candid responses to sensitive questions, according to a new study to be presented this week at the annual meeting of the American Association for Public Opinion Research. Continue reading

Authors donate royalties to advance Survey Methodology

Professor Jim Lepkowski (left) and his fellow authors donated royalties from their survey methodology textbook to benefit student education and research, including the work of Charles Cannell Fund Award recipient Ashley Bowers (right).

Professor Jim Lepkowski (left) and his fellow authors donated royalties from their survey methodology textbook to benefit student education and research, including the work of Charles Cannell Fund Award recipient Ashley Bowers (right).

Survey methodology ­— the analysis of sources of error in surveys, including the bias and variability that affect data quality — has long been a field of study, but typically as an addendum to such concentrations as sociology or statistics.

Six experts associated with the Institute for Social Research (ISR) are looking to heighten survey methodology’s stature as a distinct academic discipline by supporting graduate students focusing on this important area. Continue reading