U.S. Census Director Robert Groves: Exclusive Research Access Interview

Dr. Robert Groves

I am very pleased and proud to present the Research Access interview of Dr. Robert Groves, Director of the U.S. Census. I conducted the interview on-site at the Census Bureau headquarters on May 23rd. I would like to thank Dr. Groves as well as staff members at the Bureau who made this interview possible.  Here’s […]

A New Use for Online Surveys?


Earlier this week a computer science professor made an unusual promise as he announced a run for political office in Vermont. Jeremy Hansen, an assistant professor at Norwich University, is proposing to give regular citizens a vote – on everything – should he be elected to the State Senate. In his words, he will “provide […]

Submit Your Questions for Census Director Robert Groves (And Win an Amazon Gift Card!)

Dr. Robert Groves

I have some exciting news. Our humble blog has been granted an exclusive interview with the U.S. Census Director, Dr. Robert Groves. The videotaped interview will take place this Wednesday, May 23rd, at the headquarters of the Census Bureau in Suitland, Maryland. Conducting this interview is a great way for us to continue the mission […]

You’re No Statesman, Daniel Webster

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Legend has it there was a time in the history of the United States Congress when great statesmen debated the issues of the day. 19th Century Massachusetts Senator Daniel Webster is considered by historians to be one of the greatest statesmen in the history of the United States Congress. Today we have another Daniel Webster […]

5 Awesome Free Online Data Tools from the U.S. Census


Too often in the day to day business of research, we forget that there’s an astounding set of data resources provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Doubtless other U.S. federal agencies and statistical agencies in other countries have some nice data goodies for us, but the U.S. Census Bureau is the treasure trove. Here are […]

Exactly How Responsible Are We For Privacy?


Facebook recently entered a settlement with the Federal Trade Commission admitting all manner of fraud in its privacy policies.  The list of violations admitted are shocking enough to make the most hardened among us blush. Here is the list of violations to which Facebook admitted, from the FTC announcement. “Facebook changed its website so certain […]

Liquor Privatization Initiative Accurately Pegged by Pre-Election Online Survey


Survey Analytics is pleased to report that our recent poll of King County, Washington voters called the outcome of the State of Washington’s liquor privatization initiative with a high degree of precision. Our political poll marks an exciting and innovative, new approach whereby public opinion researchers, public affairs firms, political consultants and political campaigns themselves […]

Election Polls: 5 Tips For Navigating the Clutter

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Tomorrow is Election Day here in the States.  The big vote (for President) isn’t until next year, but we have the usual spate of races for local offices as well as a wide range of citizen-initiated referenda on everything from the mundane (bond measures) to the highly divisive (social issues). As the expected avalanche of […]

Mobile Polling of the State of the Union

Tomorrow night, President Barack Obama will deliver his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. Every major political event, but especially a presidential address, is always soon followed by a slew of polling information conducted by media outlets, analyst firms, and so on. We’ll hear news stories that tell us how […]

How Crowdsourcing is used at FEMA

One of the most interesting and seemingly impactful uses of crowdsourcing technology seems to be taking place within governments. (We’ve talked about this before with Bev Godwin of the GSA and  Haley VanDyck of the FCC.) Recently, Craig Fugate, Administrator of the US Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) posted to the White House Blog about […]