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District of Columbia Civic Engagement Makes Local Government Forms Work!

Have you ever received a government form and struggled to complete it? Maybe you were confused by the instructions, unsure which boxes to use to enter information, or scratching your head about the terminology. You are not alone! We’ve all struggled at times with completing what we think should be a simple form. Although they can give us a headache at times, forms are absolutel ...

Fors Marsh Group’s Learning Technologies Division Wins Contract With U.S. Air Force

The United States Air Force has awarded Fors Marsh Group (FMG) a contract to improve financial literacy and retirement planning understanding within the enlisted and officer active duty population. This contract will be led by John Low, Learning Technologies Division Director, and is the first contract under this new capability at FMG. FMG’s responsibilities will include develo ...

Strategies for Wellness Behavior Change Messaging

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) launched this week its annual National Wellness Week event, a public health effort in which the agency reminds us to pay attention to our wellness. According to SAMHSA, there are eight dimensions of wellness—some more obvious and others less so—that include physical, emotional, spiritual, intellectual, envir ...

Fors Marsh Group Makes Inc. 5000 List for Fifth Consecutive Year

Inc. Magazine ranked Fors Marsh Group (FMG) No. 2,777 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, up from 4,840 in 2016. This is the fifth consecutive year FMG made the list. The Inc. 5000 list is an exclusive ranking of the nation's fastest-growing private companies. It takes a comprehensive look at America’s independent entrepreneurs and determines a company’s rank by examining percentage ...

Changing Public Perceptions of Excessive Drinking

Most people are aware of the dangerous consequences of excessive drinking. However, most people think about excessive drinking like they do about gun ownership: that in a variety of contexts, it’s perfectly safe and normal. Several studies—including our own research—show that most people believe that the acceptability of excessive drinking is determined by the context in which ...

Password Guidelines for Real People

As far as I’m concerned, passwords are a necessary evil: a minor inconvenience standing in the way of something I want to do. Think about the last time you had to create a password. You were probably trying to sign up for a new app, buying something cool, taking an online quiz, or trying out an online service. You may be in the middle of something exciting or just going about y ...

National Disability Voter Registration Week

This is National Disability Voter Registration Week and it is vital to highlight some data showing the importance of registering voters with disabilities. The best data on this topic comes from the U.S. Census Bureau. In November of every even-numbered year, the Census Bureau’s Current Population Survey (CPS) conducts a Voting and Registration Supplement. This supplement asks i ...

Three Changes to the Landscape of U.S. Military and Overseas Voting—2012 versus 2016

Imagine you are a young sailor in the U.S. Navy, and you’re deployed out on a ship for several months. Others on your ship have been talking about an important presidential election that’s coming up, but you’re worried that you won’t be able to vote because you won’t be home before Election Day. How are you going to cast a vote from the middle of the ocean? And are there resour ...

The Benefits of Moderator Training

Earlier this month, several members of the FMG team attended an intensive training led by the RIVA Training Institute that focused on the fundamentals of moderating. The training offers an experiential environment for students to learn about focus groups in the context of qualitative market research. RIVA is considered the gold standard in terms of moderator training providers, ...

The Dynamic Changes in American Elections – 2012 to 2016

American elections can change dramatically between presidential elections. Some of these changes were driven by political campaigns, with some states being more competitive than others in a given election; however, many of these changes were the result of new laws and policies that affect election administration. According to the Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) 2016 Elec ...

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