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What’s Wrong With Your Survey?

What ever happened to President-elect Thomas E. Dewey that early readers of the Chicago Daily Tribune read about on the morning of November 3, 1948? The mood must have been festive in New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel where Dewey and his campaign gathered to await the results of the 1948 presidential election the night before. Thomas Dewey, the Governor of New York and the Republ ...

eLearning, Learning technologies, human capital, digital training

Three Ways to Make eLearning Relatable to the Learner

Several years ago I was a member of a rapidly expanding team of instructional designers. Once a month, we would get together to review either our own internal materials, or other outside learning products. My favorite were the external products, because they were either going to be extremely good, or horrifically bad. When confronted with a particularly bad example of e-learnin ...

quantitative research, full data picture, thick data, actionable insight

The Full Data Picture

At Fors Marsh Group (FMG), we pride ourselves on pairing traditional research methods with new computational advances to ensure we are getting the fullest possible perspective. We always seek the “right way” for any given research question; recent projects have included everything from focus groups to big data analytics—and even physiological data. But the data landscape is cha ...

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Coalition Building Creates More Resilient Communities

How can communities across the United States improve their disaster preparedness, response, and long-term recovery? This was a central question at the National Association of County and City Health Officials’ (NACCHO) Preparedness Summit. As the crises facing our nation change from year to year—including drug-resistant bacteria, rising sea levels, and the opioid epidemic—creat ...

FVAP, election data, UOCAVA

Fresh from the “Kitchen”: FVAPs New Standardized UOCAVA Data

One of the biggest changes I have experienced in my move to the Elections Research team at Fors Marsh Group is the extent to which I get a close-up look at key research before it’s released. As I’ve told several people, it’s like the #electiongeek equivalent of transitioning from foodie to sous chef – going from a connoisseur of fine data to someone intimately familiar with the ...

disaster, emergency preparedness, Fors Marsh Group

Three Emerging Trends in Emergency Management

Increasingly, Americans face several types of threats to our security, including natural, man-made, and technological. As threats intensify, the way public and private organizations work together must progress as well. Protecting citizens from security threats requires a comprehensive and strategic approach from all organizations within the field of emergency management. At For ...

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Diabetes Alert Day 2019: Raising Awareness of Prediabetes and the Importance of Dental Health

84.1 million Americans have prediabetes—and a majority don’t know it. Today is Diabetes Alert Day. On this day, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) aims to spread nation-wide awareness of the risk of type 2 diabetes. According to a recent report by the CDC, about a third of American adults had prediabetes in 2015, yet less than 12% were aware of their condition. Prediabete ...

Leading the Narrative 2019: Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference Preview

The theme for the Society for Behavioral Medicine’s (SBM) 40th Annual Meeting and Scientific Sessions is “Leading the Narrative.” This theme encourages researchers (1) to conduct high-quality scientific studies, (2) to communicate their findings to diverse audiences in a way that is easy to understand and impactful, and (3) to get involved in careers and activities that allow t ...

The Importance of Role Models on Healthy Living

Every year, the Society of Behavioral Medicine (SBM) holds an annual conference to bring together professionals who strive to use behavioral science to improve people’s quality of life and health. To follow along with this year’s theme, “Leading the Narrative,” I will be presenting my master’s thesis research on role models and their influence on physical activity and dietary b ...

Emergency Preparedness, Natural Disaster, Fors Marsh Group Blog Post

Natural Disasters Are Changing. How Are We Responding?

Across the country, communities are facing weather-related challenges such as stronger storms, more intense flooding, and harsher droughts and wildfires. The Fourth National Climate Assessment, released in November 2018, examines natural changes affecting the United States and what they could mean for the American way of life. The massive report concludes that community resilie ...

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