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National Disability Voter Registration Week

elections / voting / blog / featured

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 individuals if they were registered to vote in 2016 and if they voted. It includes follow up questions asking individuals who were not registered to vote the main reason why they were not as well as non-voters why they did not vote.

In the following analysis, I use six questions posed by the Census Bureau in the CPS regarding disability to study voter registration by... more

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

elections / voting / blog / military / featured

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 resources available to help make sure your vote is counted? The Uniformed and Overseas Citizen Absentee Voting Act, or UOCAVA, provides special absentee voting requirements for these and other covered individuals to ensure that their right to vote remains intact, no matter how far away they are located from their voting jurisdiction during an election.... more

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The Benefits of Moderator Training

qualitative research / focus group / featured

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, and their students learn how to facilitate discussion among focus group participants to extract information on specific topics.

At FMG, we believe that being a professional and effective moderator is important, and the RIVA moderator training provides the skills for our employees to meet the research objectives identified by the client and the research team. The RIVA course teaches that moderating is both a science and an... more

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The Dynamic Changes in American Elections – 2012 to 2016

elections / voting / featured

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.

The U.S. Election Process

According to the Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) 2016 Election Administration and Voting Survey (EAVS), total turnout in the United States increased from 131.6 million in 2012 to 140.1 million in 2016 and the percentage of the citizen voting age population (CVAP) voting increased from 59.2 percent to 63 percent. In fact, five states—Colorado, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, and Oregon—reported turnout rates exceeding 70 percent of CVAP.

Americans... more

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Update – Respecting Your Participants: Ethical Considerations in Focus Groups

focus group / market research / research design / featured / blog / qualitative

Focus groups, unlike some other forms of research, can feel quite informal. In fact, some of the best groups can look more like a table of friends chatting than a formal data collection effort. However, researchers always need to remember that focus groups (as well as one-on-one interviews and other qualitative methods) are research, and the same ethical requirements apply. If you’re working with a governmental agency or a university, you may need to have your project reviewed by an Institutional Review Board (IRB) or by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB). But even when your focus group effort does require these formal reviews, it is still important for researchers to remember their ethical responsibility to their participants.

The most fundamental ethical... more

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Fors Marsh Group to Conduct the 2017 State of the First Amendment Survey for the Newseum Institute

current events / government / news / qualitative research / free speech / free expression / freedom of press / featured

First Amendment Survey for the Newseum Institute

Fors Marsh Group, LLC (FMG), a Washington, D.C.-area research-based consultancy, has partnered with the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center to conduct the Institute’s annual State of the First Amendment (SOFA) survey. This year’s SOFA survey measures Americans’ knowledge of their core freedoms and samples their opinions about today’s First Amendment issues.

"We are excited to partner with the Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Center," said Dr. Krysha Gregorowicz, public policy senior researcher at FMG. "FMG’s experience in survey development, sampling, and analysis positions us well to provide unique insight into the current state of the First Amendment in the United States. As a mass media and political communication... more

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