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Seri Irazola Joins Fors Marsh Group as Director of Public Policy Evaluation

featured / news / government / elections

ARLINGTON, Va. — Sept. 7, 2017 — Fors Marsh Group (FMG) named Seri Irazola, Ph.D., as its new director of public policy evaluation. Dr. Irazola joins FMG from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), where she served as the director of the National Institute of Justice’s (NIJ) Office of Research and Evaluation (ORE). In this capacity, she oversaw three research divisions that accounted for all social science research being funded and produced by the DOJ.

"Seri is a powerful addition to the FMG team," said Dr. Sean Marsh, FMG’s chief executive officer (CEO). "Her deep experience in policy research and project management in the federal space enables FMG and our public policy team to help our clients create an impact in their respective... more


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

news / in the news / awards / featured

ARLINGTON Va. — Sept. 6, 2017 – 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 revenue growth over a three-year period. On this year’s list, FMG jumped to No. 2,777 after experiencing a 123% increase in revenue from 2013 to 2016, and adding 46 employees in 2016.

"We are honored to be recognized for a fifth consecutive year as one of the fastest-growing U.S.-based companies on the... more


Changing Public Perceptions of Excessive Drinking

advertising research / communication research / health communication / public perception / featured

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 one drinks.1 2 3

If we apply this belief to gun ownership, it makes perfect sense. Where and how you use your gun fully influences whether the use of your gun might be considered "excessive." However, when applied to excessive drinking, the framework begins to fall apart. Most research shows that "situation" or "place" plays a substantial role in shaping individual’s perceptions of whether a drinking behavior should... more


Password Guidelines for Real People

blog / behavioral research / consumer behavior / cognitive research / featured

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 your day trying to take care of business, and suddenly, you’re being asked to enter your email address and to create a password. So, you enter in your go-to password (something like NeilD!amond123 or IamB@tm4n) that you created 15 years ago when you signed up for your first AOL account, and you continue on... more


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


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