Reduce Reliance on Survey Research

We need to reduce reliance on survey research because of what I call, “The Problem” with survey research; which is: answers to questions are not reliable.  When you only have answers to questions–and that’s all survey researchers have–it’s impossible for them–or anyone else–to know if the answers correspond to what’s really going on, or do not.  The only way to know if an answer is correct or accurate is to check, or verify, it with information from one or, preferably, two or more non-asking sources of information; say, from observation, experimentation, and documents.  Those who rely on the asking method–askers–do not have information from non-asking sources and, therefore, are not able to discern which, if any, answer is correct or incorrect.  All survey researchers have is The Problem;all they have is unreliable information.

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George Beam is an educator and author. The perspectives that inform his interpretations of the topics of this blog–-as well as his other writings and university courses -–are system analysis, behaviorism, and Internet effects. Specific interests include quality management, methodology, and politics. He is Associate Professor Emeritus, Department of Public Administration; Affiliated Faculty, Department of Political Science; and, previously, Head, Department of Public Administration, University of Illinois at Chicago
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  1. Pingback: Translate Survey Research Questions into Statements that Can be Verified | George Beam's Blog

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