Against Goldilocks “Theorizing” (on Climate Change Risk Perception & Anything Else)

We often are told that “dire news” on climate change provokes dissonance-driven resistance. Yet many commentators who credit  this account also warn us not to raise public hopes by even engaging in research on — much less discussion of — the feasibility of geoengeineering. These analysts worry that any intimation that there’s a technological “fix” for global warming will lull […]

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Industrial Strength Risk Perception Measure

In an earlier post, I presented some data that displayed how public perceptions of risk vary across putative hazards and how perceptions of each of those risks varies between cultural subgroups.     The risk perceptions were measured by asking respondents to indicate on “a scale of 0-10 with 0 being ‘no risk at all’ and 10 meaning ‘extreme risk,’ […]

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Methods Term of the Week… Delphi technique

Delphi technique “A predictive method for obtaining consensus among a group of experts often used as a means of problem solving, decision making and/or forecasting.” For more information on this term or thousands of others, visit SAGE Research Methods, a highly practical tool that links over 100,000 pages of SAGE’s book, journal and reference content with […]

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Factor Analysis for Likert/Ordinal/Non-normal Data

My friend Jeremy Miles sent me this article by Basto and Periera (2012) this morning with the subject line ‘this is kind of cool’. Last time I saw Jeremy, my wife and I gatecrashed his house in LA for 10 days to discuss writing the R book that’s about to come out. During that stay […]

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Methods Term of the Week… Triangulation

Triangulation “Triangulation involves the attempt to combine multiple methods, measures, methodologies, or theories in a variety of ways often to cross-check findings, often on the assumption that the weaknesses of any single such element will be compensated by the strengths of others.” For more information on this term or thousands of others, visit SAGE Research Methods, […]

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Methods Term of the Week… Action Research

Action Research “A type of applied research designed to find the most effective way to bring about a desired social change or to solve a practical problem, usually in collaboration with those being researched.”     For more information on this term or thousands of others, visit SAGE Research Methods, a highly practical tool that […]

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Check out the New Enhancements on SAGE Research Methods!

This week, we completed our latest enhancement release for SAGE Research Methods.  I want to share with you some of the highlights from this new release: We have rebranded SAGE Research Methods Online, simplifying it to SAGE Research Methods.  The new logo is below:   We have added 43 new titles to SRM for 2012.  The […]

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Are We Too Limited on Group Size? What About 2 or 3 Person “Mini-Groups”?

   When I first became interested in focus groups, we were still receiving most of our advice about how to do focus groups from marketing researchers, where that advice often included groups as large as 9-12. Since then, the recommended size for social science focus groups has fallen to a range of 4 to 8. […]

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