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Measurement

Leading for Success: Setting Critical Success Factors

Pam Lyra | Posted 08.15.2014 | Business
Pam Lyra

Understanding how we're going to be measured and how success in one's job or department will be defined is important to everyone. And yet, selecting those critical measurements to drive performance and decision-making can be tougher than one might think.

The Handiest Tool in the World

Wray Herbert | Posted 07.22.2014 | Science
Wray Herbert

Psychological scientists decided to see if hand size is more reliable than other possible rulers. They wanted to see if indeed the perceptual system treats hand size as more constant than the sizes of other objects in the world, including other body parts.

What's Inside All Those Mini-Storage Facilities?

Dr. Robert M. Myers | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Dr. Robert M. Myers

Do you ever compare yourself to others? Do you ever wonder why you don't have all the stuff others do? Do you wonder why you aren't as smart as someone else?

Shh... Let's Talk About How We Need to Fail More in International Development

Alex Amouyel | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Alex Amouyel

The incentives to acknowledge failure are also not there -- donors are more likely to give money next year to organizations who've succeeded and whether you are a government, a corporate, or a philanthropist, you don't want to see that your money was wasted when it's about saving lives.

Measuring the ROI of Public Relations: Five Experts Weigh In

Molly Borchers | Posted 05.26.2014 | Business
Molly Borchers

As we often say at my company, PR is the ultimate word of mouth.

Impact Measurement : The Faultlines

Lutfey Siddiqi | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lutfey Siddiqi

It is argued that the active pursuit of output data may distract or detract a social enterprise from its impact objectives. It is also argued that impact accounting imposes a compliance burden that acts as unnecessary overhead.

The Number You Can Always Trust

Steven Crandell | Posted 11.06.2013 | Technology
Steven Crandell

Next time you hear an amazing statistic, listen to your intuition and start asking questions about how the number was generated and what part of human experience was left out of the equation.

Can Public Relations Be Measured? 6 Tips for Proving and Improving ROI

Paula Berg | Posted 07.31.2013 | Denver
Paula Berg

With so many moving targets and evolving channels, how can we know and show that communications strategies and messages are making an impact?

Diverging Bases: The Case Against the Metric System

Lila Nordstrom | Posted 05.21.2013 | Science
Lila Nordstrom

In the same way that the foot was obviously invented by a potentially vain, math-hating medieval person, the meter was clearly invented by an anti-social mathematician.

Kilogram Has Put On Weight, Scientists Say

Posted 01.07.2013 | Science

By: Tia Ghose Published: 01/06/2013 07:55 PM EST on LiveScience The kilogram may need to go on a diet. The international standard, a cylinder-shap...

6 Tips For Growing From Your Heart

Cindy Wigglesworth | Posted 03.06.2013 | Healthy Living
Cindy Wigglesworth

"Spirit," by whatever name, is not measurable. But skills like spiritual intelligence (SQ) skills can be measured. And measurement is useful -- it points to where we can grow and improve.

Addicted to Yardsticks

Liz Ryan | Posted 01.06.2013 | Business
Liz Ryan

People aren't measurable items, unless we are measuring them by the number of times they've seen Star Wars. We do not lend ourselves to measurement. If you want people do exciting things, stand back and let them explore the environment alone and together.

Sacred Ground: The Interfaith Triangle

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 11.17.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

The question truly at the heart of the book is how to encourage people en masse to go around the interfaith triangle in the right direction. The absence of movement could lead to indifference or even mutual suspicion.

Many Still Uncertain About Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle

Posted 02.23.2012 | Science

By: Clara Moskowitz, LiveScience Senior Writer Published: 02/21/2012 02:59 PM EST on LiveScience One of the most often quoted, yet least understoo...

PHOTOS: 10 Wackiest Scientific Scales

The Huffington Post | Travis Korte | Posted 01.05.2012 | Science

Hand-waving and estimation are out, and measurement is in. With the right scale, researchers can measure just about anything--even things traditionall...

Measuring Creativity In Massachusetts

John M. Eger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Education
John M. Eger

Massachusetts is the first state to try to figure out how to teach creativity and how to measure it in our schools -- to better prepare our kids for the creative age.

Introducing the Sweet Spot: Latinos/Hispanics and Web 2.0

Kety Esquivel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Kety Esquivel

I am thrilled to see a couple of recent studies that provided a quantitative backing to what I and others in the industry have been saying for years: Latinos are in Social Media.

Low Gulf Oil Spill Size Estimate Could Save BP Millions Of Dollars In Court

McClatchy | Marisa Taylor, Renee Schoof and Erika Bolstad | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- BP's estimate that only 5,000 barrels of oil are leaking daily from a well in the Gulf of Mexico, which the Obama administration hasn't ...

DFA Survey: Priming the Vote in Arkansas?

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

This morning, we posted results from a new survey of Arkansas conducted by the firm Research 2000 on behalf of Democracy for America. The survey was c...

AAPOR2010: George Bishop

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

One last AAPOR interview (from me) for tonight: On Saturday, I talked to University of Cincinnati Political Science Professor George Bishop, who pres...

AAPOR2010: Peter Woolley

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

At the AAPOR Conference yesterday, I interviewed Peter J. Woolley, director of Fairleigh Dickinson University's Public Mind Poll, on an experiment he ...

Lundry: Twitter as Pollster

Guest Pollster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Guest Pollster

Alex Lundry is Vice President and Director of Research for TargetPoint Consulting, a conservative political polling, microtargeting, and knowledge man...

A Question That's Too Salty

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

I got an email yesterday from Alan Abramowitz flagging this question released Monday by Rasmussen Reports from an automated survey of American adults ...

Anthony Wells Interview: Part 2

Guest Pollster | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Guest Pollster

Anthony Wells is the editor of the UK Polling Report and an associate director at YouGov [interests disclosed: YouGov is Pollster.com's parent company...

The Harris "Wingnut" Poll: Could We Do Better?

Mark Blumenthal | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mark Blumenthal

My column reviews the criticism of the Harris Interactive "wingnut" survey released last week and suggests some ways to better measure some of the ...