Previous meetings

Previous meetings

Tuesday 25th April 2017

Debate: “Automation in MR: Existential Threat or Great Opportunity?”

The evening was chaired by Pat Molloy of the ASC.

Speaking broadly in favour of automation were Stephen Phillips,  CEO of ZappiStore and Jerome Sopocko, the founder of Askia.

And speaking broadly against we had Jon Puleston, VP of Innovation at Lightspeed Research and  Orlando Wood, Chief Innovation Officer of System 1 Group.

Whilst not sticking to the formal debate structure, the idea was to stimulate discussion over a few drinks and networking.

Is Automation/ AI/ Machine learning over-hyped?
Is it even relevant to Market Research?
Surely automated robots cannot take over creative/interpretive jobs in Market Research!
Surely they can and will!
What is the state of progress anyway ? Can we see any clear threats or opportunities yet?
Just because Google DeepMind can play “Go” really well, how is that relevant to MR? Or is it?
Which companies should we be watching?

There are just *some* of the really fascinating questions we looked at.

Tuesday 21st June 2016

Quiz Night at The Sir Christopher Hatton, 4 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7RA

Rounds on technology, market research and general knowledge, as well as a few other surprise rounds.

The quiz was won by SDA / GIDE.

AJ Johnson, Quiz Master presented the trophy to Michael Hart of SDA.IMG_0090

Tuesday 9th February 2016

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Presentations from the winner and finalists of the 2015 ASC/MRS Award for Technology Innovation and Effectiveness.

Fabulous examples of automation in three different areas of the research delivery process – online dashboards, text analytics and powerpoint delivery.

Presenting “The Hub” from Hall and Partners (the 2015 winner) – Oli Hayward.

The Hub offers clients an innovative and intuitive online environment to access and interrogate their brand and business story by combining data from traditional survey bases resources, as well as a variety of other channels such as social media, website analytics and media spend.

Presenting “Listening247”  from Digital MR Ltd – Michalis Michael.

The application of automated text analytics in MR has offered a tantalizing glimpse of what might be possible, but has, so far been of limited use and uptake. Listening247 uses innovative techniques, including Machine Learning, to deliver high quality analysis. More so than traditional approaches.

Presenting “E-Tabs Graphique” from E-Tabs – Benjamin Rietti

E-Tabs have created a way to get traditional from tables to charts at breakneck speed, helping you to easily find and present the story buried within your research data. Graphique charting software is embedded within PowerPoint itself, meaning you are working in a familiar environment and avoiding messy and time-consuming copy/paste operations.

Tuesday 29th September 2015rss

ASC / RSS Joint Event
The Achievements of the Q-Step Programme

Jackie Carter, Q-Step Co-Director, University of Manchester, outlined the Q-Step Programme, a £19.5m initiative to upskill social science undergraduates in quantitative skills training against the backdrop of various initiatives, including the British Academy June 2015 ‘Count us In’.

The full report is available at: http://www.britac.ac.uk/news/news.cfm/newsid/1285

She talked about the summer internship programme led from Manchester, placing 19 students (in 2014) and 48 (in 2015) in research-led, data-driven projects in London, Manchester and Liverpool in organisations ranging from think-tanks, local and national government departments, market research companies, polling organisations, banks and The World Bank, Universities and charities to give social science and humanities undergraduate students opportunity to take their  learning from the classroom into the workplace.

Jackie was joined by David Lewis, CEO and founder of AudienceNet (http://www.Audiencenet.co.uk), a Shoreditch based, global market research organisation. David talked about AudienceNet’s engagement with Q-Step through the University of Manchester Q-Step summer internship programme, in 2014 and 2015.  Anna Kiel, Q-Step intern with AudienceNet in 2014, spoke of her experiences with the work she undertook on the evidence base for the third runway at Heathrow Airport.

Also speaking at the event was Amanda White from the Home Office. Amanda is Head of Unit for the Home Office’s Crime and Policing Analysis team. She talked about the experience of government departments and associated organisations – the Home Office, DFID, Food Standards Agency, Education Funding Agency and College of Policing – taking Q-Step interns in summer 2015. Amanda’s role encompasses being ‘quants champion’ across government departments. She also sits on the UK Data Forum.

Also presenting were University of Exeter and City University, to talk about their Q-Step internships plans.

For further information about Q-Step, please see the Nuffield Foundation’s website, where you can find more information about the scheme, plus a small film from the Q-Step team at the University of Manchester: http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org/q-step

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Thursday 26th February 2015

Winter Warmer Quiz Night at The Sir Christopher Hatton, 4 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7RA

Rounds on technology, market research and general knowledge, as well as a few other surprise rounds. The quiz was won by IFF Research.

Tuesday 1st July 2014

Is the anonymisation of data a futile exercise?

anonymisationSPEAKERS

FOR:
Julia Higginbottom – Rewired State
Dr Dan Nunan – Henley Business School

AGAINST:
Dan Foreman – ESOMAR
Barry Ryan – MRS

CHAIR:
Steve Taylor – weworkwithdata

A debate on the pros and cons of the anonymisation of data with the motion:“This house believes that the anonymisation of data is a futile exercise”. On the face of it, anonymous data should be a given in market and social research. A fundamental principal of research is a contract of confidentiality between researcher and participant. Recent developments, such as the Edward Snowden disclosures and security breaches at widely used internet sites such as Ebay have shown how vulnerable any data accessed over the Internet is to potential disclosure.  Such high profile cases have drawn the attention of the public, and they have also drawn the attention of legislators.Legislators and regulators now appear to be putting their faith in anonymisation of data as a technological panacea for privacy and confidentiality. There are advantages and there are disadvantages to this approach. Proponents see it as a way of enforcing discipline and rebuilding public trust; detractors see unintended consequences in emasculating datasets so as to make them meaningless from a research perspective, and closing off valuable research that relies on data linkage, especially between survey data and passively collected data. And there is more, as our panel of debaters will reveal.Speaker InformationEvent Sponsors

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Tuesday 20th May 2014

A joint meeting of the RSS Social Statistics Section and ASC

Data Privacy – Protecting Participant Identities

Speakers:

Randy Banks, Head of Information and Data Systems Group, Institute for Social and Economic Research, University of Essex
ISO27001 Information Security Standard – Experiences of gaining accreditation

Dan Nunan, Henley Business School, University of Reading
Protecting Privacy: Regulation and its unintended consequences for survey research

Marion Oswald, Director of the Centre for Information Rights, Department of Law, University of Winchester
Trust, Anonymisation and Data Sharing

The integrity of social research has always been founded on the principle of respecting and protecting the identity of participants. In recent years the growth of social media has seen individuals foregoing their privacy through sharing of  personal information.

This event, covering issues of mutual interest, provided an opportunity for questioning and discussion for this important development area of the protection of participant identities.

Thursday 10th October 2013

A joint meeting of the RSS Social Statistics Section and ASC

Data Visualisation: Storytelling by numbers

Speakers: Alan Smith, Office for National Statistics Data Visualisation Centre and Tobias Sturt & Emma Whitehead, the Guardian Digital Agency

Data visualisation and data-driven storytelling have the power to democratise complex information and engage varied audiences in complex and challenging stories and content. Alan Smith of the ONS Data Visualisation Centre spoke on using visualisation to redefine the audience and outreach of official statistics. Tobias Sturt and Emma Whitehead from the Guardian’s Digital Agency discussed some of the principles of effective data storytelling and explored best practice examples.

This was the first joint meeting of the RSS Social Statistics Section and the ASC following ASC being granted observer status to the RSS Statistics User Forum.

Tuesday 26th February 2013

A Panel Discussion

The ASC hosted a discussion to open up the myths and realities of this intriguing topic. The discussion was chaired by Pat Molloy with speakers Colin Strong from GfK and Mark Young of the Big Data Insight Group.

Their presentations can be downloaded here.

Pat Molloy Presentation
Colin Strong Presentation
Mark Young Presentation

Tuesday 27th November 2012

Winter Warmer Quiz Night at The Sir Christopher Hatton, 4 Leather Lane, London EC1N 7RA

Rounds on technology, market research and general knowledge, as well as a few other surprise rounds. The quiz was won by GIDE / SDA. They were presented with a trophy by Quizmaster AJ Johnson.

Tuesday 24th April 2012
Mixed Mode Surveys. Payouts and Payoffs

A Panel Discussion jointly organised by the Association for Survey Computing and The Blaise Users Group.

This panel discussion, chaired by Pat Molloy, CSO at Confirmit, provided an opportunity to question and challenge a panel of experts as they offered insights into the pros and cons mixed mode surveys.

Wednesday 15th February 2012

Winter Warmer Quiz Night at The Captain’s Cabin, 4-7 Norris Street, London SW1Y 4RJ

Rounds on technology, market research and general knowledge, as well as a few other surprise rounds. The quiz was won by MR Web. They were presented with a trophy by AJ Johnson.

Wednesday 22nd June 2011
Mid Summer Quiz Night at The Captain’s Cabin, 4-7 Norris Street, London SW1Y 4RJ

Rounds on technology, market research and general knowledge, as well as a few other surprise rounds.

Wednesday 9th March 2011

Presentations by the winner and finalist of the ASC / MRS Technology Award

This event offered a chance to meet and see the winner and one of the finalists from the 2010 ASC / MRS Technology Award. The presentations included a demonstration and also described the thinking behind the innovation, the technology behind the solution, the challenges faced during development and plans for future enhancements.

SurveyFlashTools by Annik Technology Services makes the advantages of Flash functionality an option on any research project. The innovative new system allows researchers to select from a portfolio of high quality Flash tools, to effectively customise the tools to meet their requirement in minutes and to integrate the tool into several online survey platforms. All tools are charged a small fee per usage making the entire system accessible on even the fastest turn around project with the smallest budget and by researchers with no Flash programming knowledge.

Cint Direct Sample (CDS) is a widget which provides a web based interface for purchasing sample data based on demographic criteria, and order notification feeds. Cint Direct Sample can be installed in virtually any DIY survey tool or web-service for scripting questionnaires. People conducting market research online can access quality panels of consumers via a DIY tool where CDS is implemented.

Thursday 14th October 2010
Quiz Night at The Captain’s Cabin, 4-7 Norris Street, London SW1Y 4RJ

 

Sponsored by Askia

Rounds on technology, market research and general knowledge, as well as a few other surprise rounds. The quiz was won by Cobalt Sky. They were presented with a trophy by AJ Johnson.

Thursday 19th August 2010
Question Time – ‘Technology is killing the survey’

The meeting covered areas such as how things may be changing and whether these changes offer opportunity or risk to the future of the research industry.

The meeting was chaired by AJ johnson, ASC Committee and VP, Ipsos Open Thinking Exchange, with a panel consisting of Mike Cooke, Global Online Director, GFK, Ken Parker, Chairman, Discovery Research, Peter Harrison, Innovation Manager, Brainjuicer, and Steve Taylor, Managing Director, W3DL.

Wednesday 3rd February 2010
Winter Warmer Quiz Night at The Captain’s Cabin

Rounds on technology, market research and general knowledge, as well as a few other surprise rounds. The quiz was won by Continental Research. They were presented with a trophy by AJ Johnson.

Wednesday 14th October, 2009:
Question Time – ‘The Future of Survey Research Software’

A panel of people representing the research industry respond to questions about survey computing posed by the audience.

Wednesday 17th June 2009 – Quiz Night

This was another Quiz Night, with rounds on technology, market research and general knowledge, as well as a few other surprises.

Wednesday 29 April 2009

Presentations by the 2008 ASC/MRS Technology Award Winner and Finalists

Meetings prior to April 2009

Wednesday 25 February 2009: Data Protection & Data Security

Wednesday 19th November, 2008: Quiz Night

Tuesday 23rd September, 2008: Open Source Software

Tuesday 19th February, 2008: ‘Winter Warmer’ Quiz Night

Wednesday 14th November, 2007

This event returned to the popular ‘Question Time’ format.

Wednesday 11th July, 2007

This was a Quiz Evening. The quiz consisted of a number of rounds, all with some sort of technology twist.

Wednesday 16th May, 2007

This event featured Research Reporter, the winner of the 2006 ASC/MRS Technology Award.

Wednesday 14th March, 2007: Question Time

A panel of people representing the research industry respond to questions about survey computing posed by the audience.

Tuesday 16th January 2007: Debate

This house deplores the rise of DIY research software that has the potential to damage the professional market research industry
Proposed by Greg Smith, Ipsos MORI and opposed by Peter Wills, founder and CEO of Snap Surveys.

Thursday 14th September 2006: On bicycles and bulldozers: freewheeling to success with technology-led change, presented by Tim Macer

Thursday 8th June 2006: Pulse Train present their Bellview Fusion software, which won the 2005 ASC/MRS Technology award.