Monthly Archives: January 2004

the publicity game

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We succeeded in getting some publicity for the survey that we released yesterday: articles in Reuters, Yahoo News,, UPI, and USA Today, and an interview on CBS radio news. I was glad, because we wanted to … Continue reading

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young people and Internet campaigns

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0We released a survey today that contains a lot of data about young people–their civic and political behavior and attitudes, and specifically their reaction to the ways political campaigns are using the Internet. Campaigns are effectively using … Continue reading

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do business schools belong in universities?

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I often ask myself this question as I arrive at work, since my office is in a building dominated by a business school. I’m all for programs that train effective business executives. But should these programs be … Continue reading

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surveys, websites, and other activities

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Along with the Council for Excellence in Government, my organization, CIRCLE, will release a new poll of young Americans on Thursday. So I’ve spent a lot of my time helping to analyze the poll results and figure … Continue reading

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happy birthday to this

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0This blog celebrated its first anniversary on Jan. 8, although I forgot to mark the day with an entry. (You can click here for the very first post.) Just a few days before I began to blog, … Continue reading

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rural schools and civics

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I met this morning with Rachel Tompkins, president of The Rural School and Community Trust. I was persuaded that civic education is exceptionally important in rural schools. First of all, rural areas face serious economic and social … Continue reading

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taking responsibility

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0In yesterday’s Washington Post, Barton Gellman shows pretty effectively that Iraq had no weapons of mass destruction after the early 1990s–but also that it was possible for American leaders to make an honest mistake about this. Saddam’s … Continue reading

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quantitative and qualitative methods

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I’ve recently seen two almost identical charts explaining the difference between qualitative and quantitative research. One was shown at a conference, the other presented in a graduate level methods textbook. I didn’t save the charts, unfortunately, but … Continue reading

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activism and deliberation

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0Along with Rose Marie Nierras of LogoLink, I’m applying for a small grant to interview political activists and people who promote public deliberation, to get some sense of the differences between these approaches. On a simple definition, … Continue reading

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“bold, persistent experimentation”

Facebook0 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 0I spent today at a meeting, which I had organized, on how to mobilize young voters. Almost half of the participants were nonpartisan practitioners who are trying to increase youth voting in 2004. Another large group were … Continue reading

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