ISIS Survey Data Entry

I’m happy to report that online data entry for completed ISIS paper questionnaires is now working, thanks to Wiel Maessen (and also Morgan Toal). I’ll be sending out the address of the site, along with usernames and passwords, to all the pollsters. I’ll also be creating a new page over on the private ISIS forum giving a bit of advice.

I hope that this will allow pollsters to start entering data that they’ve accrued over the past two or three months. I’m intending to call a halt to the survey some time in the middle of September (we may discuss whether to let it run on further), and then analyse the results. My own personal survey has proved very interesting. I’ve got something like 40 completed questionnaires, and I’ve written a bit about them already.

It’s really quite amazing how this has all come together since my “why don’t we do it ourselves?” remark back in early May. My thanks and appreciation go out to all who have engaged in this remarkable effort.

Now that we have online data entry working, the next phase will be to start analysing the results. Wiel has kindly offered to handle the statistics. We can then start to think about what should go into the report. And also what to do with it once we’ve got it. I think this is probably best done over on the ISIS forum, so that all the participants can chip in much like they did when we were putting the survey questionnaire together.

In the meanwhile, I’ll start chasing up the pollsters. I haven’t heard much from some of them for a while. And from one or two I’ve heard nothing at all.

With another month or so for the survey to run, it is of course still possible for new volunteers to get the survey questionnaire and do their own polling. Just email me or leave a comment here.

I’m also happy to announce that Wiel also has an online version of the survey working, so that regular readers of mine can complete the survey. I know that several want to do this. Only one entry per person is permitted, thanks to some mysterious secret code of Wiel’s. But it’s possible to edit one’s responses.

The place to go is http://i-s-i-s.net/ , and then click on the Survey tab on the left hand side. I suggest that regular commenters of mine leave their names and email addresses so that a) I can recognise them, and b) so that they get sent results when they come out. I may have put a link to the survey in my right margin as well.

The online survey is a separate survey to the paper survey. Whether the results from it get included in the the ISIS paper survey report or not is another matter to discuss over on the ISIS forum.

If it’s a success, I’m sure that we’ll be doing further online surveys.

Anyway, to brighten up an otherwise dull post, here’s Lana Del Rey, doing what she does best.

Gratuitous image of Lana Del Rey from Vogue Italia (which I read regularly for the stock tips)

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20 Responses to ISIS Survey Data Entry

  1. harleyrider1978 says:

    Ahh Yes,she has that Bridgette Bardot look!

    Now whats in the glass………

  2. harleyrider1978 says:

    Female Celebrity Smoking List – Rigg

    Proof she has smoked (or quit) “in real life”
    • “I started smoking when I was 12 years old and never stopped”, Bravo (Germany), Dec. 4, ’67
    “draws with relish on her Marlboro Light… plays bridge, drinks Campari, smokes”, The Independent (UK), Feb. 14, ’06
    • “Do you owe your husky voice to the smokes? ‘I’m afraid I do. I smoke 20-25 a day. I choose low-tar cigarettes, though – my one concession.’ Ever tried to quit? ‘I have given up a few times over the years, but I have always started again. I tried hypnosis, but it didn’t work for me’”, The Times (UK), Feb. 18, ’06

    http://smokingsides.com/asfs/R/Rigg.html

  3. Rose says:

    “I’m also happy to announce that Wiel also has an online version of the survey working, so that regular readers of mine can complete the survey.”

    Now, Frank?

    • Frank Davis says:

      Yes. You can complete it now.

    • Dave says:

      Completed it last night and liked it over all. My only issue was the pub/restaurant/bar question. I had no choice but to answer hardly ever vs the truth which is never. Not being critical Frank just think it is important to understand how many of us refuse to go to the bar/pubs period. It has a huge impact on us such as I have not met my Father for a drink in over 3 years. This is something we would do once in a while and well that is over. This type of social damage needs more exposure as we continue work on these things. My Father due to health reasons(not alcohol related) now can not drink and I feel like I just had 3 years of social time with him stolen from me. In fact it has been stolen from me. I know I am not the only one with these kind of stories. We did talk about going to the casino together as smoking is allowed there. That is basically the only public place people in my area have to go to and they pack the place. Smoking is also allowed on Indian reservation casino/hotel bars. Problem is they are a bit of a distance so as you can see it is not something you can just jump in the car and meet a few minutes later. Yeah I know some will say well that was my choice not to go the last few years and to that I want to punch these idiots.It is not my choice when you discriminate against me and my legal habit. That choice was stolen from me and I refuse to stand outside like a 2nd class citizen. So my social outlet continues to be a friends house or a casino. Free country my ass. Though they have no problem collecting my tobacco taxes. It is criminal not to allow private clubs at the very least. I will stop rambling on for now just sick of it especially after a vacation where I could smoke in many places. It was like coming back to a communist state. I wish I had the money to do more…

      • Frank Davis says:

        My only issue was the pub/restaurant/bar question. I had no choice but to answer hardly ever vs the truth which is never. Not being critical Frank just think it is important to understand how many of us refuse to go to the bar/pubs period.

        We argued long and hard over this on the ISIS forum. Originally option 5 was ‘much less’, in line with the other questions. But some people said that they never went to pubs now. So the compromise option 5 became ‘hardly ever’. But I do realise that many smokers never go to pubs now.

        I think the ISIS study looks set to expose much of the social damage that smoking bans cause, but not the true depth of that damage. It’s not going to reveal that many people simply don’t go to pubs and cafes any more. It’ll need some other study to reveal that.

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  8. I have 21 years of experience working as data entry assistant. I constantly read several blogs to keep myself up-to-date with the advances in data entry profession. I really enjoyed this blog post. From my several years of experience, I agree with you 100% when you say, “The online survey is a separate survey to the paper survey. ”

    Keep Blogging. I will come here again.

    –data entry assistant

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