I had an email from one of the ISIS pollsters yesterday saying that it was a pity that I had announced the end of the ISIS Social Impact Survey on 1 October, because this weekend he was going to some sort of meeting where there would be lots of smokers.
I wrote back to say that of course it would be okay to survey the people at the meeting. So I hope he goes ahead and does so.
When I announced the end of the survey a few days back, I simply meant that it was time for people to get their results either entered at the ISIS website or physically sent to me to enter the data for them (as a couple of people are opting to do). There’s no rush about getting these results in. It’s probably going to be the end of the October before I’ll be able to start looking at them. So if people can gather more completed questionnaires by then, they’ll all be counted. And they may even get counted after the end of October, when I hope the analysis gets under way. It’s not as if only questionnaires completed before the end of September are valid, and all questionnaires completed thereafter are invalid: it is that all questionnaires submitted after the survey analysis is completed won’t count, because they can’t count.
So I probably should have said that it wasn’t so much the end of the survey, but the beginning of the end of the survey. And maybe even the beginning of the beginning of the end of the survey.
I entered another 20 or so of my own completed questionnaires on the ISIS website tonight. They each took about 3 minutes to do, after I’d filled them in and checked them and checked that they had actually been recorded.
I did this by selecting the ‘new’ option under the drop-down menu at the top, and by clicking the ‘submit’ button at the bottom when I’d filled them in. The most difficult field to fill in is the date and time, which has to have dashes and colons in it (but is useful all the same). The second most difficult was the email address option, trying to decipher near-illegible handwriting. Apart from that it was a doddle. I chose to mark the entered questionnaires on the back with their ID on the website, which I found when I checked that they had gone in. After I’d pressed ‘submit’, I went back to see whether they’d been added to the drop-down menu (because it’s possible to go back and edit them).
And yes, if pollsters want to, they can fill in the questionnaire themselves. But only just the once, obviously. And if they’ve already done the public online survey (in right margin), then they shouldn’t do the paper survey. Or if they’ve done the paper survey, they shouldn’t do the online survey. If you see what I mean.
Tonight I’ve re-sent the emails I sent a month back, giving pollsters the website address and their personal username and password for the online ISIS data entry. And as I’ve said, if people are having trouble entering data, or are too busy, they can email me transcribed results or scanned images of their completed questionnaires, or they can post them to me. Either drop in a comment below, or send me an email.
If Wiel is reading this, I will be asking him soon for a download facility so that I (and anyone else in the survey) can download all the survey results, in some simple text format, and take a look at them on their computers at home. Wiel has kindly offered to do any statistical analysis needed.
And here’s the Most Natural Beauty in Britain. And I must say she is very pretty. And she works in a fish-and-chip shop. “It was settled with science,” the accompanying video burbled. I don’t see what ‘science’ has got to do with it at all. It’s all subjective. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.