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Your numbers are wrong

That’s the most difficult sentence in the world for us.  Because we get it; data aren’t reflective of any one individual experience, specifically because they are an aggregation of what’s happening across a lot of different experiences.  So of course numbers never tell the whole story. 

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Lynnette CookThoughtwellData
What do you need from your survey?

Two things are of critical importance in survey design: getting enough surveys completed thoroughly and returned so that we can draw meaningful conclusions from the data, and deciding which questions are asked. Good survey visibility (via email, social media, and mailing lists) and incentives can get the surveys filled in, but a good choice of questions is essential to get the answers you need.

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Psychology in the Office

A common feeling among graduate students is that they somehow tricked a university or professor into letting them into the program. More than that, they are convinced that everyone else they encounter knows exactly what they are doing, while they themselves are not good enough to be there and will eventually be found out.

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Megan JohansonThoughtwell
Recent Conversations: The fat French farmer.

He shared his analogy of “the fat French farmer” who rarely leaves the farm, lives in worn denim and old cotton sweaters, eats and drinks all the good food and great wine he can, and spends his free time with lifelong friends looking at the same landscape every morning and every evening for his entire life.

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Lynnette CookThoughtwell