Is your innovation research on its best behavior?

This white paper fights back at the criticism of surveys, showing how they can measure behavior and predict an innovation’s success.

Surveys have been strongly criticized of late. If research methods were children, the survey would be in the ‘time out’ corner.

One of the criticisms of the survey is while people can tell you how they feel about a product or survey, they may not be able to tell how they formed that decision. This has led to a fondness for using non-survey approaches to capture behaviors and not just asking directly about motivations. This perspective, built on the assumption that surveys cannot capture behavior, this white paper argues is incorrect.

Is your innovation research on its best behavior shows that surveys can be designed to measure behavior and specifically, behaviors that predict an innovation’s potential. This paper argues, behavior is strongly influenced by context (eg anchoring, relativity of judgements), so for a behavioral measure to be predictive of an innovation’s success, the context in which the behavior is made should be as close as possible to actual purchase situation.