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The Market Research Society has updated its guidance on face-to-face data collection in England

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Following the government’s announcement regarding plans to lift restrictions, The Market Research Society has updated its guidance on face-to-face data collection in England.

MRS has updated the suite of MRS guidance interpreting the implications for face-to-face data collection following the announcement of the new restrictions for England.

The new MRS guidance sets out the conditions for limited resumption of face-to-face data collection activities as England cautiously plans to lift restrictions via the 4-step plan issued by the UK Government on 22 February.

To enable practitioners to prepare for the change, the guidance is being issued prior to its application date, which will be from 29 March 2021. Until that date the MRS lockdown guidance, issued on 6 January 2021, will continue to apply.

The fundamental principle underlying this guidance is that face-to-face data collection will only be undertaken when no other alternative methodology can be used. This principle should be followed until the working from home and social contact messaging is reviewed as part of step 4 of the UK Government’s roadmap. Please note, the MRS guidance may change before 29 March 2021 if government advice regarding the proposed 4-step plan is modified.

Some points to note from the new guidance:

  • Research practitioners must only undertake face-to-face data collection which cannot be achieved using other methods.
  • Research practitioners must undertake risk assessments of any proposed face-to-face data collection exercise before beginning the activity.
  • When face-to-face data collection is undertaken it can only be in those locations that remain open as a result of Covid-19 restrictions and in locations allowed within the MRS guidance.
  • In-home face-to-face data collection continues to be restricted to on the doorstep only.
  • Research practitioners have a responsibility to protect vulnerable groups, participants and the reputation of the profession.

The three core documents covering face-to-face data collection, face-to-face mystery shopping and face-to-face data collection in facilities have all been updated with a status update across the four nations and detailed guidance for England, in readiness for 29 March, and are available via the following links:

The MRS Standards Team will continue to review and update the MRS guidance as and when required.

If you have any queries about the MRS Code or any of the MRS’ Covid-19 guidance please contact the MRS Standards Team via the MRS Codeline service ([email protected]).

MRBA raises spirits with its ‘Donate a smile’ auction

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MRBA raises spirits with its ‘Donate a smile’ auction
THE MRBA NEEDS YOUR SUPPORT!

The MRBA is once again hosting their annual fundraising auction, but this year is taking a different approach. With an aim of spreading joy and lifting spirits, this year’s auction will be centered around the

International Day of Happiness on 20th March.

Keen to bring optimism to others, the MRBA are hoping the donated auction items will bring a smile to the recipients’ faces.

They are calling for kind donations such as event tickets, gift hampers and any other creative ideas you might have in these turbulent times, we can still add items after the auction has started
The auction will be held via online platform https://www.32auctions.com/MRBA2021 and items will be available to bid on from the 9th March 2021 and finishes at 9pm on 30th March
All proceeds will go to the MRBA which will in turn help researchers in need.

EMAIL GILL TO DONATE AN ITEM OR FIND OUT MORE: [email protected]

And The Winners Are… IQCS Awards Winners 2020

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The IQCS Quality Awards celebrate the unsung Heroes of Quality in research operations…those individuals and member companies who go the extra mile in making quality an integral part of the entire data-collection process.

We conducted the 2020 AGM and Awards ceremony using Zoom for the first time. This was very successful and enabled members who live far outside of London to join us and celebrate everyone’s achievements.

Click below to see the list of winners.

MRS has issued new guidance interpreting new Tier restrictions

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Following the issuing of new Tier restrictions for England, MRS has issued new guidance interpreting the restrictions, specifying the implications for face-to-face data collection. The new MRS guidance applies to face-to-face data collection activities conducted in England from Wednesday 2 December.

Some points to note from the new guidance:

  • Whilst this guidance is similar to the previous England Tier guidance it is not the same, e.g. there are new requirements about travel and moving between Tiers, and research practitioners must familiarise themselves with the new requirements.
  • Research practitioners have a responsibility to protect participants and the reputation of the profession.
  • Research practitioners must undertake risk assessments of any proposed essential face-to-face data collection exercise before beginning the activity.

Full details including other issues such as travel, social distancing, facial coverings can be found here in the new guidance.

Last week MRS also issued new guidance on the Tier system in Scotland including the new requirements regarding travel and vehicle sharing which were introduced on 20 November. This guidance can be found here.

The MRS Standards Team are continuing to review and update the MRS guidance as and when required. The existing MRS Covid-19 guidance documents continue to apply supplementing the guidance issued today:

If you have any queries about the MRS Code or any of the MRS’ Covid-19 guidance please contact the MRS Standards Team via the MRS Codeline service ([email protected]).