The stakes don’t come much higher than those faced daily by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Its head of information, Mark Dalton, tells Jo Bowman how data is changing the way help reaches those most in need.
It only takes a glance at the newspapers to appreciate that the numbers of people affected by conflict in the world right now is beyond vast. Mark Dalton is at the coal face of these many crises and says the situation is unprecedented in recent times. He is Chief of the Information Services Branch of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), serving OCHA staff and humanitarian partners around the world.
Can we expect the US 2016 polls to be any good?
The American polling community is no stranger to controversy during hard-fought election campaigns, pollsters often have serious arguments about appropriate methods (such as whether random-digit dialing or using voter registration lists are better for primary elections, and what is the proper percentage of mobile phone numbers in a sample). Politicians certainly argue with pollsters when they are not happy with poll results, often citing the shopworn phrase “The only poll that counts is the one on election day.”
Fleeing wars, famine or simply looking for a better life, the misplaced masses of the world have dominated headlines this year. The dramatic exodus causes tensions, dominates debates and can even influences elections. What do opinion polls and social research say about this global problem?
From the coasts of the Mediterranean to the townships of South Africa, from the Channel Tunnel to the US-Mexican border; immigrants and refugees are a growing and seemingly unstoppable concern. We investigated the various regions where border tensions are dividing popular opinion, and asked if this leads to increased social and opinion research, and if so, how it informs the difficult discussion on this topic.