Audience Dialogue

Forthcoming and recent pages on this site

This page is in two parts:
1. Pages recently added to this site
2. New pages that we're going to put on this site (as soon as we get a moment)

We always try to be responsive to our users, so if you see a forthcoming page that particularly interests you, but is listed with a low priority, please contact us if you'd like to see that page sooner rather than later. Sometimes there's a reason for our delay, but if not, we'll oblige by increasing the priority of a page that our readers are specially interested in.

Change of domain name, from .org to .net
August 2007: We had to get a new domain name - from the previous it has now become This all started when we changed hosts, but the registrar the original host had chosen is refusing to relinquish the name. Rather than face a long legal battle, we just took out a new domain name. Hopefully we'll get the original one back before long.

Pages added recently

July 2007: Coding without transcription. If you've done a qualitative research study, and blanch at the thought of transcribing many hours of conversation, don't panic. Maybe there's no need to transcribe it all.

June 2007: The page on recommended books on media research has been rewritten, adding some new books, and removing some that are now out of print. (But this is a stopgap: see below, under Pages on the Way.)

January 2007: Working with interpreters - how to run a course in a non-English-speaking country with an interpreter - or two.

April 2006: As India is currently setting up commercial radio, an audience measurement system is needed. This page offers our advice as to what's needed in a comprehensive system for measuring radio audiences.

March 2006: Finally moved the page Reading from the screen from Dennis List's literary website (where it never really belonged) to here. This may be one of the oldest pages still on the web - originally written in 1997. It has been updated a little, but more updating is needed, and will be done soon.

February 2006: An expanded section on futures studies, including the complete text of Dennis List's PhD thesis, Scenario Network Mapping,

January 2006: A brief new book, Quick Guide to Audience Research. Not as detailed as Know Your Audience, but a broad overview of audience research methods and their application. The complete book, around 50 pages, A4 size, can be freely downloaded.

Pages on the way

Recommended books:
Our page of books on research methods is too big, and we want to add still more books. So we're going to split it into about 10 smaller pages. The new format will list several hundred books, in a slightly wider range of topic areas. As on the existing page, these books will be hand-picked - for each topic, a few books that we think are the best.

Leave-and-collect surveys:
This is a chapter not included in Know Your Audience because it would be a mixture of the chapter on fieldwork and the chapter on mail surveys. Though repetition is annoying and wasteful in a printed book, it's not a problem on the Web. Some time soon, we'll create a guide to this simple survey method by taking parts from those two chapters.

More on consensus groups:
Several papers with more details on how to do consensus groups, particularly on ways of analysing them and reporting on the findings.

The full text of Know Your Audience won't stay forever on this site, in book form. The best format for a book is not the best format for a website. So we've changed it: instead of long chapters, there are now a lot of smaller web pages, each on a specific topic.

Hardly started

How to interpret published findings of surveys.

A new case study: relating effects to causes for a magazine's circulation.

How to encourage useful feedback from website visitors.

General findings from customer satisfaction studies.

After doing a series of action research projects recently, we've had some thoughts about how action research can be improved. Dennis List wrote an article on the use of action research in scenario planning. This was published in a special issue of the journal Futures, early in 2006. That article will form the basis for three new pages on this site: one on the use of cycles (and cycles within cycles) in action research, one on determining the most suitable form of participation for a project, and one on the systematic use of reflection: creating a framework that enables self-criticism.

A page listing what people are searching for on this site. If enough people are searching for the same information, and it's not there, we'll create a page about it.