Fact Tank Apr. 8, 2015

Q/A: How we projected the future of world religions

Demographer Conrad Hackett explains how he and his team put together our major new report and why it differs from past efforts to predict religious change.

Pew Research Center Apr. 8, 2015

Building Pew Research Center’s American Trends Panel

In early 2014, Pew Research Center set out to build a probability-based panel – the American Trends Panel – to supplement our traditional method of data collection in the U.S. – the random digit dial (RDD) telephone survey. Here’s how we built and managed the panel, and what we learned from it in 2014.

Fact Tank Apr. 2, 2015

What we learned about surveying with mobile apps

No research has compared app-based surveys with polls administered via Web browsers. Our new, experimental work compares the results of these two modes.

Fact Tank Mar. 26, 2015

The challenges of using Facebook for research

We wanted to analyze the role Facebook played as a means for people to hear about, discuss and share local news. But getting the data we needed wasn’t easy.

Fact Tank Mar. 23, 2015

On Twitter, local news is hard to find

Here’s a rundown of what worked and what didn’t in using Twitter for our research of three local news ecosystems.

Fact Tank Mar. 5, 2015

Q/A: How Pew Research analyzed local media ‘ecosystems’

Our new report on local news in a digital age looks at both the organizations providing the news and the residents consuming it.

Fact Tank Feb. 26, 2015

Q/A: How Pew Research measures global restrictions on religion

We sat down with researcher Peter Henne to learn more about the complex process of measuring global religious restrictions.

Feb. 24, 2015

Is U.S. fertility at an all-time low? It depends

There are three main ways to measure fertility. None of them is “right” or “wrong,” but each tells a different story about when births bottomed out.

Fact Tank Jan. 29, 2015

Why Pew Research Center is going deeper on science

While we have explored science-related issues in the past, our new science publication marks a more formal commitment to studying the intersection of science with all aspects of society – from public opinion, to politics and policymaking, to religious and ethical considerations, to education and the economy.

Fact Tank Jan. 16, 2015

Religious conversion in Latin America: How we surveyed people on their beliefs

Pew Research Center’s survey in 18 Latin American countries and Puerto Rico found that many Latin Americans are leaving Catholicism and joining evangelical Protestant churches. We sat down with senior researcher Neha Sahgal to see how these conclusions were reached.