I interviewed Jane Frost, CEO of the UK’s Market Research Society for the Fall issue of QRCA VIEWS magazine. https://lnkd.in/e2mxuYq. With over 5,000 members the MRS is the second largest market research professional organization in the world. Jane described the central role qualitative research plays in the UK, how her organization is working with government to help the industry stay strong during the pandemic, and the MRS commitment to diversity. The face-to-face market research industry in the UK has disappeared overnight and may never come back to its previous level.
Jane described how qualitative research in the UK is more “pure” using traditional face-to-face methods such as in-depth interviews and focus groups. On this side of the pond, clients expect numbers to justify insights so our approach tends to be mixed with quantitative methods, though that may be changing. The MRS plays a pivotal role in advancing the stature and skills of their members and offer high quality professional education to their members to help them stay up to date and competitive. They also sponsor excellent conferences.
Lately, Jane and her organization have focused on advancing diversity and equity within the sector. The MRS has created the “MRS Pledge” where market research industry organizations sign on and commit to actively recruit and promote employees from under-represented and non-traditional backgrounds. Jane is hoping to generalize the “MRS Pledge” to become a model for a world wide “CEO Pledge” to raise diversity within the profession beyond the UK.
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