Babson Survey Research Group and Quahog Research Group, LLC
The Quahog Research Group (QRG) is a survey design, implementation, and analysis organization. It was founded in 2005 as the Babson Survey Research Group within the Arthur M. Blank Center for Entrepreneurship at Babson College to centralize and coordinate the survey research on the Babson Campus. This included a number of large annual surveys including the survey of global entrepreneurship (GEM) involving more than 65 countries and 160,000 respondents worldwide and the annual survey of online education that includes all colleges and universities in the US.
The organization has recently expanded its focus to include a larger proportion of commercial clients. A separate LLC, Quahog Research Group LLC, now conducts all survey work to provide total separation of the commercial survey activities from the academic environment. Previous Babson Survey Research Group activities have also transferred to QRG, which continues to issue academic reports distributed through Babson College and branded as the Babson Survey Research Group.
With support for the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, QRG conducted a series of eight national, and additional regional, reports on the state of online learning among U.S. higher education institutions. These reports, collectively known as the "Sloan Surveys of Online Learning" have become the most widely quoted and respected source of information of the trends in online learning.
QRG has partnered with and received funding from many external universities, businesses, foundations, and agencies for many of its surveys including the London School of Business, Hunter College, the Commonwealth Institute, the College Board, Eduventures, Citizen’s Bank, the Sloan Foundation, the Southern Regional Education Board, the Midwestern Higher Education Compact, and the American Distance Education Consortium. These surveys include online data collection as well as telephone and direct mail outreach.
The scope of QRG activities range from responsibility for all stages of the project to design and/or analysis only. These tasks may include initial proposals, sample selection, survey design, all methodological decisions, analysis plan, all statistical analyses, and production of reports. In addition, we also provide design and provide analytic support to controlled and quasi-controlled trials and studies in clinical and non-clinical settings.