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What People Say

If you want quality survey research done in the United States today—creative, careful, conclusive—you should hasten to the FDR door. I′ve worked with this team for fifteen years and there′s no issue on which they can′t find a sound way to take (and record, analyze and interpret) the pulse of the general public or a key constituency within it.

Chester E. Finn, Jr., Thomas B. Fordham Institute

I have used FDR Group research and expertise for over a decade and on many projects which varied in scope from simple to complex. I have always been delighted with the results they provide, in terms of insight, rigor, timeliness, and ease of use. I recommend them highly for anyone who needs clear insights into how the public thinks.

Brad Rourke, Kettering Foundation

Education is filled with organizations that will tell you what they think. There are precious few that are able and eager to learn what parents, students, and educators think, and that have the backbone to report those without fear or favor.  When it comes to that work, the FDR Group may not be in a class by itself, but it sure doesn′t take long to call the roll.  I′ve had the privilege of working with FDR on numerous occasions, and have persistently been impressed by their thoughtfulness, grit, and desire to be sure they′ve got it right—and then their willingness to puncture orthodoxy when it′s called for.

Frederick M. Hess, American Enterprise Institute


Terry Ryan, BLUUM

I’ve been working with Steve and Ann at the FDR Group for 20+ years. They are tops at generating research that reflects the voices and concerns of real citizens, parents, and students. Their work results in action and has been invaluable in my efforts to improve public education in Ohio and in Idaho.

From the start, I was impressed by the FDR Group′s unique combination of practical knowledge and professional expertise. They not only pay close attention to methodology and are committed to producing unbiased research, but they also really understand the issues and are able to engage in analysis that is much deeper and more thoughtful than other survey research groups I′ve worked with. As a team, Ann and Steve have always been willing to go the extra mile and have consistently produced timely and excellent research. They are truly a pleasure to work with!

Elena Silva, New America

Ann is not only a whiz at market research, she′s an excellent project manager and communicator. I highly recommend her.

Sarah Durham, Big Duck

PEN America has been fortunate to join forces with the FDR Group on numerous occasions to tackle issues spanning disinformation, censorship efforts by state actors and self-censorship by writers. Sound, credible, and rigorous research is absolutely essential when navigating a field where the very nature of truth is under attack, and we are grateful to have partnered with an organization that is committed to the highest research standards.

Suzanne Nossel, PEN America

I've had the pleasure of working with the FDR Group on two important surveys with a complex array of target audiences, stakeholders, and measurement requirements. Throughout both experiences, Ann and Steve have been incredibly thoughtful, conscientious, and precise. They know how real people think and speak and are able to translate tricky questions into ones that are easy to answer. They really listen when people share their experiences with them and are able to gain the trust of their respondents through integrity and tireless support. And, they have the technical toolkit and know-how to turn around insights from messy survey results. Calls with the FDR Group are always my favorite of the week and I hope to do more survey research in the future with them!


Layla O'Kane, Lightcast

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