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EurekaFacts Presents to the Congressional Caucus on International Exchange and Study

Recently-Release Report on the Impact of Intern & Trainee Exchange Programs

September 14, 2018

ROCKVILLE – Co-chaired by Representatives Jim Himes (D-CT) and Steve Pearce (R-NM), the Congressional Caucus on International Exchange and Study held a congressional briefing on September 14 for legislators and their staff on Capitol Hill discussing the impact of the Intern and Trainee International Exchange Programs.

EurekaFacts presented key findings of a recently-released report on the impact of international exchange, from an extensive research study commissioned by the Alliance for International Exchange, examining the value of the Intern and Trainee International Exchange programs to U.S. constituents. Part of the U.S. Department of State’s Exchange Visitor Program, these programs offer international candidates an opportunity to live in the U.S. temporarily, participate in professional training with host organizations and experience American culture. 

Key Findings Identified in the Report

The U.S. Department of State’s Intern and Trainee programs are cultural exchange programs that are valuable to our country, participants and host organizations. View Full Report >

  • The Intern and Trainee international exchange programs are effective tools of public diplomacy
  • Participants developed more positive attitudes toward the American culture, people and business practices
    • 73.1% developed a more positive attitude of the U.S. after their experience
    • 75.6% expressed a more positive opinion of the American people
    • 93% develop American friends that they keep in touch with after they return home
  • These programs significantly impact the U.S. economy
    • Interns and Trainees contributed an estimated $662.6 million to the U.S. economy during their stay in 2017
    • Host organizations value the program and use it in ways that the domestic workforce cannot fulfill
  • Each of these adds value to American businesses and comparable programs benefit American workers
    • Nearly 70% of interns and trainees report a more positive opinion about American companies and
      the American way of doing business
    • 75% of host organizations reveal that participants broaden perspectives of current staff through exposure to different cultures
    • 36% of host organizations see long-term impact to the company by establishing connections and partnerships in key overseas markets
  • Participants and host organizations have positive short-term and long-term impacts from these programs

Speakers on the Panel

This panel featured representatives from the international educational and cultural exchange community and the authors of the report, including:

About EurekaFacts

EurekaFacts is a market research firm focused on quantitative and qualitative research as well as advanced data analysis. Headquartered in Rockville, EurekaFacts has emerged as a leading insights provider with specialized expertise in conducting research with international audiences.

About the Alliance for International Exchange

As the voice of international exchange, the Alliance promotes the growth and impact of exchange programs and the effectiveness of its members by engaging in advocacy, providing member development opportunities and building public awareness of the power of international exchange.

 

EurekaFacts CEO Jorge Restrepo Awarded “Negocio del Año/Business of the Year” at the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference

Rockville, MD – During the 16thanniversary celebration at the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference,EurekaFacts was awarded the “Negocio del Año/Business of the Year” at the Premios Épico awards luncheon held on September 4, 2018 at the Bethesda North Marriott Hotel and Conference Center.

“I’m honored to receive this award recognizing ‘in unity, there is strength’ and our extensive work in the Hispanic business community,” shared CEO Jorge Restrepo who accepted the award on behalf of EurekaFacts at the Maryland Hispanic Business Conference. “It reflects our growth and the many accomplishments we’ve had as a team. A big thank you to our staff, clients and community partners. We couldn’t have done it without you.”

The Maryland Hispanic Business Conference was well-attended by 600 attendees, including Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, US Senator Chris Van Hollen, Montgomery County Council members, a delegation of visiting business owners from Colombia and leaders from Johns Hopkins, BGE, WSSC, Wells Fargo, state agencies and many other organizations.

The Negocio del Año/Business of the Year is awarded to an innovative, Maryland-based business that has shown outstanding commitment in tapping new growth areas, spurring economic development, creating jobs, showcasing leadership and giving back to the community. It is one of three awards given out at the Premios Épicos awards luncheon celebrating the achievements of successful entrepreneurs making a difference in our robust Hispanic community.

Maryland is home to more than 40,000 Hispanic businesses – the fastest growing segment of the region’s business community. Hispanic entrepreneurs are fueling our nation’s economic growth – contributing over $661 billion nationally and growing in total numbers 15 times the average rate. Hispanic consumers spend over $1.7 trillion on retail and consumer packaged goods annually and it is expected to rise as Hispanics reach an estimated 28.6% of the US population by 2060.

About EurekaFacts
EurekaFacts is a market research firm focused on quantitative and qualitative research as well as advanced data analysis. Headquartered in Rockville, EurekaFacts has emerged as a leading insights provider with specialized expertise in conducting research with hard-to-reach audiences, including Hispanic entrepreneurs, consumers and 11 segmentos of Hispanics plus a number of other lingual groups.

About Maryland Hispanic Business Conference
The Maryland Hispanic Business Conference is the leading Hispanic business event in the Washington, DC region providing workshops, seed funding and mentoring to this region’s fastest growing entrepreneurial community to equip them for growth. For the last 16 years, 8,000 Hispanic business owners, government officials, financial institutions and community leaders have attended. Our Premios Épico committee recognizes three winners – American Dream, Latina Powerhouse and Negocio del Año awardees – from our community.

Study of Intern and Trainee Exchange Program Indicates Significant Benefits for Participants and U.S. Economy

Rockville, MDEurekaFacts, an independent market research and analysis firm, conducted a comprehensive study of the Intern and Trainee programs, two visa categories within the State Department’s Exchange Visitor Program (EVP). The Intern and Trainee programs allow international candidates to temporarily live in the United States, participate in educational or occupational training with host organizations, and experience American culture.

The Alliance for International Exchange, an association of nearly 90 international exchange-implementing organizations, commissioned EurekaFacts to conduct a thorough review of the Intern and Trainee programs. The assessment included a comprehensive review of the program, a survey of over 3,000 program alumni, and interviews and a survey of over 1,300 host organizations. 

Key findings show that the program conveys significant benefits to the U.S. in terms of public diplomacy:

  • Nearly three quarters (73.1%) of participants state they developed a much more positive or more positive opinion about the U.S. in general after their program experience.
  • Three quarters (75.6%) participants developed a much more positive or more positive opinion of the American people.
  • Nearly all (95.7%) of participants state that their experience in the U.S. was very good or good.
  • Nearly all (95%) participants feel that the program provided them with practical skills and expertise.

Intern and trainee participants leave the program with a greater regard for the U.S., the American people, and the American way of doing business.

Additionally, key findings show that the program conveyed significant benefits to U.S. host organizations:

  • The majority (84.5%) of host organizations consider the program important to their business.
  • Three quarters (75.3%) of host organizations reveal that exchange visitor participants broaden perspectives of current staff through exposure to different cultures.
  • The majority (71%) of host organizations indicate that the program helps staff develop intercultural communication skills.
  • If the Intern/Trainee program was no longer available, over half (56.5%) of respondents state that this would have a moderate or major negative impact on their organization.

The Intern and Trainee program allows host organizations to accomplish specific business tasks or projects, support diversity and improve intercultural skills, and gain exposure to new and innovative international perspectives.

The analysis suggests that Intern and Trainee participants supplement the existing American workforce rather than compete with American workers for existing jobs. In 2017, participants contributed more than $600 million to the US economy.   

The study was led by EurekaFacts’ Chief Business Officer Paul Schroeder, MA, Malinda Rhone, PhD, and Chief Executive Officer Jorge Restrepo, MGA, following the international quality for market, public opinion and social research ISO 20252, to which EurekaFacts is certified. To access a copy of the full report, go to: www.EurekaFacts.com/Intern_Trainee.pdf

               

Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI) Selects EurekaFacts to Build Research Panel of Latino Business Owners

ROCKVILLE, MD – EurekaFacts, an independent market research and analysis firm has been selected by the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI) to build a research panel of Latino business owners. Researchers will use the panel to gain insights into Latino-owned businesses in America.

The SLEI is a research collaboration between the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN), a not for profit organization established in 2013 to grow the American economy and empower Latino entrepreneurs through research, education, and networks.

The SLEI examines the characteristics of successful Latino entrepreneurs, the state of the Latino business ecosystem, and issues central to Latino-owned businesses. Their findings are presented in the annual State of Latino Entrepreneurship report.

EurekaFacts CEO Jorge Restrepo says, “A business panel of Latino entrepreneurs will be a valuable resource for SLEI. As panel members, Latino entrepreneurs can share their knowledge and experiences to help SLEI and LBAN further their mission of doubling the number of scaled-up Latino businesses in America.”

Restrepo has strong ties to SLEI. In 2017, he was in the fourth cohort of business owners to participate in Stanford University’s Scaling Excellence executive program. He has also been invited to serve on the LBAN’s advisory board.

Once operational, the research panel will provide the SLEI a dedicated source of information to further their research on Latino business owners and their businesses.

To join the panel, visit www.eurekafacts.com/slei-participate. To learn more about SLEI and LBAN, visit http://lban.us/.

 About EurekaFacts 

EurekaFacts is an independent market research firm focused on quantitative and qualitative research and advanced data analysis. With the ability to support high-quality research and analytics, EurekaFacts has emerged as a leading insights provider.

 About the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative

The Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI) is a research collaboration between Stanford University housed at the Graduate School of Business and the Latino Business Action Network (LBAN), a 501(c)3 not for profit organization located in Palo Alto, CA. LBAN endeavors to empower Latino and Latina entrepreneurs to grow large businesses through entrepreneurship research, education, and networks. LBAN's ultimate goal is to double the number of $10 million, $100 million and $1 billion Latino-owned businesses by 2025.

[Rockville] Survey Results for Proposed New Community Center in City's Southwest Now Available Online

Rockville, MD — Results from a survey conducted to assess residents’ views on whether they desire a new community center are available online at the City of Rockville’s website. 

The “City of Rockville Community Interest Survey” was conducted Jan. 8-Feb. 7 and was sent to households within the general area proposed for the new center — west of I-270 and south of Hurley Avenue.

The results can be viewed at www.rockvillemd.gov/2018communitycentersurvey. Consultant EurekaFacts presented the survey results to the Mayor and Council at their Monday, April 9 meeting.

The survey found that 66.7 percent of respondents support or strongly support a new community recreation center in the area.
The survey also asked all respondents to identify their priorities for recreation spaces in the survey area.

• 46 percent placed a high priority on more natural areas (e.g., green spaces).
• 30 percent placed a high priority on improvement to existing park and recreation facilities.
• 26 percent placed a high priority on greater access to facilities for outdoor sports (e.g., soccer, baseball, basketball).
• 25 percent placed a high priority on additional community recreation centers.

Respondents who support or strongly support a new center weighed in on their preferred location. The most preferred location was the vicinity of the Wootton Parkway and Falls Road intersection. The top requested amenity of a new center was a “fitness/wellness center.”

The Mayor and Council’s discussion of possible funding for a new community center will be part of a Monday, April 23 work session on the FY 2019 budget.

For more information go to: http://www.rockvillemd.gov/CivicAlerts.aspx?AID=1653

 

EurekaFacts Forms Artificial Intelligence Center, Joins Ruta N Innovation Network in Medellin, Colombia

ROCKVILLE, Md., March 6, 2018 – EurekaFacts has been invited to base its artificial intelligence and machine learning development at the Ruta N, innovation network based in Medellin, Colombia. Through the Ruta N Landing program, EurekaFacts will gain access to talent, resources and an ecosystem of innovation firms. These focus on innovation in information technology, and business process automation among its six target cluster areas. This resource will be instrumental in EurekaFacts initiative to develop AIM, its center for Artificial Intelligence Mechanics.

RutaN
“We are excited about having EurekaFacts in our network” says Alejandro Franco, Executive Director of Ruta N. Founded in 2010, Ruta N was created to inspire and encourage innovation in the city and create favorable conditions for business and entrepreneurship. It aims to make Medellin the preeminent innovation hub in South America.


EurekaFacts CEO Jorge Restrepo says, “We are basing our AI unit in Colombia to support our operations in the US and throughout Latin-America. The city and its talent offer great opportunities for insight and innovation that is hard to find anywhere else around the world. Ruta N is a prime example of a city that gets the importance of supporting entrepreneurship and innovation.”


Established in 2003, EurekaFacts has risen as a new kind of insights provider, utilizing innovation to support high-quality research, data capture, and advanced analytics. The company conducts advanced analytics for predictive modeling and process automation. EurekaFacts provides information and insight that helps identify and maximize opportunity for better impact.
Ruta N emphasizes four key ingredients: talent training, access to capital, generation of the necessary infrastructure, and development of innovative businesses. In this way it promotes an innovative culture, the creation of jobs, strengthening of institutions, talent training, and access to markets.


To learn more about EurekaFacts visit www.Eurekafacts.com. To learn about Ruta N visit www.rutanmedellin.org
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Upgraded AV Technology for Research Lab

EurekaFacts is proud to announce that we just finished upgrading the AV technology for our focus group and user testing facilities in Rockville. As a client put it, “The video quality is amazing! It’s going to be hard to go back to the old-school low resolution next time I have to watch a focus group video!".

The new features include ultra-high resolution; crystal-clear video streaming, pan-zoom-tilt digital cameras with multiple locations in the room, ‘whisper to moderator’ feature from the observation room, advanced data coding and built-in video editing features, easy 1-2-3 data exports, and much more.  The enhancements offer clear benefits to focus group sessions, In depth interviewing, usability and cognitive testing.  

Concurrent with the new technology, Eurekafacts has joined the Focus Vision network.This step makes the facility also available to firms that manage their research assets in the focus vision platform. Research clients can now choose to use the EurekaFacts video tagging/streaming capability or the FocusVision platform for their studies.

EurekaFacts Field Services Director Cheryl Wiese says "We are very excited to add this upgrade to the best focus group facility in the region. We look forward to welcoming current and new clients and having them benefit from this wonderful technology".

EurekaFacts to host the Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Holiday Celebration

The Montgomery County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce invites members of the local business community to their annual holiday celebration. Attendees at this free event will have the opportunity to network, exchange ideas and discover new partnerships.

The event will be on Dec. 19 at the EurekaFacts focus group and event facilities in Rockville Town Center. Those interested are encouraged to RSVP by Dec. 18.

More information and registration.

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The Flu Vaccine has some healthy competition

ROCKVILLE, Md., October 19, 2017 – A EurekaFacts study recently published in the journal Social Marketing Quarterly showed that those who think a strong immune system can prevent the flu are actually less likely to get a flu shot. “Understanding Flu Vaccination in a Competitive Context” instead found they are engaging in alternative healthy behaviors such as taking vitamins, good nutrition, eating specific “superfoods,” and dressing warmly.

These findings suggest that the decision to get a seasonal flu vaccine may occur in a competitive context where the decision-maker is faced with several choices of behaviors that are perceived to be equally effective in preventing the flu.

“We’re always looking at why consumers are making the choices they make. In the case of flu prevention we wanted to know why those who were choosing health weren’t making the healthiest choice, getting a flu shot” said Alec Ulasevich, PHD, senior director or Public Affairs Research at EurekaFacts. 

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EurekaFacts names Paul Schroeder as Chief Business Officer

EurekaFacts has named Paul Schroeder as their Chief Business Officer. Bringing extensive experience in business development, research management, and operations, Paul will be responsible for developing new business and contributing to the continuing growth of EurekaFacts.

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Densest areas of Puerto Rican diaspora set to receive brunt of Hurricane Maria migrants

ROCKVILLE, MD., October 1, 2017 – Twenty major metropolitan areas with 50,000 or more Hispanics of Puerto Rican origin (view full list) will likely absorb the influx of climate refugees from the island. These cities will need to prepare for new residents who have full US citizenship but several unique characteristics that differentiate them from the general US population and other Hispanics. Examining likely impact of Hurricane Maria on internal migrations, research firm EurekaFacts identified the key cities likely to receive an influx of new residents.  

Cities including New York City, Orlando, Philadelphia, Miami and even Cleveland will likely start seeing new residents arrive just as quickly as transportation infrastructure is restored. In addition to the 20 large jurisdictions, there are 30 other locales such as Buffalo, Phoenix and Charlotte with 10,000-50,000 people who identify as Puerto Rican.   

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Results of Study Indicate That the J-1 Summer Work Travel Program Delivers Significant Public Policy Benefits and Strengthens the U.S. Economy

ROCKVILLE, MD., September 11, 2017 – EurekaFacts, an independent market research and analysis firm, conducted a comprehensive study of the Department of State’s J-1 Summer Work Travel (SWT) program. SWT is one of fourteen categories of the J-1 Exchange Visitor Program. SWT brings more than 100,000 enrolled college students from 100 countries to the United States during their summer university breaks. These students typically work in seasonal locations, at amusement parks, ski destinations, and hospitality small businesses during their peak seasons.

The assessment included a comprehensive review of the program, surveys of international participants from the past five years, interviews and surveys of U.S. host employers, and labor market statistics for the areas where the program operates.

Key findings of the research show that the program delivers significant benefits to the U.S. in terms of public diplomacy:

  • SWT participants leave the program with higher regard and understanding of the United States.
  • 76 percent of SWT participants reported a higher overall regard for the U.S.
  • Three in four participants say their opinions of American people became more positive.
  • 73 percent reported cultural exchange as their top reason for participating; only 3.1% reported earning money as their top reason.
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Millennial workers feel held back by Baby Boomer and Gen X bosses

ROCKVILLE, MD., August 31, 2017 –EurekaFacts recently released a new report that provides clearer evidence of millennial’s attitudes and opinions about work-related issues. “Millennial Work Engagement: An Unmet Desire” indicates that millennials are indeed passionate about their work, and often seek out employment with a meaningful purpose. However, they do not feel they are getting the support they need to advance in their careers from their Gen X and Baby Boomer employers.


Four possible scenarios are presented to explain the results:

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Does the Summer Work Travel International Exchange Program Work?

ROCKVILLE, MD., August 28, 2017 – The Alliance for International Exchange, an association of cultural exchange agencies, asked EurekaFacts to find just that. The Summer Work Travel program—one of five programs included in the J1 Visitor Exchange Program—brings more than 100,000 college students from 100 countries to the United States during their summer break. These students typically work at amusement parks, ski destinations and hospitality small businesses during their peak seasons.

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EurekaFacts to use EEG (electroencephalogram) devices to hear what participants aren’t saying

Our researchers can now measure and compare the emotional impact of an advertisement and discover which content and features drive engagement, which can ultimately connect aspects of design to real behavior. Rather than relying solely on customer’s filtered verbal reports, EurekaFacts uses EEG (electroencephalogram) measures to obtain non-conscious, non-filtered participant reactions to products in real-time. When combined with eye tracking software, our clients can get a glimpse of once hidden critical information on individual’s reactions that are driving their decisions.

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EurekaFacts, LLC, Scores Among Top Performers by Dun & Bradstreet's Open Ratings

ROCKVILLE, Md., February 17, 2017 -- EurekaFacts announces that it has been certified as a Top Performer based on Dun & Bradstreet's Open Ratings past performance evaluation (PPE) survey responses of EurekaFacts referenced customers. EurekaFacts’ PPE score of 94% across nine key measures demonstrates outstanding overall customer satisfaction relative to client expectations and to similar companies in its industry.

In a time of great social and market change, it is important to stay focused on the customer's objectives. With all measures in the mid to upper nineties, the score represents EurekaFacts' dedication to excellence. In individual categories of reliability, customer support, order accuracy, business relations, personnel, and responsiveness, EurekaFacts scored a 95% or higher.

Jorge Restrepo, EurekaFacts Founder and President, stated, "I think this is a testament to the customer-oriented culture at EurekaFacts and the dedication of every team member to consistently deliver superior quality solutions.” Mr. Restrepo also stated, "I am very fortunate to have assembled a great team of experienced and highly qualified researchers and analysts. They deserve a lot of credit for exhibiting such a level of quality service which embodies our core values."

The company has maintained high ratings since it first implemented enterprise-wide measurement of customer satisfaction in 2005. Open Ratings calculates supplier performance scores using a sophisticated algorithm that considers the amount of information available on a supplier, the accuracy of the raters and how current the information is. Corporate executives noted that the strong rating from Dun & Bradstreet's Open Ratings evaluation might increase their chances of winning contracts and serves as a springboard as EurekaFacts prepares to submit proposals in some of the upcoming procurements.

About EurekaFacts

EurekaFacts is a full-service marketing research and data analytics firm that provides customer and stakeholder insights for organizations to shape and optimize their business decisions, strategies, and tactics. Using our knowledge, experience and the latest and best tools and methods available, EurekaFacts is committed to serving organizations with our core technical skills in quantitative and qualitative research and advanced data analysis. Focused on quality and positive social impact, the company established its own Institutional Review Board, is certified to the international standard for market, public opinion and social research ISO 20252, maintains a FISMA-rated secure environment, and is a minority-owned SDB/MBE/DBE certified firm.

For more information about EurekaFacts, visit our web site ww.EurekaFacts.com or directly contact Erik Schonher, MBA, CeM, CDO, 240.403.1945, schonhere@EurekaFacts.com

EurekaFacts, LLC, Scores Among Top Performers by Dun & Bradstreet's Open Ratings

ROCKVILLE, Md., February 17, 2017 -- EurekaFacts announces that it has been certified as a Top Performer based on Dun & Bradstreet's Open Ratings past performance evaluation (PPE) survey responses of EurekaFacts referenced customers. EurekaFacts’ PPE score of 94% across nine key measures demonstrates outstanding overall customer satisfaction relative to client expectations and to similar companies in its industry.

In a time of great social and market change, it is important to stay focused on the customer's objectives. With all measures in the mid to upper nineties, the score represents EurekaFacts' dedication to excellence. In individual categories of reliability, customer support, order accuracy, business relations, personnel, and responsiveness, EurekaFacts scored a 95% or higher.

Jorge Restrepo, EurekaFacts Founder and President, stated, "I think this is a testament to the customer-oriented culture at EurekaFacts and the dedication of every team member to consistently deliver superior quality solutions.” Mr. Restrepo also stated, "I am very fortunate to have assembled a great team of experienced and highly qualified researchers and analysts. They deserve a lot of credit for exhibiting such a level of quality service which embodies our core values."

The company has maintained high ratings since it first implemented enterprise-wide measurement of customer satisfaction in 2005. Open Ratings calculates supplier performance scores using a sophisticated algorithm that considers the amount of information available on a supplier, the accuracy of the raters and how current the information is. Corporate executives noted that the strong rating from Dun & Bradstreet's Open Ratings evaluation might increase their chances of winning contracts and serves as a springboard as EurekaFacts prepares to submit proposals in some of the upcoming procurements.

Innovation in Cognitive Research among Children

The EurekaFacts Consumer Insights and Human Factors teams will be presenting their latest advances in cognitive science methodology at the AAPOR Conference in New Orleans, LA. The studies contribute to better science in cognitive research among children. Research titled “The Effect of Interview Duration on the Think-Aloud Quality in Children” and “Concurrent versus Retrospective Think-Aloud Method in 4th Grade Children” will be presented by EurekaFacts Director of Customer Insights, Bohdana Sherehiy, PhD, and Cognitive Research Scientist Mila Sugovic, PhD. The studies are co-authored with Senior Analyst Ismail Nooraddini, M.A., and Analysts Michael Plotkin and Cecilia Teal MSW.

EurekaFacts is presenting at APHA 2016!

EurekaFacts experts will present original research findings from the EurekaFacts Millennial Panel at the American Public Health Association 2016 Annual Meeting & Expo taking place Oct. 29 – Nov. 2 in Denver, CO.

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EurekaFacts Certified to ISO 20252 International Quality Standard for Social Research

Port Jefferson, NY – The CASRO Institute for Research Quality (CIRQ) has awarded certification to EurekaFacts for compliance to the ISO 20252 Standard for Market, Opinion and Social Research. EurekaFacts hits several first’s with this certification: first among minority business enterprise (MBE) firms, first among Hispanic-owned companies, and first among Maryland companies.

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