Fish Sanctuaries: Ensuring Jamaica’s Future Fish Supply

Recently we concluded a survey among fisherfolks across seven (7) fish sanctuaries in Jamaica

Conducting Qualitative Research across Jamaica: Highlights

Team Balcostics recently concluded a qualitative research (Focus Groups & Qualitative Surveys) project involving youths, small and large scale farmers across 9 parishes in Jamaica. The following are some lessons  learnt: Scheduling & organizing participants - give participants at least one week notice to prepare and adjust their schedule.Logistics - Some of the target groups were located in deep rural…

Jamaica and ‘Big Data’: The Future of Research

The emergence of 'big data' - the wealth of information being collected daily on customer behaviour and attitude via websites such as Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin etc - will cause a change in research as we know it. Internationally, the 'big data' discourse have gone a far way, however no mention has been made regarding its…

Jamaica Olympics Medal Stats (1948 – 2012)

Jamaica is renown for it’s excellence in track & field. In this infographics, we highlight Jamaica’s performance at each Olympics from 1948 to 2012 London games. With Rio 2016 only a few months away, we pause to reflect on our past achievements. What’s your prediction for the total number of medals Jamaica will earn in Rio?

An Analysis of Violent & Property Crime in Jamaica

This study sought to investigate the impact of police population, arrests rates, unemployment, educational attainment, average income, income inequality and degree of garrisonization on the incidence of violent crimes and property crimes in Jamaica. Main Findings: The rate of arrest and average income variables were found to be robust (strong) determinants of violent crime, with…

Top 10 Dancehall/Reggae Artistes on Social Media – V1.0

This updated version of our 'Top 10 dancehall/reggae artistes on social media', highlight the inclusion of Gyptian and Jah Cure to our list. Gyptian has entered our ranking in the #3 position and Jah Cure #6. This list is created via information gathered from the Facebook and Twitter accounts of Jamaican Artistes - rankings are based…

Conducting your own survey? Here is a quick guide

What is a survey? It is  the systematic/structured gathering of information from a sample/ proportion of individuals for the main purpose of making conclusions/predictions about a larger population/group. Prior to starting a survey, one should... Define a clear purpose for the survey Create research objectives/research questions you intend to answer Decide on a methodology to…

Exploiting Jamaica’s Hydroelectric Potential

Jamaica, the paradise island that is sometimes referred to as “the land of wood and water,” has great hydroelectric potential due to its topography and climate. Out of 120 rivers, the Island has several that are suitable for hydroelectricity power generation. Prime among them are: 1. Back Rio Grande - located in the parish of…

Winning Schools: Champs Stats since 1910

How much do you really know about Jamaica's premier Schools Athletic Championship? Did you know that: Boys Champs begun in 1910 - Wolmers High School won Girls Champs begun in 1957 - St. Hilda's High School won Boys Champs was held separately from Girls Champs In 1999, Boys and Girls Champs were merged into one event There was…

What’s stopping your Financial Success?

Purpose of Article: To highlight some of the main factors preventing achievement of goals To present plausible actions and recommendations to overcome above mentioned problems Discussion of Findings: By reading extensively, as well observing the habits of high achievers and those who fail to achieve, I have been able to identify some of the main…

Natural Disasters & Remittance Inflows: Jamaica’s Experience

Purpose of Study: To Quantify the effects of natural disasters on remittance inflows to Jamaica Data source: The researcher utilized quarterly time series data ranging from 1998 to 2010 2. The data was obtained from the Bank of Jamaica, EM-DAT and The Bureau of Economic Analysis in the United States. Results: The results indicate that…

Stock Market Performance & Economic Growth in Jamaica

Purpose of Study: To determine, if there exist a statistical relationship between the performance of the JSE index and economic growth (GDP) - Jamaica. To determine the the direction of the relationship - test to see if movements in the JSE cause GDP to change or the opposite. Data sources for study: The researcher utilized…

The Telephone Interview Questionnaire

Be Prepared to Interview Be prepared, Be very prepared. It is one thing to gather the courage to walk up to a perfect stranger, put on your best smile and ask them to fill out a questionnaire. It is a completely different thing to make a  phone call to a complete stranger and ask them…

Questionnaire Design most important

Over the years doing data entry, data analysis and interpretation of results for students, lecturers and companies; We have come to concluded that questionnaire design is one of the most critical element of any survey type study (studies where questionnaires are used to collect data). The questionnaire can make or break your data analysis, so…