International Research






Harstad Research is among the most qualified pollsters in America to conduct survey and focus group research abroad.  The firm has conducted surveys and focus groups in nearly a dozen countries stretching across continents—from North and South America to Europe, Asia, and Africa—among adults, voters, consumers, employees, and donors.  We have most recently carried out survey research projects in France, Mexico, and China.

Our Vice President Shawn Bird, PhD, was until recently Deputy Director (Acting) of the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Opinion Research.  In that capacity, Shawn oversaw surveys and focus groups in more than 100 countries in all corners of the globe.  Shawn is a member of AAPOR and WAPOR, and has been a keynote speaker at international conferences of opinion researchers.

Besides knowing the best in-country research firms to partner with, Shawn brings invaluable perspective on the most appropriate survey methodology to employ in diverse countries, whether it be face-to-face, landline and/or cell phone, or even online surveys.   He also knows what languages are needed and what cultural sensitivities need to be accounted for in particular countries.