Analytics and insights are today’s hot business topic. In my 20 years’ experience working in the communications measurement sector, I have never known so much interest in the topic. This demand has created a rush of new and old vendors offering many differing tools, solutions and services to monitor and evaluate communications. According to Ken Burbary’s wiki, there are well over 220 companies offering these types of services and this number is growing daily.

This high number of potential suppliers with differing levels of experience can cause problems. One of these is the lack of consistency in results when measuring the same campaign between one provider and another. One of the key problems here is that frequently the wrong terms and definitions are being used by the providers. For example, ‘OTS’, ‘readership’, ‘circulation’, and ‘audience reach’ all mean different things but in some cases are used by different suppliers interchangeably. There are many other examples of these types of problems – ‘hits’ and ‘page views’ anyone?

As an industry, if we are to solve this issue, it is imperative that we all say what we mean, and mean what we say. As the industry looks to set standards and demonstrate consistent, credible approaches to measurement, we must first be aligned behind consistent and correct terminology.

Our friends at the IPR have produced a great resource to help the industry do exactly that. The ‘Dictionary of Public Relations Measurement & Research’ painstakingly explains each term in common use and provides a clear definition too. Edited by Don Stacks and Shannon Bowen, ‘The Dictionary of Public Relations Measurement & Research’ is available for download here.


The IPR, the USA based Institute for Public Relations (as distinct from the UK’s PR trade association the CIPR), has updated its excellent White Paper “Guidelines for Setting Measurable Public Relations Objectives”.

Setting measurable objectives at the outset of any PR activity is of fundamental importance. Communications objectives need to support the goals of the organisation. They should be SMART (specific, measurable, achievable,  relevant and time-bound). They need to be set out in advance of any work with a clear indication of what success would look like. Communications objectives need to move beyond counting outputs to linking the communications activity to changing attitudes and behaviours and ultimately organisational impact.

The IPR’s excellent White Paper provides lots more information on this crucially important  subject. Authored by the IPR’s Measurement Commission and spearheaded by Forrest W. Anderson Planning & Evaluation Consultant,Linda Hadley, Senior Vice President, Research, Porter Novelli, David Rockland Partner & CEO, Ketchum Global Research & Analytics and Mark Weiner, CEO of PRIME Research Americas.

The Paper, ‘Guidelines for Setting Measurable Public Relations Objectives” can be downloaded here.


Traditonal mediaBARB – Broadcast Audience Research BoarProvides viewing data on a weekly, monthly and quarterly basis. Includes data on channels, programmes and viewing.barb.co.uk
JICREG – Joint Industry Committee for Regional Media ResearchProvides newspaper and website reports for regional press by region. Reports cover average issue readership, and demographics including age, gender and socio-economic grade.jiab.jicreg.co.uk
MediatelMediatel is a media industry destination for media data, planning tools, market insight, news and conferencesmediatel.co.uk/
Newspaper SocietyThis has limited information about readership and coverage.newsmediauk.org
RAJAR – Radio Joint Audience ResearchProvides quarterly listening figures for national and local radio stations including reach and average hours per listener. Includes infographics on radio listening and digital platforms.nrs.co.uk
RAJAR – Radio Joint Audience ResearchProvides quarterly listening figures for national and local radio stations including reach and average hours per listener. Includes infographics on radio listening and digital platforms.rajar.co.uk
Social / digital mediaAlexaSource of website traffic data.alexa.com
BacktweetsSearch for links on Twitterbacktweets.com
BitlyThis is a tool that provides a shortened URL and can deliver associated analytics such as the history of clicks, and sharing through Facebook and Twitter.bitly.com
BufferAllows you to drive traffic, increase engagement and save time on social mediabuffer.com
Facebook InsightsAnalytics on interaction with your accountfacebook.com/help/search/?q=insights
Google AlertsProvides regular alerts on new web, news blog and research content based on search criteriagoogle.co.uk/alerts
Google AnalyticsWebsite analyticsgoogle.co.uk/analytics
Google News SearchAggregated headlines and search engine for many news servicesnews.google.co.uk
Google TrendsExplore trends in what people are searching for on Googlegoogle.co.uk/trends
HootsuitePlanning and management tool for social mediahootsuite.com
KredInfluence score and platformhome.kred
LinkedIn AnalyticsAnalytics on interaction with individual accountslinkedin.com/help
Social BakersData-driven insights from social mediasocialbakers.com
SocialmentionReal-time social media search & analysissocialmention.com
ThunderclapThunderclap is a “crowdspeaking” platform that lets individuals and companies rally people together to spread a message.thunderclap.it
TraackrInfluencer identification and management platformtraackr.com
TweetdeckTwitter listening & engagement tooltweetdeck.twitter.com
TweriodTweriod gives you the best times to tweet.tweriod.com
Twitter AnalyticsAnalytics on interaction with your accountanalytics.twitter.com
Paid media
IAB – Internet Advertising BureauThe IAB site includes a jargon buster in the resources section, and features data and infographics on certain sectorsiabuk.net
IPA – Institute of Practitioners in AdvertisingThe IPA site includes a Best Practice Guide to Evaluation of advertising campaignsipa.co.uk
NetvibesDashboard solution for Advertising, Social, Media and PR agenciesnetvibes.com
Market research EventbriteA tool that enables promotion, management of invitations and registration for events with the ability to monitor response and entry on the day.eventbrite.co.uk
Mail Chimp
A tool to create, send and track email traffic.mailchimp.com
Market Research Society
The Market Research Society (MRS) is the world’s leading research association. For all those who need, use, generate or interpret the evidence essential to making good decisions for commercial and public policy.mrs.org.uk
PolldaddyOnline survey toolpolldaddy.com
Smart SurveyOnline survey toolsmartsurvey.co.uk
Survey MonkeyOnline survey toolsurveymonkey.co.uk
Business insights and data visualisationMicrosoft BIMicrosoft Power BI transforms data into rich visualspowerbi.microsoft.com
TableauVisualisation tool for data from different sourcestableau.com
PiktochartInfographic makerpiktochart.com
PreziPresentation softwareprezi.com
MiscellaneousAMECThe go to site for measurement and analysis resources including a list of measurement providers, best practice and case studiesamecorg.com/resource-centre
CIPRThe CIPR has a number of resources including a Social Media Measurement Guide and a Guide to Social Media Monitoring.cipr.co.uk
data.gov.ukGovernment data and reports. Refine your search by using the menu on the left of the page – ‘Publication Type’ offers research and analysis and statistics options.gov.uk
ICCOThe International Communications Consultancy Organisation (ICCO) is the voice of public relations consultancies around the worldiccopr.com
IPRThe Institute for Public Relations is a non-profit foundation dedicated to research in, on and for public relations.instituteforpr.org
Neighbourhood StatisticsIf you are working on a project which is more locally or regionally based, then this site offers a wealth of information.neighbourhood.statistics.gov.uk
OFCOM – the communications regulatorThe OFCOM site includes ownership and usage figures for television, digital radio and landline/mobile phones.ofcom.org
ONS – Office for National StatisticsA wealth of data (including 2011 Census data) that can be browsed by theme or alphabetically, rather than knowing what survey to look out for. Nomis is a service provided by the Office for National Statistics, ONS, to give you free access to the most detailed and up-to-date UK labour market statistics from official sources.ons.gov.uk/ons
PRCAThe PRCA promotes all aspects of public relations and internal communications work, helping teams and individuals maximise the value they deliver to clients and organisationsprca.org.uk

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Macnamara, J. (2014). The development of international standards for measurement and evaluation of public relations and corporate communication: A review. Sydney, NSW: Australian Centre for Public Communication, University of Technology Sydney. Available at https://www.uts.edu.au/sites/default/files/acpc-pr-measurement-and-evaluation-review.pdf

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Behavioural Economics / Behavioural Insights:

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Thaler, R., & Sunstein, C. (2008). Nudge: Improving decisions about health, wealth, and happiness. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press

Health Communication / Health Promotion:

Bauman, A., & Nutbeam, D. (2014). Evaluation in a nutshell: A practical guide to the evaluation of health promotion programs (2nd ed.). North Ryde, NSW: McGraw-Hill.

Hornik, R. (Ed.). (2002). Public health communication: Evidence for behavior change. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum.

Kreps, G. (2014). Evaluating health communication programs to enhance health care and health promotion. Journal of Health Communication: International Perspectives, 19(12), 1449–1459.

O’Connor-Fleming, M., Parker, E., Higgins, H., & Gould, T. (2006). A framework for evaluating health promotion programs. Health Promotion Journal of Australia, 17(1), 61–66. Available at http://eprints.qut.edu.au/9440/1/9440.pdf

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Shiavo, R. (2014). Planning, implementing, and evaluating a health communication intervention. In Health communication: From theory to practice (2nd ed., Part 3). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Program Theory and Theory of Change:

Anderson, A. (2005). The community builder’s approach to theory of change: A practical guide to theory and development. New York, NY: The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Community Change.

Chen, H. (1990). Theory Driven Evaluations. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Clark, H., & Taplin, D. (2012). Theory of change basics: A primer on theory of change. New York, NY: Actknowledge.

Milstein, B., & Chapel, T. (2014). Developing a logic model or theory of change. Community Tool Box. Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Work Group for Community Health and Development. Available at http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/overview/models-for-community-health-and-development/logic-model-development/main

Owen, J. (2006). Program evaluation: Forms and approaches (3rd ed.). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

Rossi, P., Lipsey, M., & Freeman, H. (2004). Evaluation: A systematic approach (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Wholey, J. (1987). Evaluability assessment: Developing program theory. New Directions for Program Evaluation, 33, 77–92.

Program Evaluation: (See also ‘Program Logic Models’)

Barrett, F. (2013). Program evaluation: A step-by-step guide. Urbana, IL: Sunnycrest.

Boulmetis, J., & Dutwin, P. (2005). The ABCs of evaluation: Timeless techniques for program and project managers. San Francisco, CA: Wiley.

Owen, J. (2006). Program evaluation: Forms and approaches (3rd ed.). Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin.

Rossi, P., Freeman, H., & Lipsey, M. (2004). Evaluation. A systematic approach (7th ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Weiss, C. (1972). Evaluative research: Methods of assessing program effectiveness. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Wholey, J. (1983). Evaluation and effective public management. Boston, MA: Little, Brown.

Wholey J., Hatry, H., & Newcomer, K. (Eds.). (2010). Handbook of practical program evaluation (3rd ed.). San Francisco, CA: Jossey-Bass.

Yarbrough, B., Lyn, M., Shulha, H., Rodney K., & Caruthers, A. (2011). The program evaluation standards: A guide for evaluators and evaluation Users (3rd ed.). Sage.

Program Logic Models:

Bennett, C. (1976). Analyzing impacts of extension programs, ESC-575.Washington, DC: US Department of Agriculture Extension Service.

Fournier, D. (1995). Establishing evaluation conclusions: A distinction between general and working logic. New Directions for Program Evaluation, 68, 15–32.

Henert, E., & Taylor-Power, E. (2008). Developing a logic model: Teaching and training guide. Available at http://www.uwex.edu/ces/pdande/evaluation/pdf/lmguidecomplete.pdf

Julian, D. (1997). The utilization of the logic model as a system level planning and evaluation device. Evaluation and Program Planning, 20(3), 251–257.

Kellogg Foundation. (2004). Logic model development guide. Battle Creek, MI: Author. Available at http://www.epa.gov/evaluate/pdf/eval-guides/logic-model-development-guide.pdf

Knowlton, L. & Phillips, C. (2013). The logic model guidebook: Better strategies for great results (2nd ed.). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

McLaughlin, J., & Jordan, J. (1999). Logic models: a tool for telling your program’s performance story. Evaluation and Program Planning, 22(1), 65–72.

Milstein, B., & Chapel, T. (2014). Developing a logic model or theory of change. Community Tool Box.

Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Work Group for Community Health and Development. Available at http://ctb.ku.edu/en/table-of-contents/overview/models-for-community-health-and-development/logic-model-development/main

PCI (Practical Concepts, Inc.) (1979). The logical framework. A manager’s guide to a scientific approach to design & evaluation. Washington, DC. Available at http://pdf.usaid.gov/pdf_docs/pnabn963.pdf

Rush, B., & Ogbourne A. (1991). Program logic models: Expanding their role and structure for program planning and evaluation. Canadian Journal of Program Evaluation, 6(2), 95–106.

Performance Management:

Better Evaluation. (2015). An international collaboration to improve evaluation practice. Website resources. Available at http://betterevaluation.org/

Boardman, E., Greenberg, D., Vining, A., & Weimer, D. (2010). Cost-benefit analysis concepts and practice (4th ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.

Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization. (2014). How CSIRO ensures it delivers impact. Sydney, NSW: Author. Available at http://www.csiro.au/en/About/Strategy-structure/Our-impact-framework

International Integrated Reporting Council. (2013). International Integrated Reporting Framework. London, UK. Available at http://www.theiirc.org/international-ir-framework

Kaplan, R., & Norton, D. (1992, January-February). The balanced scorecard: Measures that drive performance. Harvard Business Review, 70(1), 71–79.

Layard, R., & Glaister, S. (1994). Cost-benefit analysis (2nd ed). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Levin, H., & McEwan, P. (2001). Cost-effectiveness analysis: Methods and applications. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Love, A. (1991). Internal evaluation: Building organizations from within. Newbury Park, CA: Sage.

Mishan, E., & Quah, E. (2007). Cost-benefit analysis (5th ed.). Milton Park, UK: Routledge.

Walsh, C. (2008). Key management ratios (4th ed.). Harlow, UK: Prentice Hall/Financial Times.


Content Marketing Framework: Measurement. (n.d.). Content Marketing Institute. Available at http://contentmarketinginstitute.com/measurement/

Farris, P., Bendle, N., Pfeifer, P., & Reibstein, D. (2010). Marketing metrics: The definitive guide to measuring marketing performance (2nd ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Education.

Nudge Marketing:

See ‘Behavioural Economics/Insights’

Psychology/Social Psychology:

McGuire, W. (1985). Attitudes and attitude change. In G. Lindzey & E. Aronson (Eds.), Handbook of social psychology (2nd ed., Vol. 3, pp. 136-314). Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.

McGuire, W. J. (2001). Input and output variables currently promising for constructing persuasive communications. In R. Rice & C. Atkin (Eds.), Public communication campaigns (3rd ed., pp. 22–48). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

See also ‘Engagement’ and ‘Behavioural Economics/Insights’


Macey, W., & Schneider, B. (2008). The meaning of employee engagement. Industrial and Organizational Psychology, 1, 3–30.

Meyer, J., & Smith, C. (2000). HRM practices and organisational commitment: A test of a mediation model. Canadian Journal of Administrative Services, 17, 319–331.

 Rhoades, L., Eisenberger, R., & Armeli, S. (2001). Affective commitment to the organization: The contribution of perceived organizational support. Journal of Applied Psychology, 86, 825–836. Available http://www.psychology.uh.edu/faculty/Eisenberger/files/04_Affective_Commitment_to_the_Organization.pdf

General Evaluation Resources:

American Evaluation Society – www.eval.org

Australasian Evaluation Society – www.aes.asn.au

Harvard Family Research Project, The Evaluation Exchange – www.gse.harvard.edu/hfrp/eval.html

Trochim, W. (2006). Evaluation research. In Research methods knowledge base. Available at http://www.socialresearchmethods.net/kb/evaluation.php 

United Kingdom Evaluation Society – http://www.evaluation.org.uk/

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