1. Make more money than last year –> SUCCESS! This was my best year yet. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
2. Work for at least 5 existing clients –> SUCCESS! I had 6 clients this year who had given me business in other years.
3. Work for at least 5 new clients, including at least one non-profit and one local New Orleans client. → SEMI-SUCCESS. I had 11 new clients this year, including 2 non-profits, but no New Orleans clients.
4. Teach in at least 2 forums.–> SUCCESS! I taught at the University of Michigan Summer Institute in Survey Research Techniques (and got invited back for this summer!). I also gave online talks for Caribbean Evaluators International and OurGoods, and my Skillshare class, Questionnaire Design Boot Camp, continued.
5. Visit 2 new countries for a month each.–> NEEDS IMPROVEMENT. I did spend a week in Mexico, and I’m currently in Argentina for a month, but I definitely need more international travel in my life in 2015.
6. Do at least one international project.–> NEEDS IMPROVEMENT. I did 2 projects that involved a lot of international phone and Skype interviews (including a call to Paris on July 4th…) but didn’t get to travel anywhere exotic.
7. Do at least three qualitative projects.–>SUCCESS! In fact, I did 6! One of my biggest successes for the year, as I really wanted to do more qual.
8. Attend at least one training.–> SUCCESS! I learned a ton at RIVA training for working moderators in September.
9. Blog every week!--> NEEDS IMPROVEMENT. I missed a few weeks, but still did better than ever before.
10. Publish at least 1 academic paper.--> NEEDS IMPROVEMENT. I have a paper under review at the Journal of Official Statistics, but I don’t think I’ll hear before the end of the year. I did, however publish this piece in the Marketing Research Association’s magazine.
11. Do 3 pro bono projects.–> SUCCESS! I helped two friends with survey design, and did a small project for OurGoods.
12. Work in one sector I’ve never worked in.–> SUCCESS! I made forays into user experience, gaming, and fashion research
14. Find a professional mentor–> NEEDS IMPROVEMENT. Still working on this.