Maryland needs an independent source for information about what residents think about important policy issues and current events. BeHEARD Maryland, an innovative web panel designed to collect and report on the opinions Baltimore residents have on a range of public policy issues and current events, strives to be that source.
Through address based probability sampling, households are randomly selected to receive invitations to join the BeHEARD Maryland web panel. Address-based sampling ensures that a representative range of residents, including those from cell-phone only households, have the opportunity to share their opinions.
Once they receive their invitation, all members of the household 18 and older can join the panel by logging on to the BeHEARD Maryland website using their unique panel member ID. Every few weeks BeHEARD Maryland members will receive an invitation to participate in a poll. Participants may also receive additional invitations to participate in rapid-response polls about current events or breaking news.
Participation is easy. Unlike traditional telephone polls, which require participants to complete surveys on the interviewers’ schedule, the BeHEARD Maryland poll allows participants to complete surveys at a time and location convenient for them. Panel members can complete surveys on their personal computer, tablet, or smartphone. Panelists can also participate using computers available at their local library.
Participation in the BeHEARD Maryland poll is voluntary although an invitation is required. Participants may choose to leave the panel at any time.
As a university-based polling center, we protect your confidentiality. Participant responses are never linked to their identity and all responses are reported in the aggregate. We do not share, sell, or rent our participants’ contact information.
BeHEARD Maryland is a project of the Schaefer Center for Public Policy at the University of Baltimore College of Public Affairs.