Our Media Services Unit is responsible for the BARB Establishment Survey. This survey plays a major part in the planning and trading of national airtime and space, to the tune of several billions of pounds.
We have been running the BARB Television Establishment Survey in its entirety since 2000 and have been contracted to provide this service until at least 2015.
The Establishment Survey has three main objectives:
- to establish ownership and usage of TV-related equipment and detailed demographic information for households and individuals in each ITV area and BBC region, and measure the penetration and reception method of multi-channel homes and individual channel penetration
- to obtain the necessary targets to control the BARB panel
- to provide a master sample of households with known characteristics from which the panel is maintained.
The universe is defined as all permanent residents in private households in the UK. The interview is conducted using CAPI and may be administered with either the houseperson or the head of household (or both).
An annual sample is selected and this is then divided into twelve monthly replicates. The design is such that monthly samples support network reporting and quarterly samples support full regional reporting. Over 56,500 interviews are conducted per year, which includes a Welsh boost for S4C.
This contract is run by experienced project managers skilled in running complex projects. They work as an integrated part of the media team, ensuring that all the newest initiatives and ideas are shared and our research remains cutting edge.