Berwood Yost is the Director of the Center for Opinion Research and the Floyd Institute for Public Policy at Franklin and Marshall College, where he also teaches courses in research methods and public health. He has substantial applied experience designing and implementing public opinion research using both qualitative and quantitative methods, and has conducted funded research on behalf of government, business, nonprofit organizations, public utilities, higher education, and the media. Mr. Yost’s clients include major private and public organizations and institutions in the fields of health, education, and business. Mr. Yost has published many articles in refereed scholarly journals and has also made numerous conference presentations based on the results and analysis of survey research he has designed and administered. His scholarly research has appeared in Addictive Behaviors, American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, Commonwealth, Criminology & Public Policy, Human Rights Quarterly, Journal of Community Health, Journal of Amish and Plain Anabaptist Studies, Nicotine and Tobacco Research, Political Communication, Tobacco Control, and Women’s Health Issue, among others. His writings have also appeared in The Polling Report, Pollster.com, Public Opinion Pros, and Survey Research, which are published for the professional survey research community. The results of Mr. Yost’s research have also appeared in major newspapers, including the New York Times, USA Today, The Philadelphia Inquirer, and the Philadelphia Daily News, to name a few.
Mr. Yost is also the Director of the Franklin and Marshall College Poll, formerly the Keystone Poll, which is conducted for the Philadelphia Daily News, Pittsburgh Tribune Review, WTAE-TV, and WGAL-TV. The Poll is an ongoing survey activity of the Center for Opinion Research and the Center for Politics and Public Affairs, both at Franklin and Marshall College, which tracks public attitudes toward public policy issues and political campaigns. It has become the state’s most respected pre-election survey, because of its accuracy in forecasting election outcomes. Prior to assuming his present post, he was the Director of the Center for Opinion Research at Millersville University, where he also taught courses in public policy and research methods.