F O R A N T I - F R A U D P R O F E S S I O N A L S
In order to ensure the confidentiality of the data, the ACFE contracted an objective, third-party research company, Western Management Group, to collect and compile the results. An email with a link to an online questionnaire was sent to approximately 75,500 ACFE members in mid-October 2019. A total of 5,124 complete and usable responses were received by the end of November in time for processing, representing a 7% response rate. Based on 5,124 presumably random responses and 75,500 for the total population, this study has a +/- 1.23% margin of error (MOE) at a 95% level of confidence. In other words, we can be 95% certain that for a question with 5,124 responses, the survey’s figure would be within +/- 1.23% percentage points of the actual universe’s response. A margin of error of +/- 5% is typically accepted as the “standard” in association research, so this study’s +/- 1.23% figure indicates a stronger than typical level of statistical significance.
Upon receipt, all responses were assigned a unique identification number, and any remaining identification was removed from the survey form. All data were checked both manually and by a specially designed computer editing procedure. Strict confidence of survey responses was maintained throughout the course of the project.