The Oversight Committee appointed by Broadcast Audience Research Council (BARC) India to study its data validation and outlier policy has said that the entire process is fair, accurate and unbiased, and should be continued.
BARC India had appointed the oversight committee in June 2019 to review its outlier policy which identifies and eliminates outliers including reach outliers.The entire process of the data validation and outlier policy of @BARCIndia is fair, accurate and unbiased, and should be continued: Oversight Committee @ParthoDasgupta @PunitGoenka @nakulchopra Click To Tweet
After conducting an extensive review of the entire process, the Oversight Committee led by Nakul Chopra and Praveen Tripathi, has presented a very detailed assessment of the ongoing practice in a report submitted to the board.
The committee stated that the current process is accurate and unbiased and recommended BARC India to continue to follow the process as it is.
According to the committee, there is no manual intervention in the process for treating outliers.The entire process is driven by robust algorithms and rules which makes the process unbiased. This is applied to all channels in a fair manner which in return helps BARC India give transparent and reliable data to its subscribers.
Over the last 4 years this process has been enhanced and made more robust. New learnings and increased automation has been incorporated with every change.
The committee is also working closely with BARC India to further automate the identification and treatment of landing page.
As a long-term solution, the committee also recommended that BARC India should appoint a permanent oversight committee which acts independently from a maker-checker standpoint.
The Board is reviewing the report and will decide on a concrete plan in the near future.
“We have always ensured the fairness and transparency of all our processes and are proud that the findings of the committee re-affirm the same.
” We will continue working with the oversight committee and Industry members to improve the measurement standards,” Goenka said.