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Australian entry wins global Research Got Talent Award 2022

Dec 5 2022

ADIA is delighted to announce that the winners of this year’s ESOMAR Global Research Got Talent (RGT) 2022 Award are Marissa Tsioutsis and Roger Kong from Fiftyfive5 taking out the top honours against finalist teams from Russia, India, Argentina, Peru and Canada.

Research Got Talent is the annual competition run by ESOMAR in partnership with regional associations around the world. The competition is a showcase for the next generation of researchers, focusing on their skills and their ability to support the important work of local charities and NGOs by using market research and insights to overcome pressing social issues. The Australian Data and Insights Association (ADIA) hosts the Australian competition.  

Kong and Tsioutsis’s entry Supporting the Vision to Free Australia from Youth Homelessness was produced in association with For Change Co. For Change Co. is a social enterprise that provide tools to empower young people to create their own pathway out of homelessness.

Kong and Tsioutsis said, “We want to start by saying thank you to For Change Co. for making any of this possible. The vision and work For Change Co. do for youth homelessness in Australia is incredible and something we want to continue supporting and encourage everyone to support. We also want to thank ESOMAR, ADIA, Fiftyfive5 and everyone that has been on this journey with us.

“We feel so incredibly lucky to have had the opportunity to challenge ourselves and see the impact our research is having already with For Change Co., driving awareness and encouraging the community to support their cause. We also hope that the research insights offer inspiration for social enterprises globally, helping them to utilise similar strategies to unlock additional funding to deliver more social good.”

ADIA CEO, Sarah Campbell, said: “This is the third year of the Australian competition, and we continue to be blown away with the calibre of entries. To have the Australian entry go on to win the global Award shows the depth of talent our industry is fostering. A huge congratulations to Roger and Marissa from the ADIA Board, Australian judging panel and sponsors.

“Roger and Marissa’s project deserved to win. It was expertly presented, well thought out and they demonstrated a personal and professional passion for For Change Co. to make a real difference to help youth homelessness. We look forward to seeing the impact it will have both here and for other social enterprise initiatives globally.”

The research projects in the RGT competition aim to assist change in various areas, including gender inequality, access to justice and education, integration and diversity, environmental issues, and climate change. The young researchers were required to submit a project proposal about the problem facing the charity/ NGO and how they would conduct research to assist it in overcoming this issue. Entries are required to reflect a relevant, innovative, and impactful research design project that assesses the organisation’s specific issue.

ADIA and ESOMAR would like to acknowledge and thank its generous sponsors for helping make this exciting initiative possible in Australia – Lewers Research, Luma Research, Stable Research (now Crnrstone), QOR and GiftPay, with 50% of all entry fees donated to the winners’ charity of choice. This year the proceeds go to For Change Co.


For more information please contact:

Sarah Campbell
Chief Executive Officer, ADIA
0460 012 092

Rochelle Burbury
Third Avenue Consulting
0408 774 577

About ADIA

The Australian Data and Insights Association (ADIA) is the peak industry body for data, insights and research organisations in Australia. Since 1989, ADIA has grown to more than 95 member companies, who employ over 5,000 people. ADIA works in partnership with its company members, plus privacy authorities, business, government and the community to protect and promote the industry and uphold the highest ethical and privacy market and social research standards. In 2003, ADIA pioneered its own privacy code for members, which won an Australian Privacy Award in 2009.

About the ESOMAR Foundation

The ESOMAR Foundation is a charity representing the Market, Social and Opinion Research industry. Our industry has a wealth of knowledge and experience that can be applied to every aspect of society to ensure a more transparent, reliable and sustainable world. The ESOMAR Foundation believes that a fair, just and peaceful society is deserved by all and recognizes the immense promise that the research community offers to those striving to achieve these goals on a global level. The ESOMAR Foundation brings volunteers and resources together to execute projects to help and support charities and NGOs to achieve their aims. Its aim is to encourage the usage of more insightful and inventive research and increase the overall impact of market research in building a better world.