Primary Research Methods: Conducting Surveys Worksheet

Research Writing: Research Process

Practice with this Primary Research Methods: Conducting Surveys Worksheet to improve your research writing by improving your knowledge and skill when conducting surveys. Through completing ten exercises, you get a little experience in looking at all aspects of surveying, and write two sample survey questions.

Primary Research Methods: Conducting Surveys

Instructions

For the first exercise below, identify a topic on which you can answer a series of questions. For exercises 2-10, focus on the topic you identified.

  • Decide on a topic for which you could develop a survey. You can use any topic that interests you or one that you intend to write a paper on in the future. Write the topic below.

  • On what group of people would you focus if you were conducting a survey on the topic you selected? Explain your answer.

  • How many people would you survey? Explain your answer.

  • Would you create a short, medium-length or long survey? Explain your answer.

  • What type of questions would you write—open-ended or closed? Explain your answer.

  • How long would you make each question, and would they all be roughly the same length? Explain your answer.

  • How would you pay close attention to the wording? Explain your answer.

  • How would you administer the survey? Explain the reason for your choice.

  • Write one example survey question that is an open-ended question.

  • Write one example survey question that is a closed question.