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.
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.