14 DEC 2014

Surveys for dissertation

We are starting series of articles created for students that are looking for online survey and questionnaire tool for their dissertations.

While planning your survey you can select from multiple research techniques. Each one can be a subject of the separate article. In this article we will focus on CAWI (Computer-Assisted Web Interview).

Thanks to Internet and survey tools development (like mysurveylab.com) CAWI is gaining on popularity not only among students but also among big organization and corporations.

Most important advantages of CAWI are low cost of the research, clear process that is easy to control and short time needed to create survey and collect responses.

How to start - research goal

Before you start work on your questionnaire design, define the goal you want to accomplish. It may occur that survey research is not the best way to do it.

It is always good to write your goal on the blank sheet of paper. It will help you to clarify your thoughts.

Target group

Define your target group. It means estimate how many responses you need to be able to start data analysis and what is your respondent profile (e.g. people living in big cities - over 200 k citizens, that are active tourists - spend at least on weekend outside the city).

Questionnaire

Now you can start work on your questionnaire. This phase is very important as questionnaire quality will impact survey results and report quality. There are few rules you should follow :

  • remember that your respondents won't be able to ask you additional questions and you won't be able to provide additional explanations. Therefore your questionnaire should be clear and easy to understand.
  • your questionnaire and questions quality will impact report and survey results.
  • use easy to understand language, avoid technical jargon, slang or abbreviations.
  • don't try to add every question to your survey. Ask yourself if you need each question that has been added.
  • your questionnaire should be logical, it means questions should be grouped by subjects.
  • don't forget about statistical and demographic questions. It will help you to analyze your data basing on such criteria like gender, age, city, occupation, ...
  • test your questionnaire, send it to your friends, test if survey is clear and easy to complete.

Project start

Select best date to start data collection, for example December, 24 won't be the best idea to start data collection. Make sure that selected date is best for your target group.

Response analysis

mysurveylab.com was designed to make hard work for you. System will automatically collect responses, aggregate it and present it in a single report.

When selecting survey tool make sure it will be able to export data to in the format you need. mysurveylab.com allows you to download survey results in CSV, Excel or SPSS format.

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