How to Create and Administer Surveys and Questionnaires
- Techniques for Writing Surveys —This site is geared toward high-school students, but it's still a useful primer.
- Colorado State University's Writing Guide: Surveys — An excellent site full of information on sampling, various types of surveys, and an annotated bibliography about survey research.
- StatPac Tutorial: "Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Surveys"— Although this site's aim is to introduce the user to StatPac's services, it is free and extremely useful.
- Creative Research System's Survey Design Tutorial — Another software producer generously offering a sample of their knowledge as a "public service." Again, this is useful information, and they offer a free tool for calculating sample size.
- The Market Research Society's Code of Ethics and Guidelines for researchers. This site from the UK offers some interesting links for researchers working with people.
Now that you've created a survey, how will you administer it? You can find a number of easy scripts on the Web, many PHP-based, that give you plenty of room for customization. Some of them will even run the statistics for you!
- The Hindu's Review of Web-based Survey Tools — A good overview of available script and hosting options from the on-line version of India's national newspaper.
- Builder.com's Survey Tool — This is an excellent survey-building tool (I can vouch for it personally); knowledge of MySQL is required to run it.
- All the Scripts — A plethora of scripts in a variety of languages. New arrivals appear regularly.
Thursday, November 9, 2006