Topic: survey best practices


6 Ways to Pretest Your Survey Before You Send It

Running your survey through a series of tests to check for potential problems can save you a lot of headaches down the road and ensure that you get the data that you want. In this post we discuss six different strategies for testing surveys before starting your data collection.

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Six Things to Consider Before Writing Your Survey

The end goal of any survey is getting data that’s accurate and useful. While you might be tempted to start writing your survey right away, if the research foundation is not laid out well, you might not get the data you want for the insights you need. Here are six things you can do to […]

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Why Using Grid Questions Is Probably Hurting Your Data

Even for experienced researchers, intuition about survey design often runs counter to best practices outlined in survey methodology literature. One of the question types that we see used in web surveys most frequently is a particularly problematic type known as the grid or matrix question type.     In some cases, researchers use grid questions […]

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Since screen space is so limited for your mobile respondents, it’s best to design your survey to avoid scrolling as much as possible. However, generally, it’s best practice to ask questions based on bipolar constructs, which may require scrolling on some devices. So how do we reconcile these potentially competing recommendations?

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4 Easy Ways to Optimize Your Survey for Mobile Devices

Think of all the tasks we use our phones or tablets for these days—from filling out applications, to coordinating travel arrangements, to catching up on favorite shows. When you ask people to take an online survey, you should expect that a significant portion of your respondents will complete the survey on a mobile device.

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