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  • Define Your Purpose
    Research Define Your Purpose If you think you want to use a survey to gather information you need have a clearly defined purpose You need to ask yourself What am I trying to discover with this questionnaire You will want to build questions that are well thought out and which fulfill your purpose If for instance you want to know how effective a day care center is in the eyes

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  • Keep it Simple
    questionnaire you design has to be one that people are willing to answer The main point is to make participation easy and inviting If it s too complex or time consuming the recipient may throw it away Ask questions that call for a check mark in a list of alternative answers a simple yes or no or one word at the most just a few As you write each question

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  • Ask Open-Ended Questions
    Conferences Online Forums and Other Public Discussions Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Field Research Ask Open Ended Questions In addition to simple yes no and multiple choice questions you might find it worth while to ask a few open ended questions These call for short written responses Although they are typically difficult to tally and are likely to draw a smaller number of responses those

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  • Avoid Slanted Questions
    Results Media Genres Television Radio Film etc Lectures Conferences Online Forums and Other Public Discussions Resources Print Friendly Format About this Guide Contributors Citation Conducting Field Research Avoid Slanted Questions Be careful to build unbiased questions that will solicit factual responses Don t ask How religious are you You want to be able to report actual numbers or draw logical inferences about the respondents Better questions might be What is

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  • Make it Easy for People to Respond
    Make it Easy for People to Respond Whenever possible distribute questionnaire at the end of a meeting or discussion If that s not possible assemble a group and have them fill out your questionnaire on the spot at an evening coffee for parents with children in day care for instance Facing them you can explain the purpose of your research and invite questions the answers to which will instill confidence and build interest If you must mail your questionnaire include a concise letter explaining your purpose and what use you will make of the replies along with a self addressed stamped envelope You might also indicate how much time will be required no more than ten minutes for instance or some estimate identifying the task as reasonable and easy Professional pollsters often offer a small inducement a morsel of bait to increase the rate of response a small check or a coupon good for a free jar of pickles You might promise a copy of your finished document a brief report of the results or a listing of each respondent s name in an acknowledgment Even with such inducements professionals find a response rate of fifty percent or higher difficult

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  • Tally the Results
    the Results When all the responses that you can reasonably expect to collect have been received sit down and tally up the results It s easy to count the short answers the yes s and no s and the one word answers like Republican or Democrat but the longer ones are more difficult What is your goal in life The answers to open ended questions need to be summed up

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  • Media Genres: Television, Radio, Film, etc.
    Television Radio Film etc Intriguing possibilities for field research lie in the media For a research paper about television and radio movies theater or music you may find the materials close at hand In the case of television it s as close as the remote Our only advice is to review plenty watch or listen to a large amount before drawing conclusions Use a VCR DVD or other audio video

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  • Lectures, Conferences, Online Forums, and Other Public Discussions
    frequently bring interesting speakers to campus the science club might sponsor a nationally known marine biologist for instance or the film club might bring in the producer of a successful television program Likewise bound by mutual affiliation professionals and members of special interest groups are brought together at regularly scheduled regional and national conferences across this country every day Regardless of cost you may want to attend one that addresses your particular research interests Health care providers legal experts engineers scientists and teachers attend them frequently in the course of their professional duties and to further they re careers You can do the same They can be a fertile source of fresh ideas and are often open to the public sometimes admission is free or student discounts are available Regardless of cost attending a professional conference affords an opportunity for taking notes at lectures given by experts and the chance to meet and talk with speakers and fellow attendees as well as to learn and practice the language of a discipline In addition you may be able to obtain a copy of the proceedings usually a set of all the lectures delivered sometimes with accompanying commentary Be on the lookout

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