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Write a Questionnaire

Write a Questionnaire
Little Quick Fix

First Edition

December 2018 | 124 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

After interviews, the most common data collection instrument undergraduates turn to is a short survey. This requires them to write a questionnaire. Sounds easy – it’s not! 

This LQF teaches the art of open and closed questions, how to prompt higher response rates, when and how to use basic Likert scales, and everything else you need to know to get the most out of your questionnaire.  A good questionnaire makes all the difference to getting data you can work with and poor research skill here lowers grades.

1. How do I know I should use questionnaires in my research project?
2. What are the practicalities of using questionnaires?
3. What kinds of questions should I use?
4. How do I find people to fill in my questionnaires?
5. Why do I need to test my questionnaire?
6. How can I improve my response rate?
7. What do I do when I have all my completed questionnaires?

From a review of both Write A Questionnaire and Do Your Interviews

"Beautifully written, and chock-full of key information, dealt with in a jargon-free but never condescending way. They initiate a mature understanding of both the practical issues and the human factors at play in both questionnaires and interviewing
I would therefore recommend these to undergraduate students and, given the welcoming layout and the clear use of language, I would also recommend them to non-native English speakers learning research skills in English."

Amanda Haste
National Coalition of Independent Scholars

This series is excellent and very accessible while being rigorous, supportive and informative. Highly recommended to my education students to support the often highly complex task of writing questionnaires.

Mrs Michele Fuller
Department of Education, Colchester Institute
June 25, 2020

Not sufficient for my teaching purposes

Dr Elise Øby
Curriculum, Østfold University College
March 14, 2020

I was really excited about a quick, little book that my students could use as a quick start in the subject. However, to be honest, I think it is totally useless and provides no additional value. if you switch a little bit back and forth on wikipedia, you get more insights and help. That is not what I expected...

Dr Peter M. Bican
Management, FAU Erlangen-Nürnberg
August 9, 2019

This is a highly recommended short book for students grappling with writing their questionnaires.

Dr Francois van Loggerenberg
Department of Psychiatry, University of Oxford
March 27, 2019