"The broad area of survey research encompasses any measurement procedures that involve asking questions of respondents. A "survey" can be anything form a short paper-and-pencil feedback form to an intensive one-on-one in-depth interview." [From the Research Methods Knowledge Base]
An Introduction to Survey Research Methods
Presented by: Patrick Sturgis Ph.D.
Published: 2015 | Publisher: SAGE Publications | Duration: 07:54
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Surveys tend to be divided into two broad categories: questionnaire and interview.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Survey Methods.
[From Trochim, W. M.K. (2006). Research Methods Knowledge Base.]
What is a questionnaire?
Merriam-Webster provides these definitions:
What is an interview?
The OECD Glossary of Statistical Terms defines a survey as The
"A survey is an investigation about the characteristics of a given population by means of collecting data from a sample of that population and estimating their characteristics through the systematic use of statistical methodology."
Designing a Survey
It may be useful to see how other researchers have conducted a survey investigation. Locating a study by its methodology can be a challenge, however, as not all databases tag (or index) their research studies with the type of data collection used. Direct keyword searching can often help you identify examples of survey research studies.
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"quality of health care" AND survey
"quality of health care" AND questionnaire
"quality of health care" AND interviews
"transportation planning" AND survey
"transportation planning" AND questionnaire
"transportation planning" AND interviews
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