In pairs, work through the first few stages of designing a survey – choose a topic, formulate a hypothesis and then design ten questions to test that hypothesis. Use mainly closed-ended questions, but include a couple of open-ended ones. Now carry out a pilot study – give out at least four or five questionnaires to other students.
- How good were your questions? Did your respondents understand what was required?
- Did you get the information you required?
- This was a pilot study – would you need to change anything at this stage if you were going to continue a large survey?