# 7.2: Surveys

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Survey: also known as questionnaire is a document that contain a standard list of questions that can be sent to many individual to measure a number of variables for a group of people at a certain point in time.

A typical survey form will have at the beginning the title, the name and the telephone number of the analyst, a short description of the purpose, how and where to submit the survey form, the due date to complete the survey, the survey questions and the end a statement to thanks the participants.

Should participants sign their name while complete the survey or not? The issue of anonymity depend on two things. First, does the evaluator need to know who the participants are in order to correlate the information? Second, does the questionnaire contain sensitive and controversial information? Individuals do not want to be identify when answering questions that might negatively impact them. For example, "how well did you instructors explain the course?" In this case anonymous responses might ensure accurate information.

Some ideas to keep in mind when creating a questionnaire that will help collect the right data:

• Give clear instructions that will answer and anticipate questions
• Simplify the language used on your questionnaires
• Organize your questionnaire in logical order from simple to complex questions