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11 Surveys


Surveys are an important research tool, since they help you to collect a wide range of data, quantitative (able to be analysed in numeric form) and qualitative (not numeric, although qualitative data can be sorted into categories and then analysed numerically).


You need to consider some key factors when designing a survey, or questionnaire, for example:


• Who is your research audience and are they the right people to ask? • How many people should you ask to make your survey reliable? Can you think of more factors you should consider?


There are some useful tools you can use if you want to make your survey accessible online. These include Survey Monkey and Poll Everywhere.


Poll Everywhere has a useful feature in that it enables you to share simple poll responses with research participants in real time. For example, here is a Poll Everywhere slide created by a group of people thinking about practitioner-led action research.


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