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6 common survey writing errors to avoid

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Writing survey questions can seem like a walk in the park until you realize how many ways there are to do it poorly. From leading questions to hitting a double-header in just one question, there are a number of things to watch for when putting together your survey questions. Bias I’ll touch on this briefly because I have a full… Read more »

Survey writing tips: screeners

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Last year, I wrote a series of articles with survey design tips for new market researchers, whether doing DIY market research or new to the field in a market research company. Those articles focused a lot on all of the preparatory work that should go into designing a questionnaire, but aside from an article about scales, didn’t spend a lot… Read more »

Survey design tip: choosing survey software

You’ve finally reached a point where you’re ready to dive into programming your survey. If you don’t already have survey software you’ve used in the past (or if you’re looking to renew a license and exploring options), this step can feel pretty daunting as you try to figure out the best price for the features available. Here are some tips… Read more »

VR for MR; leading questions are good?, and more in this week’s Friday Five!

After a couple weeks off while I was heads-down working on deliverables, the Friday Five is back! MR best practices get a bit spun on their heads, someone else gets excited about virtual reality’s uses in MR, and more!

Survey design tip: who’s your audience?

Each Monday for the past couple of Mondays, I’ve been focusing on tips to help you write better surveys. So far, we’ve covered the most important step to survey-writing (hint: it’s all about the focus); and some tips on writing unbiased questions. However, I realized that I missed a few steps between establishing your survey’s focus and writing questions after… Read more »

Writing unbiased survey questions

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Last week, I wrote about the most important step for survey writing: acquiring a razor-sharp focus for the study being designed. At the end of that post, I promised that this week’s survey design tip would focus on some tips for writing survey questions. With that in mind, let’s look at the first set of tips to address what I… Read more »

The most important step to survey writing

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Last week, I wrote a post about eliminating bias in decision-making, and introducing the topic of using surveys to help inform decisions. At the end of the post, I addressed the fact that writing surveys is a difficult thing to do, promising follow-on posts with tips for writing better surveys. This week, we’re kicking off the series with the first,… Read more »

How do you make decisions?

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One of the things I enjoy doing is taking personality tests. Inevitably, it seems that during the test, there will be some question or series of questions that deals with how you make decisions, and they always seems to make it out to be two types of decision-making: go with your gut, or research everything to death. I never have… Read more »