Of course, if you use this technique for a piece of research where you are seeking respondents with particular characteristics, you need to be clear in your communications as to the kind of respondents that you are looking for. Continue reading Questionnaires on the Internet (5)
Alternatively, you might seek to avoid this problem by contacting the head of a discussion list to ask for their help as a gatekeeper (Witmer et al. 1999). Another method of gaining respondents is to set up a website to tell people about the project and then put the details of the project on search engines (Harris 1996). Continue reading Questionnaires on the Internet (4)
The use of a survey program also makes data collection far easier: you will have none of the inputting errors that can arise when using paperbased questionnaires, as the data has already been entered directly by the participants (Mann and Stewart 2000). Continue reading Questionnaires on the Internet (3)
Finally, you should try to ensure that each question fits on a page and that the spacing is appropriate (Anderson 1998).
When sending the questionnaire to participants via e-mail one of the simplest ways is to send them an exact copy of a paper based version as an attachment that they can fill out on screen and return via e-mail. Continue reading Questionnaires on the Internet (2)
It is appropriate to use a questionnaire or survey when you wish to gain information from a large number of people but do not require the more in-depth, detailed information that can be gained from interviews or focus groups. Continue reading Questionnaires on the Internet