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The most challenging part about designing any survey is to identify and create the right set of questions. Typically, there are two types of survey questions – open-ended questions and closed-ended questions. Let’s take a closer look at the following questions: What are closed-ended and open-ended questions?When do we use closed-ended and open-ended questions? What are some examples of the…

What Is a Focus Group Discussion? A focus group discussion (or FGD) is a qualitative research method in the social sciences, with a particular emphasis and application in the developmental program evaluation sphere. FGDs are a predetermined semi-structured interview led by a skilled moderator. The moderator asks broad questions to elicit responses and generate discussion among the participants. The moderator’s…

Any research is only as good as the data that drives it, so choosing the right technique of data collection can make all the difference. In this article, we will look at four different data collection techniques – observation, questionnaire, interview and focus group discussion – and evaluate their suitability under different circumstances. Observation Seeing is believing, they say. Making…

What Is Survey Sampling? Surveys would be meaningless and incomplete without accounting for the respondents that they’re aimed at. The best survey design practices keep the target population at the core of their thought process. ‘All the residents of the Dharavi slums in Mumbai’, ‘every NGO in Calcutta’ and ‘all students below the age of 16 in Manipur’ are examples…

Writing a survey for a mobile app requires a different strategy than a survey taken with pen and paper or on a desktop computer. Mobile data collection is a completely different experience than standard surveys, and a mobile-friendly survey should reflect that. Below are some strategic and technical elements to consider when designing a survey for a mobile platform. 1.…

Data is undoubtedly valuable. It offers unprecedented insights into past trends and future predictions that few other non-numerical sources can match, making it an invaluable resource in policy making and social, political and economic understanding. However, data can only be useful if it is accurate and reliable. There are some major obstacles that can stand in the way of credible data collection…