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alexander.ritter [Formating]
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alexander.ritter [Questions Instead of Standard Forms]
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 ==== Conduct a Pretest ==== ==== Conduct a Pretest ====
  
-The validity of the questionnaire depends on two principles: the theoretical foundation and the comprehensibility. For the latter, there are loads of good tips in books. But no tool is as good at finding problems as is a [[en:​survey:​pretest|Pretest of the Questionnaire]].+The validity of the questionnaire depends on two principles: the theoretical foundation and the comprehensibility. For the latter, there are loads of good tips in books. But no tool is as good at finding problems as a [[en:​survey:​pretest|Pretest of the Questionnaire]] ​is
  
 Pretesters should not check spelling and grammar - this should be done prior to the pretest, otherwise problems with regard to content may not be detected. Pretesters should not check spelling and grammar - this should be done prior to the pretest, otherwise problems with regard to content may not be detected.
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 People know standard forms from different instances. These forms are usually labelled very short and precise: "Date of Birth",​ "​Residence",​ "​Address"​. What do you associate with these kind of forms? Petitioners,​ paperwork, and red tape. People know standard forms from different instances. These forms are usually labelled very short and precise: "Date of Birth",​ "​Residence",​ "​Address"​. What do you associate with these kind of forms? Petitioners,​ paperwork, and red tape.
  
-If you want your participants to feel comfortable during your survey, ask them proper questions ("​Where did you spend your last holidays?"​ instead of "Last holidays:"​) and briefly explain the context of your questions (e.g. "​Following we want to ask you a couple of questions regarding your last holidays."​) -- especially when the topic of the questions changes ("The following questions relate to experiences ​during ​your last holidays"​).+If you want your participants to feel comfortable during your survey, ask them proper questions ("​Where did you spend your last holidays?"​ instead of "Last holidays:"​) and briefly explain the context of your questions (e.g. "​Following we want to ask you a couple of questions regarding your last holidays."​) -- especially when the topic of the questions changes ("The following questions relate to experiences ​on your last holidays"​).
  
-By asking questions a hint of a real conversation is created and participants get a better idea of what you want to know. Of course you don't need to exaggerate: sociodemographic data can still be asked for in a very precise fashion. However, a friendly "​Finally,​ we want to collect some information about yourself"​ surely doesn'​t harm.+By asking questionsa hint of a real conversation is created and participants get a better idea of what you want to know. Of course you don't need to exaggerate: sociodemographic data can still be asked for in a very precise fashion. However, a friendly "​Finally,​ we want to collect some information about yourself"​ surely doesn'​t harm.
  
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