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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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