Survey research and design in psychology/Assessment/Data collection and entry/Survey administration

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Survey administration guidelines[edit | edit source]

  1. Print off 5 x A4 portrait style hard copy surveys:
    1. The first page must be single-sided (as participants should be given the opportunity to remove and retain this page)
    2. The rest of the survey may be single-sided or double-sided. Ensure that the printing is the same way up on both sides on the page.
    3. The pages for each survey should be stapled together through the top-left corner.
  2. Complete one survey yourself (to familiarise yourself with the survey).
  3. Collect four other cases of real survey data using convenience sampling with systematic selection:
    1. Have clipboards (or something to lean on) and pens available.
    2. Only approach potential participants during daylight hours outside the exits to the UC library, refectory, HUB area etc. (i.e., approach people in the central concourse area (between the library and buildings 1 and 2) as they pass by or exit buildings.
    3. Systematically pick every nth person who walks past (pick a number and stick to it - do not just pick whoever you like).
    4. Introduce yourself and your purpose:
      1. Approach and ask whether the person would be interested in participating in a survey about university student satisfaction and time management as part of a psychology class exercise.
      2. Explain that the survey is voluntary, confidential and would take approximately 15 mins of their time.
      3. Check that the person is a current UC student.
    5. Record the number of refusals and any reasons that respondents provide or circumstances that may have influenced the administration.
    6. Direct interested participants to read the cover page instructions, ask any questions, and then complete the questionnaire.
    7. When the person is finished, quickly check over the survey pages to ensure that it is complete - invite participants to complete items they may have missed or didn't complete properly. If someone drops out (e.g., by partially completing survey or leaving chunks missing), ask a new participant to complete a fresh survey. However, if a survey only has missing responses for a question or two here and there, use the survey.
    8. Thank the participant for his/her time.
    9. Report any problems to the unit convener (

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