Primary Data Collection Method | Questionnaire | Schedule | Summary and Q&A

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January 9, 2024
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Primary Data Collection Method | Questionnaire | Schedule

TL;DR

The lesson discusses the merits, demerits, and differences between questionnaires and schedules as primary data collection methods.

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Questions & Answers

Q: What are the advantages of using questionnaires for data collection?

Questionnaires are cost-effective for collecting large volumes of data, can reach geographically diverse populations easily, and allow respondents adequate time to fill them out.

Q: What are the limitations of using questionnaires?

Questionnaires provide limited depth of information, are limited to educated respondents, may suffer from response bias, and require a pilot test to ensure reliability and validity.

Q: What is the main difference between questionnaires and schedules?

While questionnaires rely on self-reporting by respondents, schedules involve enumerators asking the questions and recording the responses.

Q: What are the differences in cost between questionnaires and schedules?

Collecting data through questionnaires is relatively cheap, whereas schedules can be expensive due to the need to hire enumerators.

Summary & Key Takeaways

  • Questionnaires are commonly used for large-scale inquiries and can be mailed, distributed by hand, or shared digitally.

  • Questionnaires consist of predetermined, structured questions, which can be closed-ended or open-ended.

  • Good questionnaires have clear instructions, a balanced number of questions, proper language, and avoid personal and leading questions.

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