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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Key Insights

  • 🌥️ Questionnaires are suitable for large-scale data collection, such as from countries or large companies.
  • ❓ Good questionnaires have clear instructions, a balanced number of questions, and use proper language.
  • 🥺 Questionnaires should avoid personal, leading, and ambiguous questions.
  • 😷 Schedules involve enumerators asking questions and recording responses, making them suitable for both literate and illiterate respondents.
  • 📅 Schedules allow for clarification and higher response rates, but can be challenging to schedule.
  • 🤳 Questionnaires rely on self-reporting, while schedules rely on enumerators for data collection.
  • 😘 Questionnaires can suffer from low response rates and errors due to lack of control.

Transcript

hello and welcome to lesson 25 primary data collection method part three questioner and schedule in this lesson we are going to discuss about questioner schedule merits and demerits of questioner and the difference between questioner and schedule let's start from questioner questioner includes many questions or a number of different types of questi... Read More

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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