Generalized Questionnaire Analysis Program

The formulation of questions and development of answers to these questions are fundamental functions of the researcher. But when the researcher asks others to answer questions he has formulated, then these questions take on a new dimension. The researcher assembles those questions he feels will elicit the information desired into a questionnaire. The response to these questions depends not only on the content of the question, but on other aspects as well. Principal among these are the order in which the questions are asked, the ease with which the respondent can complete the questionnaire, and the ease with which the results can be evaluated. In the past, the Virginia Highway Research Council has undertaken several projects requiring the use of questionnaires. As those studies have evolved, each questionnaire has been individually processed by the Data Systems and Analysis Section. This approach has resulted in inefficiencies since separate programming and analysis efforts have been applied to each study. Furthermore inappropriate questionnaire design has often hampered thorough analyses. The.purpose of this report is to assist the researcher in the formulation and organization of questionnaires that will provide him the information he desires and to provide a program to present the results of the questionnaire in a form that he can readily assimilate. Implicit in this objective is the need for the questionnaire to be easily coded and readily converted into machine-compatible form for timely results. In the interest of making the tutorial manageable, many controversial aspects of design are not pursued. The omission of these should not unduly encumber the surveyor. Several references are given that provide great detail• but one should proceed cautiously when venturing into the literature for less conservative techniques.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Media Type: Web
  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References;
  • Pagination: 22p

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01342770
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: VHRC 73-R7
  • Files: NTL, TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 6 2011 12:15PM