Survey Design

This appendix describes how transportation engineers have used surveys for years in transportation planning. However, many engineers assigned to design and conduct surveys have not had training or experience in survey preparation. Those engineers are often surprised to learn that even small surveys can be difficult to design and can fail if designed poorly. This appendix serves as a starting point for beginners and provides a reference for those already experienced in designing surveys. It describes how there is no substitute for experience in designing surveys. An engineer inexperienced in surveys who is conducting a survey that is expensive or important should seek help from an experienced professional. Surveys are essentially systematic, structured conversions and range from written questionnaires where each respondent answers the same question with the same set of possible answers to rambling interviews held together by a central theme. Most surveys are coded and analyzed using standard statistical techniques.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This book was reprinted in 2000 by the Institute of Transportation Engineers.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE)

    Washington, DC  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Hummer, Joseph E
  • Publication Date: 1994


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 374-391

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  • Accession Number: 01002924
  • Record Type: Publication
  • ISBN: 0130975699
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 11 2005 2:06PM