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Beate, one response to your question was the suggestion that you use
open-ended questions instead of roster-style questions. The open-ended ones
are subject to recall error, but can be much less daunting to the
The other response was to suggest ways of improving the roster style
questionnaire. I'd like to do add two more suggestions in the same vein.
First, avoid using rating questions that yield valued data -- these are
taxing and slow the respondent down. Instead, use yes/no checkboxes. Second,
if possible, arrange it so the first question is a broad one that is implied
by all the other ones -- something like "who are you acquainted with"
(something more narrow is desirable). Then have the computer strip away all
the names that the person is not familiar with, and ask all subsequent
questions with the reduced roster of names. (There are, of course, risks
with this approach unless you allow the respondent to go back to the first
question if they realize they forgot someone).
Org Studies, Boston College
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>Look at this sample survey: http://www.orgnet.com/INSNA/survey.html
>For 175 nodes, divide them up by some 'grouping' [like organization
>type or location] and then list the nodes alphabetically within that
>On Jan 28, 2005, at 11:44 AM, Sissenich, Beate wrote:
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>> Hello All,
>> I'm currently preparing an electronic survey of contacts among ca. 175
>> organizations. In order to avoid respondent fatigue, I need a clever
>> of designing the questionnaire so that the list of 175 nodes doesn't
>> seem quite so overwhelming. Ideally, I'd like to capture 5 different
>> relation types.
>> Does anyone have any suggestions on how to design this questionnaire to
>> make it user-friendly? Examples of surveys that others have
>> would be particularly helpful.
>> Many thanks in advance.
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