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I’m working on a project in which we’re preparing to survey employees of federal 
natural resource agencies in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho about 
science-management communication and collaboration at the interface of forest 
fire effects on fish and other aquatic organisms. My colleagues and I hope to 
get your advice on threequestions about our proposed on-line survey set up. If 
you’re unable to provide feedback on our proposed approach, it would be great if 
you could suggest others we might ask. 

We’re planningon usinga hybridrecall/recognitionquestionnaire.We’re thinking of 
asking a relationship question (e.g., ‘with whom have you collaborated on fish 
and fire work?’) and provide a list of blank lines for their answers. Then 
repeat for other relationship questions. Then present a roster of names with a 
checkbox for each relationship, as well as another set of blank lines to add any 
additional names they’ve been prompted to think of that are not on the roster or 
the first set of blank lines.Our first question: is this ‘blank 
lines-roster-blank lines’ likely to increase naming?We anticipate 300 or more 
people beingon our initial list of thoseinvolved in fish and fire work, which we 
feel are too many names for either an onlinequestionnaire or a roster for 
respondents to peruse. Our secondquestion: is there an established way of 
truncating a long list of names?
We’re thinking of making 3 copies/versions of our questionnaire and putting 100 
different names on each one, to not only allow respondents to indicate which 
people they relate tobut also to prompt them to think of more people to add to 
the blank lines. We would randomly assign versions to respondents. Our 
thirdquestion: does this seem like a reasonable approach for dealing with the 
too-many-names problem?

Many thanks!

 Ken Vance-Borland, Executive Director
The Conservation Planning Institute
"To protect and restore biological diversity through innovative conservation 

that is focused on effective implementation"
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