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A questionnaire is a research instrument consisting of a series of questions and other prompts for the purpose of gathering information from respondents. Although they are often designed for statistical analysis of the responses, this is not always the case. The questionnaire was invented by Sir Francis Galton. Research is often described as an active, diligent, and systematic process of inquiry aimed at discovering, interpreting, and revising facts. ... For other uses, see Question (disambiguation). ... Template:Otherusescccc A graph of a bell curve in a normal distribution showing statistics used in educational assessment, comparing various grading methods. ... Sir Francis Galton F.R.S. (February 16, 1822 – January 17, 1911), half-cousin of Charles Darwin, was an English Victorian polymath, anthropologist, eugenicist, tropical explorer, geographer, inventor, meteorologist, proto-geneticist, psychometrician, and statistician. ...


Questionnaires have advantages over some other types of surveys in that they are cheap, do not require as much effort from the questioner as verbal or telephone surveys, and often have standardized answers that make it simple to compile data. However, such standardized answers may frustrate users. Questionnaires are also sharply limited by the fact that respondents must be able to read the questions and respond to them. Thus, for some demographic groups conducting a survey by questionnaire may not be practical.


As a type of survey, questionnaires also have many of the same problems relating to question construction and wording that exist in other types of opinion polls. Opinion polls are surveys of opinion using sampling. ...


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Computer Assisted Personal Interviewing (CAPI) is similar to Computer Assisted Telephone Interviewing, except that the interview takes place in person instead of over the telephone. ... A course evaluation is a paper or electronic questionnaire, which requires a written or selected response answer to a series of questions in order to evaluate the instruction of a given course. ... Questionnaires are frequently used in quantitative marketing research and social research in general. ... Structured interviewing (also known as standardised interviewing or researcher administered survey) is a quantitative research method commonly employed in survey research. ... The web experiment list, developed by Ulf-Dietrich Reips, is one of the largest lists of current and past psychological Web experiments on the Internet. ... Introduction The purpose of a customer survey is to collect focused opinions from consumers of a product or service. ... The Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) is a United States national health survey that looks at behavioral risk factors. ...

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Questionnaire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (196 words)
A questionnaire (also known as self-administered survey) is a type of survey handed out in paper form usually to a specific demographic to gather information in order to provider better service or goods.
Questionnaires have advantages over some other types of surveys in that they are cheap, do not require as much effort from the questioner as verbal or telephone surveys, and often have standardized answers that make it simple to compile data.
Questionnaires are also sharply limited by the fact that respondants must be able to read the questions and respond to them.
Chapter 4: Questionnaire Design (4053 words)
The questionnaire designer needs to ensure that respondents fully understand the questions and are not likely to refuse to answer, lie to the interviewer or try to conceal their attitudes.
A long questionnaire leads to a long interview and this is open to the dangers of boredom on the part of the respondent (and poorly considered, hurried answers), interruptions by third parties and greater costs in terms of interviewing time and resources.
A good questionnaire is one which help directly achieve the research objectives, provides complete and accurate information; is easy for both interviewers and respondents to complete, is so designed as to make sound analysis and interpretation possible and is brief.
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