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Questionnaire Design, 3rd Edition by Ian Brace

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09

Writing the questionnaire

Introduction

In the previous chapters we have examined the different types of question and technique that are available to the questionnaire writer. These represent the tools in the armoury that can be used to compile a questionnaire. A number of other issues, though, need to be considered in the process of writing the questionnaire. These issues, considered in this chapter, include:

  • the language and style of language in which it is written;
  • ensuring that there is no ambiguity in the questions or the responses;
  • whether pre-codes will be used or responses recorded verbatim;
  • if pre-codes are to be used, what they should be;
  • the use of prompt material and the choice between verbal and pictorial prompts;
  • bias that ...

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