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How can you increase the response rate for a survey?

How can you increase the response rate for a survey?

Sending out a questionnaire is an excellent method to question many people in the same way. If you can obtain a good response rate, you’ll get a representative picture of your research group. But how do you ensure an adequate response?

  1.  Carefully select your research group. . Don't just write to anyone or randomly choose a cross-section of the phone book, but rather look at who you want to fill out your questionnaire. How old are they? A particular occupation? Hobbies? If your research group is interested in your topic, they are more likely to (fully) complete your questionnaire.
  2. Explore how you best reach your research group. Can you email or survey them at a venue (after visiting a museum)? Or through postal services, in case they don't have internet access. You can also offer multiple options, so respondents can choose how to fill out the questionnaire. Do you specifically want to reach young people? Also read this  blog in which we specifically discuss reaching this target group.
  3. Make it as easy as possible for your respondents. If you conduct a digital questionnaire, make sure there is a working link so that respondents can click through immediately. If logging in with a password is not necessary, e.g., to link data, ensure the link is working. Als je schriftelijk vragenlijsten afneemt, zorg voor een antwoordenveloppe en een antwoordnummer. If you are on location with written questionnaires, make sure you have suitable writing materials and a table (and chair). For more tips read my blog ‘How to make it your respondents as easy as possible’.
  4. Keep the questionnaire as short as possible. Only ask what is necessary. Nobody likes to fill in a lengthy questionnaire. Ask relevant questions only and refer to another question "if necessary, fill out the next question; if not, go on to question, e.g., 10." Digitally show how long it will take to complete the questionnaire. Digitally show how long it will take to complete the questionnaire.
  5. Please make sure the questions are lucid, and it is clear to the respondent what is expected of them. Ook met doorverwijzen met vragen. You can easily set this up Digitally (if question 1 is yes, continue to question 5), but make sure it is clear on paper as well.
  6. Only make questions mandatory if they are .   essential. Mandatory questions are more likely to cause people to drop out.
  7. Make it clear why it is essential that they complete the questionnaire. Pay special attention to the importance of the respondents. 'With this information, we can...'
  8. Thank your respondents, if possible, with a small gift. Your respondents will appreciate your thoughtfulness.

Would you like to know more about respondents and increasing your response? Also read our blog: How to make it as easy as possible for your respondents?

10 tips for holding a group discussion

10 tips for holding a group discussion

Bij het organiseren en leiden van een group interview  There are different things to consider than during an individual interview. With group interviews, you are dealing with group dynamics. Below are 10 tips for leading a group interview.

1. Start organizing the group discussions well in advance. You otherwise run the risk that not enough people can join. Scheduling the group interview well ahead of time increases the likelihood that everyone will attend.

2. Make sure the minutes are written by someone who is experienced in it. Writing the minutes for a group discussion is more complicated because of the dynamics of several participants speaking.

3. If you are not sure the reporter will be able to keep up with the live coverage, then make a video or audio recording of the interview and write out the minutes later. Ensure that the recording equipment is present and ready to use before you decide to use the equipment.

4. Make sure your interlocutors feel comfortable. Provide them with a pleasant ambiance, something to drink, and a snack.

5. Have everyone at the table introduce themselves so that everyone knows with whom they are sitting at the table. Create a cheat sheet with names and functions/backgrounds for the participants at the table.

6. Make sure everyone gets a chance to speak.

7. Pay attention to the body language of the participants.

8. Monitor time and stick to the agreed time frames. It's disappointing when you don't get to ask all of your questions.

9. Explain what will be done with the results of the interview. Also, explain what you will do with the report made of the interview (e.g., the audio recording). Will you be the only one who has access to these files, or will you publish it? In the latter case, make sure you get feedback on the minutes before publishing them.

10. Summarize during the interview and relay your statement back to the group to make sure everybody understood the message the same way.

 More tips about interviewing? Read my other blog as well:: How do you make it as easy as possible for respondents?

What is a research method?

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WHAT IS A RESEARCH METHOD?

Research methods


From the conversations I have with various people who do research stems some confusion about the term research methods. There are theories on which you can conduct a research study, and you have multiple ways of collecting data.

In my blogs, I regularly talk about research methods. , referring to the various ways of collecting data.

Once you have clarity about your research questions, you examine what information you can collect and how. There are many different methods to do this. You have have qualitative research methods and quantitative research methods. Qualitative research methods are not about facts and figures but rather about how and why. Quantitative research methods are more about facts and figures that can be compared. Also, check out my blog about the difference between qualitative and quantitative research methods.

There are all sorts of research methods. My  overview blog of different research methods lists different ways Also, be creative with the ways you collect data. Look beyond the standard practices of research and make interesting combinations.

Once you have chosen a research method, thorough preparation is essential. Look at what you need per method and take the time to set up your measuring instrument properly. Discuss it with colleagues and test the measuring instrument before using it.

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