From this project I learned so many new things that will help me in the future. But there were several things I had to do in order to make the project work, so here is some advice that will hopefully be useful to you or your group:
You will hear this from everyone in the class but it’s very important to mention it over and over again. BEGIN EARLY AND DO NOT PROCRASTINATE. Because the whole project is not due until the end of 8th or 9th week, it is very easy to leave everything to the last minute. As long as you work on your project every week for a couple of hours, at the end of the quarter, the workload is going to be very little.
Because some research projects are different, the surveying method can also be different so if yours requires you to go from door to door, it’s important to GET OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE. A lot of the people you choose to survey are going to want to help you so just be nice and smile which will most likely get you more respondents.
It’s important to get as many numbers as possible for your data, but DO NOT MAKE YOUR SURVEY TOO LONG. If you’re collecting data from college students, a lot of them have other things to do and do not like to take long surveys. Yes, they will want to help you by taking the survey but try to make it as short as possible so that you can have more precise data rather than unanswered questions.
Lastly, BE YOURSELF AND HAVE FUN!