Thursday, March 10, 2011


First, I agree with Lane and highly recommend! It was very helpful to have our data downloaded to a spreadsheet so easily and for free. It was also nice to have the freedom to have more that 10 questions. But that said, it still took some time to make sense of the spreadsheet, and too many questions can be a disincentive for some survey-takers.

I would also recommend having a clear focus for your project, something more that "textbooks." There are a lot of questions that you can ask pertaining to a smaller aspect of that topic, like "price of textbooks." It helps when your data is related (at least in topic) enough that you can make multiple connections with it. And another piece of advice with surveys: send it to a large sample! Small response rates are pretty common, especially around midterms if you're surveying K students. Having more data really helps when you start to do your analysis.

Finally, don't expect to be able to do this project in one night. It's time-consuming, and it's really helpful to not procrastinate. Good luck!

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