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New survey advice service

News publication date: 
Wednesday, 26 April 2017

IT Services is currently developing a new service, Survey Design & Tools, to provide guidance for researchers and other University staff who need to conduct a survey.

The service can help you to decide which tool to use according to the type of survey and intended audience, and the most suitable data protection if collecting personal data. If you have already designed your survey, the service can give your questions a ‘sanity check’ to make sure the common pitfalls have been avoided, such as asking two things at once or providing answer choices that don’t match the question.

A termly lunchtime session is currently being run entitled 'Survey design: Overview of tools and good practice'. This gives an introduction to the tools available for running online surveys. It also features guidance on the data security implications to be considered when choosing a tool, and tips for designing effective questions. The session may be of particular benefit to people who are already planning to run a survey, but it will also be of value to those with an interest in this method of data collection. The next session will be on Friday 5 May, 12.30-1.30. Please visit the course catalogue for a full course description, and to book your place.  

The service is co-managed by Meriel Patrick (Research Support) and Liz Masterman (Technology Enhanced Learning). Please email researchsupport@it.ox.ac.uk with any questions regarding the service.