TERM PROJECT ASSIGNMENT 6 PARTS: DESIGNING A SAMPLE SURVEY (2015)

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TERM PROJECT ASSIGNMENT

6 PARTS: DESIGNING A SAMPLE SURVEY

Note:This document is subject to revisions, date changes, updates, etc. as per the discretion of the course instructor. Students will be informed of any changes in a timely manner.

Any questions relating to this project should be addressed to the course instructor via email. ?

This project will be done on an individual basis.

This project is an exercise in developing a short questionnaire/survey that will form the basis for gathering statistical information in support of your survey objective. We will be covering sampling methods in this course.

Please do not leave this project for the last minute.

In this project, you are being asked to identify one survey project that you could actually implement. However, I am not asking you to actually conduct the survey. Examples of topics that you may use for this project include:

A survey of undergraduate students regarding hours for the libraries;

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You can choose one of the above topics or suggest your own topic. By the end of week 3, please notify the course instructor via email with your proposed term project topic.

Each student will participate in the preparation of a term project that addresses ALL of the project criteria defined in this document.

When you are ready to submit this term project, through Blackboard, be sure to include a cover page with the title of your project and your first and last name.

Responses to each part of this project, as defined below, must be noted on the final project submission, followed by the appropriate responses. The expectation is that the responses will be in both qualitative and quantitative format, complete with supporting data, if acquired, charts, graphs, a questionnaire, etc.

It is not required that an actual survey be conducted in support on your analysis and project presentations.

Within the context of your final submitted term project presentation, all of the questions in the following Parts I – VI, should be comprehensively addressed.

Part I

Why is the topic that you chose of interest to you? Is there a client (individual, business, department, etc.,) for whom you might do the survey?

What question(s) do you propose to study? Give a brief answer that would have been understandable by a non-statistician.

What research has already been done on the topic or on the theoretical construct of central importance to your topic? What could be learned from survey results? Each group member should locate and review 1 relevant piece of research (e.g., article, report, book, etc.), and contribute their thoughts on this question.

Part II?

What population or populations do you plan to sample? (This is the question many tend to miss).?

To what population(s) do you wish to make inferences? How does it differ from the sampled population in D??What possible sampling and non-sampling errors could arise in the survey that you plan to conduct??Explain each possible error, how it could occur, and how you suggest tackling it.

How do you plan to carry out the survey (e.g., by telephone, e-mail) and why??

What variables do you propose to measure?

Part III

How do you plan to protect the privacy and assure the confidentiality of respondents? Talk about data collection, protection, and disclosure.

Part IV?

Decide on a sampling scheme (e.g., voluntary sampling, convenience sampling, simple random sampling, systematic random sampling, stratified sampling, cluster sampling, etc.) and explain why you chose it.?

Design a questionnaire with approximately 15 questions that you would use to gather data and information in support of your survey, if it was actually conducted.

Give some idea of the sample size you will require and how you arrived at this number (talk about the margin of error for inferences you want to make).

Part V

Prepare a single completed/conducted “sample” version of your questionnaire. You need not actually have a respondent prepare this completed “sample” questionnaire. It would be of added value if that were the case, but it is not required. A fictitious “sample respondent questionnaire” will be acceptable. I will leave this to your discretion. Please do define if your completed questionnaire is “real” or “fictitious”.

Part VI

Include in your final presentation, any and all issues, revisions, rethinking, etc., in relation to your questionnaire design, as the questionnaire was being developed.

Include in your final presentation, any and all challenges that you faced in compiling the information required in this project.

Submit a final version of your team’s responses to parts I – V, including your questionnaire, through Blackboard, by the due date specified at the start of this project.

?P. Develop a final summarization report on what would be your proposed schedule might be for implementing your selected survey, including plans for nonresponses, “client” follow-ups, data analysis, etc.

Assume that your project survey will be implemented once approved

Additional information:

Survey Research

Survey research is one of the most important areas of measurement in applied social research. The broad area of survey research encompasses any measurement procedures that involve asking questions of respondents. A “survey” can be anything from a short paper-and-pencil feedback form to an intensive one-on-one in-depth interview.

I will begin by looking at the differenttypes of surveys that are possible.

These are roughly divided into two broad areas: Questionnaires and Interviews.

The next step is toselect the survey method that is best for your situation.

Once you’ve selected the survey method, you have toconstruct the survey itself. Here, we will address a number of issues including:

The different types of questions;

Decisions about question content;

Decisions about question wording;

Decisions about response format;

Question placement and sequence in your instrument.

Types of Surveys

Surveys can be divided into two broad categories: thequestionnaireand theinterview.

Questionnaires are usually paper-and-pencil instruments that the respondent completes. Interviews are completed by the interviewer based on the respondent says. Sometimes, it’s hard to tell the difference between a questionnaire and an interview. For instance, some people think that questionnaires always ask short closed-ended questions while interviews always ask broad open-ended ones. But you will see questionnaires with open-ended questions (although they do tend to be shorter than in interviews) and there will often be a series of closed-ended questions asked in an interview.

Survey research has changed dramatically in the last ten years. We have automated telephone surveys that use random dialing methods. There are computerized kiosks in public places that allow people to ask for input. A whole new variation of group interview has evolved as focus group methodology. Increasingly, survey research is tightly integrated with the delivery of service. Your hotel room has a survey on the desk. Your waiter presents a short customer satisfaction survey with your check. You get a call for an interview several days after your last call to a computer company for technical assistance. You’re asked to complete a short survey when you visit a web site.

This forms the basis for what you are being asked to accomplish in this term project.

Potential Questions

Quality of taste

Cleanliness

Variety/Options, healthy, etc.

Location within five miles

Ambience

Price, reasonable, Dollar amount

Fast food (convenience) vs. sit down restaurant

Campus food vs. off-campus food

Wireless dining or not

Hours open

Student discounts, reusable containers (mugs)

Lunch vs. dinner vs. snacks

Mobile, credit card/debit payment, cash

Food preparation, local agriculture

Jobs, economics

Dine-in, delivery

Organic, free-range, vegetarian, vegan

Surplus food (donation to food banks, etc.)

Security, parking