Research Design and Data Collection Advice

Do you need assistance developing a questionnaire and planning for the collection of results? Institutional Research & Evaluation (IR&E) can provide guidance and help. IR&E provides support to faculty and staff working to develop surveys or questionnaires, including end of semester faculty evaluations, departmental development evaluations, and research or opinion questionnaires.

  • If in the process of developing your questionnaire you require development support or feedback on the final draft, please contact IR&E.
  • Are you in need of assistance with the use of Form Creator?  If so, contact St. Olaf IT.
  • Have you completed the appropriate level of education and ethics planning for your project? Please visit the IRB website to be sure!

Listed below are links to discussions on a variety of topics intended to assist with the development, organization, and implementation of a questionnaire.  St. Olaf College also offers Form Creator, an online evaluation development and feedback system, to be utilized by St. Olaf faculty, staff, and students.

Sampling Topics
What method is most appropriate for selecting your sample?  What size should your sample be? This portion of the website will provide a guide to common issues related to samples and will also provide links to additional information online.

Question Design Topics
Do your questions really address the purpose of your questionnaire? Are your questions double-barreled? How many options should you have on your question scales? Do you have too many questions? Whether you’re considering a questionnaire with essay questions or multiple choice questions, this portion of the website will provide a guide to best-practices in question design and will also provide links to additional information online.

Response Rate Topics
Have you collected a sufficient number of responses? In what ways will your response rate will impact your results? What strategies can you turn to in order to increase your response rate? This portion of the website will address these concerns and will provide links to additional information online.