- How long will it take to fill out the survey?
Consider how busy respondents are and how much reading and writing are required. Also, keep in mind that some individuals may have limited literacy skills for a variety of reasons. Creating opportunities for everyone to have a voice in the community assessment process is critically important.
- Is it necessary to have materials translated?
If you are gathering information from non-English speakers, it is important to have the materials translated. Make sure all translated material is accurate and terminology consistent.
- Are the instructions clear?
Some respondents may not be used to filling out surveys or may have particular issues with concepts like giving a numerical response to a question. It may be helpful to demonstrate or give an example of how to answer these types of questions.
New Director Tip
Pilot Data Collection Tools
When developing a survey or questionnaire, consider piloting it with a small group of your intended audience. They can provide feedback to ensure your questions are clear and your instructions are easy to follow.
Resource Type: Article
National Centers: Program Management and Fiscal Operations
Audience: Directors and Managers
Last Updated: August 4, 2023