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How to Manage Your Mail Survey Timeline When in a Rush: #3 Distributing and Collecting The Surveys

In distributing and collecting surveys, the logistics involved in mail survey planning include selecting appropriate transportation, warehousing, choosing the most effective transportation routes, discovering the most reliable delivery method, return mail handling, inventory tracking, and follow-up mailings. Poor logistical planning will gradually increase your timeline as well as cost. Moreover, this stage also involves filing […]

How to Manage Your Mail Survey Timeline When in a Rush: #2 Printing and Organizing the Survey Material

The volume, complexity, and length of your survey will affect the amount of time required to print and mail survey materials. In printing questionnaires that require optical mark recognition, data capture barcodes, or pre-slugging for precise scanning and tracking, even small errors can be significant, particularly in time. Purchasing supplies will also impact this stage. […]

How to Promote an Employee Survey

How to promote an employee survey

Promoting employee surveys is an essential part of data collection for employee surveys because, without a sufficient number of responses, survey results can be deemed flawed. You may have to start the entire survey process again. To avoid this, check out our tips below on how to increase response rates to your employee survey. Prioritize […]

Data Collection for Organizational Network Analysis

Looking for a means to evaluate employee collaboration in the workplace? Organizational Network Analysis (ONA) is a tool to help understand the interaction of people in an organization by mapping workforce communication patterns into a diagram. The diagram illustrates the flow of communication. In doing so, one can trace how people share information, make decisions, […]

When to Do a Multimodal Survey?

Multimodal or mixed-mode surveys are research surveys that use two or more forms of communication to reach respondents (e.g, telephone and email). In today’s increasingly complex, interconnected world, we now have ways of communicating that didn’t exist even a few years ago. The list of channels seems almost endless nowadays, including regular and express mail, […]

This Mail Survey Spec Sheet Is Everything

Mail surveys are among the most effective tools in the research industry, besting online, email and phone survey methods in both response rate and data integrity. As with all survey research, however, survey success begins with careful planning, including brainstorming your goals, creating questions, choosing participants, determining your budget, and perhaps most tedious, choosing materials […]

Difference Between a Balanced and Unbalanced Rating Scales

Difference Between a Balanced and Unbalanced Rating Scales

Rating Scales are valuable measurement instruments in research. Researchers need to understand the properties of these scales, and their influences on the responses gathered from their use. Generally, balanced scales are being used in research. Findings show that there is a difference in results when a balanced scale is used instead of an unbalanced scale. […]

Effect of Envelope Teasers on Response Rate

Envelope teasers are typically a short message printed on the outside envelope intended to appeal to readers, getting them to open the mail packet. Non‐response reduces the effective sample size and can introduce bias in mail survey research. Therefore, it is important to find ways to increase the response rate if you want to ensure […]

Effect of Numbering Mail Survey Return Envelopes

Effect of Numbering Mail Survey Return Envelopes

When the topic of a survey is sensitive or extremely private, the participant’s identity can be an important issue. In such a situation, anonymity and confidentiality may significantly affect the response rate. In a mail survey, some may wonder how an anonymous study, wherein, not even the researcher knows the respondents’ identity, is possible when […]

How to Write a Mail Survey Reminder

Reminders are known to be effective in increasing response rates for mail surveys. Many studies have shown that an important factor in survey success is the number of contacts made throughout the data collection project. (Dillman, 1978; Lavrakas, 1993; Willimack et al., 1995). The “Total Design Method” (TDM) of Dillman(1978) for data collection includes a […]

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