Tag Archives: Data Collection

How to Write a Mail Survey Reminder

Mail Survey Reminder is 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 […]

How to Choose a Survey Incentive

How to Choose a Survey Incentive

Providing survey incentives can significantly increase your response rate; however, it can also quickly drain your survey budget. So, don’t spend your resources aimlessly! Check out our list of the five elements to consider in choosing the most appropriate incentive for your survey and make sure you get the quality data your research needs. Budget […]

Tips in Creating Survey Prenotification Letters

Tips in Creating Survey Prenotification Letters

Many researchers have found that prenotification mailings can increase the effectiveness of surveys. Prenotification mailings are used for initial contact with survey participants, not only in the mail survey but also in other survey modes, like telephone and online surveys. The use of prenotification ensures that respondents don’t unintentionally ignore or disregard the survey. Moreover, […]

Does Envelope Size Affect Response Rates?

Does Envelope Size Affect Response Rates?

Mail Surveys are widely used in research for data collection. However, unlike telephone or interview, researchers don’t have direct contact with participants. To increase response rates for mail surveys, different techniques have been proven to work, including pre-notification mailings, reminders, incentives, and multimodal strategies. But how about the appearance of the mailings? Studies on the […]

How to Avoid Over-Surveying Customers

Customer surveys are one of the best ways to learn about your organization’s products, services, strengths, and weaknesses. Unfortunately, doing a survey too often can lead to frustration and annoyance from your customers. Consequently, there is an increased likelihood of a decline in survey response rate, value, and integrity of the data you gather. To […]

Reasons to Avoid Sending Mail Surveys During the Holidays

Are you wondering if you should send your mail survey so close to the holidays? Learn the two main reasons we urge you to think twice and what to do if you cannot avoid it.

Tips in Managing a Long Survey

One of the main reasons people don’t complete surveys is because they are too long and complicated. A long and complicated survey is like torture to potential respondents; it’s simply demotivating. If that’s what you’re aiming for, then go ahead and launch that survey. But I certainly don’t think that is anyone’s goal in creating […]

What is the difference between First Class and Standard Class Mail?

One of the most common questions in Mail Survey budgeting is the kind of postage to use. Depending on your survey you may be able to cut on cost by using standard instead of first-class mail, however, think about this carefully, as you risk lowering survey response and reducing data quality. To help you decide, […]

What Survey Mode is Best for My Project

While there are many tools available for data collection, surveying is one of the most commonly used. Surveying is essentially a research method used to gather data from a sample of people to generalize results to a larger population and gain insights on various topics. Questionnaires are used in asking people for information in a […]

What is a Likert Scale and How to Create One

What is a Likert Scale

Are you interested in finding out what you can use to measure questions that are neither agreed nor disagreed? A Likert scale can help you measure attitudes and opinions with a greater degree of nuance than simple binary questions, which offer only two answer options. Please read our blog post to learn what is a […]

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