Initial Survey Design
Note: Complete this assessment and wait for faculty feedback before beginning Assessment 2.
Before rushing out to collect data, it is important to clearly define what you are trying to accomplish and what you are trying to answer from your study. This assessment provides an opportunity for you to demonstrate your ability to define your goals and begin to formulate a data collection strategy to meet those goals.
Using the Initial Survey Design Template linked in the Resources under the Required Resources heading, identify a topic of interest in your personal or professional life and explain your reasons for selecting the topic and your thoughts about the study design. As you fill out the template, keep in mind that surveys are usually done to answer some sort of question. This topic could be something based on your professional activities or your personal interests. In other words, you get to make the subject of the statistical study something to which you can relate.
Address the following in the template:
1. Describe the topic of your survey.
2. Explain why the topic is important. (How might the results of the study be used in your personal or professional life?)
3. Identify and describe the potential variables to be included in data gathering.
4. Define the population to be studied.
5. Explain why this is the best population for your study.