KEY FEATURES: Introduces students to developing research questions and shows their importance in driving research design. Rarely taught topics, such as how to enter and clean data, offer students information missed in both research methods and statistics courses. Shows how to write up survey results for academic, business and nonprofit reports to alleviate the confusion students feel about how to write up findings. Rigorous treatment of sampling focuses on many sampling issues from probability theory to weighting. Offers the process of actually conducting a survey with advice on administering surveys, incentives, and improving response rates.

How Do We Keep Track of Who Has and Has Not Participated?

Erin Ruel

If the plan is to contact participants multiple times and perhaps use multiple methods, it might get confusing about who has been contacted, how they’ve been contacted, and what is the result of that contact. Therefore, it behooves the researcher to set up some files such as a spreadsheet to keep track of contacts and participation.

A simple spreadsheet might include the participants’ name, unique identifier used on the survey, contact information, date of first contact, outcome of first contact, and so on for all contacts. The spreadsheet should be updated regularly so that multiple contacts do not happen for participants who have either already completed the survey or refused. There is ...

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