The questionnaire is one of the most widely used techniques for data collection. It works by asking a variety of people to respond to the same set of questions. Questionnaires can be used to provide data about attitudes, beliefs, behaviour and attributes. There are four main types of questionnaire: postal, delivery and collection, telephone and structured interview.
‘How would you describe your accommodation?’
Constraints of time, money and access make it impractical to collect and analyse data from every possible group and therefore you will need to select a sample.
Before using your questionnaire to collect data you should arrange a pilot test to ensure that respondents have no difficulty in answering the questions and that there are no problems in recording the data. It will also enable you to assess the validity and reliability of the data collected.
Processing the data
Spreadsheets and/or databases will let you manipulate your data easily.