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2  Many study designs use surveys to collect information  Online or web-based surveys are an increasingly more popular way to collect survey information

3 “Web surveys make feasible the delivery of multimedia survey content to respondents in a standardized way using self-administered methods. This opens up a whole new realm of survey possibilities that were heretofore impossible or extremely difficult to implement using more traditional methods.” ( Couper, 2000) 3

4  Discuss tips and pitfalls of survey development with an online focus  Not instruction on technical aspects of online survey software 4

5  Clearly identify your research question  Is a questionnaire or survey the best way to answer your question?  Are there any existing tools or questionnaires that you can use to answer your research question? Valid Reliable Justify why a new questionnaire needs to be developed 5

6 “The design of a questionnaire must consider how to motivate someone who receives it to become a respondent and complete the survey.” (Dillman, 2009) 6

7  Create the most appealing appearance for respondents to complete your online questionnaire  Carefully consider the questionnaire design 7

8  Create informative welcome and closing screens written in a friendly, professional manner  Welcome Screen: - title, purpose, instructions, participant rights, study contact information and consent  Closing Screen: - message to the respondent regarding completion of the survey and acknowledgement of respondent’s contributions 8

9 We are inviting you to participate in this survey, led by Jane Smith, PhD, at McMaster University, as well as a follow- up survey six months from now. All adult members of the McMaster Fitness Centre have been invited to participate. Individuals who complete both the evaluation survey and the follow-up survey will be entered into a draw to win an ipad as a token of our appreciation. The survey questions will take less than 10 minutes to complete. The intent of this evaluation is to determine if, and the extent to which you use the exercise facility and how that contributes to your health. All responses will be kept confidential and anonymous. Anonymity of data will be maintained so that any reports produced from the study will not provide identifying information. This information will be kept in the project coordinator's office with electronic files on a computer that is password protected, so that only research staff will have access to this data. There are no foreseen risks in participating in this study. If you choose not to participate in this study there will not be any negative consequences. You may also choose to withdraw from the survey at any time, or choose not to answer specific questions. The results of the study can be made available to you, or you may request notification of any publications produced as a result of this study by contacting the research coordinator. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Jennifer McGugan at or 905-525-9140 ext 23220. This study has been reviewed by the Hamilton Health Sciences/McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Research Ethics Board (HHS/FHS REB). The REB is responsible for ensuring that participants are informed of the risks associated with the research, and that participants are free to decide if participation is right for them. If you have any questions about your rights as a research participant, please call The Office of the Chair, HHS/FHS REB at 905.525.2100 x. 42013. I have read the preceding information thoroughly. By clicking the submit button, I agree to participate in this study. EXAMPLE: MCMASTER FITNESS CENTRE EVALUATION 9

10 Your answers have been received. Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey. We value your contribution. Sincerely, Jane Smith EXAMPLE: THANK YOU! 10

11 11  Introduce your question groups with a description to inform participants about the next steps. EXAMPLE: MCMASTER FITNESS CENTRE EVALUTION The next group of questions ask about your exercise habits. Please answer the questions while keeping in mind your regular weekly exercise habits.

12  Order questions logically and group by content EXAMPLE : 1. What exercise equipment do you use? Select all that apply.  Treadmill  Exercise Bike  Elliptical Machine  Rowing Machine  Free Weights  Weight Machines  Other Please Specify: 2. How many times per week do you use the McMaster Fitness Centre? # of times 3. What is your occupation? Yes No 4. Have you ever had surgery? Yes No 12

13  Questions should apply to your respondents EXAMPLE: 5. If you regularly use the treadmill, how long do you spend on it? minutes  Specify the concept EXAMPLE: 6. How many times did you exercise? Number 13

14  Ask one question at a time EXAMPLE: 7. Do you have and use a step tracker? YesNo  Use complete sentences with as few words as possible and keep them simple and familiar EXAMPLE: 8. Do you feel like you have more doggedness after using the MUFC more than 3 times per week? Yes No 14

15  Create mutually exclusive response categories EXAMPLE: 9. Please select the age category applies to you:  18-30  30-45  45-60  60 and above 15

16  Have a purpose for open-ended questions EXAMPLE: 10. How do you feel about exercise? 16

17  Use mandatory questions only if necessary  Put more sensitive questions toward the end of the survey  Include instructions to ensure respondents know how to answer your questions  Number questions consecutively See Dillman (and others) for many other things that should and should not be done when writing questions and designing a questionnaire. 17

18  Survey Monkey  Fluid Surveys  Checkbox  Survey Crafter  LIME SURVEY – Used by McMaster University 18

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20 Single choice questions – List (radio) 20

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27  Email invite to participate in survey  tokens vs. self-identified ids  date stamps  IP address  Reminder email(s) depending on study protocol  Frequency  Survey open and close dates  Duration 27

28 School of Nursing Research Support Services can assist you with your online survey on a fee-for-service basis  Getting Started  Complete a request form on our websitewebsite  Set up a contract with Susanne King 28

29 QUESTIONNAIRE  Your questionnaire in a complete form with all descriptions and introductions  Welcome, closing and email messages, if applicable  Are you going to be pilot testing your questionnaire?  Content validity  Readability  If you are using an existing questionnaire, have you obtained the necessary permissions? 29

30 PARTICIPANTS  Complete contact list of participants or list serv email addresses  If you have a participant gift or prize how are you distributing it?  What is your timeline? Reminders, close date, etc.  Are there follow up surveys that need to be matched  Tokens vs. Self-identified IDs 30

31 DATA  Do the data need to be anonymized?  Will you need to do any recoding?  In which format would you like to receive your data?  Excel  SPSS 31

32 Couper, M. (2000) WEB SURVEYS A REVIEW OF ISSUES AND APPROACHES Public Opinion Quarterly Volume 64:464–494. Dillman, D. (2009) Internet, Mail and Mix-mode Surveys: The Tailored Design Method


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