Programming and Testing
Programming refers to entering the questionnaire into the Data Collection Software and testing refers to checking that it has been programmed correctly. Key things to check are that:
- The skips in the questionnaire make sense. That is, that there are no combinations of options that people select which cause them to receive an error message or to be shown the wrong questions.
- That anybody can do the questionnaire. On old or very young family member is one good way of checking.
- That the data exports correctly. This is done by creating and reviewing a Summary Report.
It is good practice to conduct a pilot survey to a dozen respondents and check that the resulting data is as anticipated. An even better practice is to sit with these respondents as they are doing the survey and ask them to think aloud, explaining how and why they are answering the questions, as this can given insight into any problems with question wording.