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Survey Design Proposal

Pre-Project Report

Survey Lady

Groups: First, you should immediately choose a group of either three to five (face-to-face) or four to six (online) compatible colleagues and, after gaining permission from other group members, you should either email me the group members ( or self-enroll in a group inside D2L.  You should also choose a group leader - choose someone who is extraordinarily dedicated to school and this class and doing well because the success of the entire group depends on how dedicated your group leader is.  If you have any group trouble throughout the course, please let me know so I can help.  Group conflict needs to be resolved right away.

The first, pre-project report is your proposal for how you will gather your data.  Because we've not yet covered how to gather data, I will have lots of feedback to give you, which I will do the day after the due date, and so all surveys should not be collected until after the group has read and incorporated my feedback.  In other words, surveys should be conducted between one day and five days after the pre-project due date and should reflect pre-project feedback in the dropbox

Through the D2L dropbox, submit your pre-project report:  a brief, one paragraph synopsis of who you will survey, when, where, and how as well as the list of proposed questions (at least five questions, of which at least two have quantitative answers and one has categorical answers) with the disclaimer that you will be reading to all participants before surveying saying, Note that your answers will only be used anonymously for a class project and will not be published anywhere. With your group, create and submit a single, MS Word document containing:

1. A list of all of the members of your group, identifying clearly the group leader and backup group leader,
2. The date, time, length, members present, and method (e.g., in person, via Pronto, via phone) of your group meeting,
3. A brief, one paragraph synopsis of
      a. who (who is your target population?),
      b. when,
      c. where (exact dates, times, and locations - including all business names and addresses - should be given for each survey collection),
      d. and how (describe the process), and
4. The proposed list of questions (at least five questions, of which at least two have quantitative answers and one has categorical answers).

Only your most recent submission will be graded. All other submissions are overwritten.

General:  The main goal in this project is for your group to successfully design and implement a survey gathering data of a non-sensitive nature  from adults.  Though an example pre-project report is provided, I strongly encourage you to be unique and creative in your survey design and questions, following the established survey design principles discussed in Chapter 4.  You may ask any audience about any theme of questions as long as all of your participants are adults and all of your questions are not of a sensitive nature (e.g., sexual orientation, politics, religion).  The best projects are when groups design questions they really care about and really want to know the answers to.  A secondary goal for this project is to use the methods you learn in Part 1 of the text to organize, analyze, and present the data you've collected.

Meetings:  At least twelve hours before each of the four reports (Pre-Project and Projects 1, 2, and 3) is due, your group must meet either in person, via Skype, or via phone conferencing.  You should setup and discuss meeting times in your project discussions topic in D2L. 

During the pre-project report meeting, please invite me. I am unavailable on Tuesday and Thursday mornings but will try to make other meeting times (via phone or Skype) as my schedule allows. You should discuss what sorts of questions you want to ask as well as who, when, where and how you'll ask.  Someone should be designated to take notes and use those notes to write up the pre-project report.