Questions to ask before beginning or commissioning a survey(go to Outline)
Therefore, before embarking on survey planning, ask the following questions:
- Are the results likely to be used for decision making?
- Are the results likely to be used to take action?
- Is the affected population accessible?
- Is there no easier or better way to gather the information necessary?
If the answer to all 4 questions is not YES, you may not need to do a survey.
In addition to these questions, ask yourself if your agency has the necessary technical know-how and resources to carry out a quality survey or the ability to hire someone who does? If not, perhaps your organization should not be considering carrying out a survey.