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Questions to ask before beginning or commissioning a survey

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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.