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Justification for survey

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Does the report adequately explain why a survey was necessary? If not, perhaps the questions which the survey was meant to answer cannot be answered by survey methods. For example, if a survey was done to determine if anaemia causes loss of mental capacity in school children, the survey will fail because surveys are not good at answering questions of cause-effect. (see page on Limitations of surveys)

Does the report explain what the survey managers had planned to do with the data before collecting it? If they had not thought about this, perhaps the survey was not necessary.