Do You Know the Essential Components of an Effective Survey?


For the average person, surveys are probably not a subject given much thought. While we have all taken surveys in our life, fewer people have ever actually constructed a survey. Because of this, many people are unaware of how to effectively build a survey to measure the results that they want to be measured in a simple, effective, and reliable manner. To help remedy this, we here at DataStar wanted to use today’s post and the following post to cover a few tips on how to build an effective survey. Following these tips will help you craft a survey that delivers the results you want and, more importantly, a survey that people will respond to. Continue reading below to learn more.


Effective Surveys Require Careful Planning


While you certainly don’t have to be an expert in order to build a survey, it does help to have a general idea of how professional surveys are put together. Below, we have listed a few essential tips that will help you craft a survey that will deliver the information that you need.



  • Make Every Question Count: When it comes to building a survey, it is important to consider the necessity of each question. Surveys are built in order to obtain important insights about a certain population or demographic, so it is important that every question on the survey plays a direct part in obtaining the information that you want. In our opinion, it is better to first identify the data that you are trying to collect and then come up with the questions that you will ask. Doing this helps to eliminate any questions that may be redundant or serve no purpose at all.
  • Simplicity is Key: While surveys are an effective way of gathering data, they are only effective if people actually respond to them. Potential respondents are less likely to fill out a survey if the questions or complicated or the survey is particularly long. When building your survey, make sure that each question follows a logical order and that the questions are easy to respond to.
  • Make Each Question Clear and Direct: While open-ended questions can provide a wealth of qualitative information, overly general questions can be difficult to quantify when processing the results of the survey. In our professional opinion, questions should be as direct as possible so that the respondents are not confused about what they are being asked. Using clear and precise language makes questions easier for people to answer and should be a top priority when building your survey.



Join us again next time as we continue to cover some more tips on how to properly build a survey. If after reading this post you would rather have a professional service handle your survey needs, contact us today or visit our website. At DataStar, we have the knowledge, tools, and experience necessary to build effective surveys and we are certain that we can handle any survey-related needs that you may have. When it comes to survey management, don’t settle for second best. Contacts us today and let us show you the DataStar Difference.