The University of Minnesota is conducting research in order to gain insight on how to improve better services for college woman. This survey asked for participants to be woman ages 18-25 in college, it was sent through the UMN email address. The research study stressed the importance that all participants are kept confidential. This confidentiality was stated before questions, in the email, and in a consent form at the beginning. It was clearly really important for the researcher to let the participants know that their confidentiality is important to us.
This survey had many questions that could be sensitive and possibly hard to answer in front of another person. The questions focused on very public subjects to do with a college woman's sexual experiences. Here are a few of the studies.
This survey was organized really well with each section being a different topic followed by many multiple choice questions concerning that topic. I felt the way the questions were stated was very clear and easy to respond to. In my opinion, out of all of the surveys I have taken this semester this survey was constructed the best. The questions were clearly stated with well balanced responses.
This survey asked very personal questions about the participants political views and sexual history. Each question was also formed with the option to not answer. It was really good that they added the do not answer option. This way if people are not comfortable answering certain questions they are not forced to. This option to not answer certain questions is likely to increase the response rate. If participants are uncomfortable with certain questions they are able to not answer those, yet participate in the rest.
I think that it is important for a survey with this many personal questions be conducted with the online survey method. This method makes the participant feel more comfortable answering questions honestly without having to be embarrassed. By taking the survey online, it gives the sense of a faceless researcher. If this survey had been done in person it is likely that the participants would feel comfortable enough to answer the questions honestly.