A Survey is both simple, and complex, depending on the end you look at. While participants may see the questions as simple, there is a definite strategy researchers use in the order and wording for each and every survey question. The basics for writing, reading, and analyzing surveys are laid out here in this article created by Greenbook.org.
October 2012 Archives
The launch if the Greenbook.org sister site is going to be a very useful tool for those looking to find methods for qualitative research!
The site offers online chat room focus groups, online communities, journals and blogs, even mobile qualitative research!
A new study shows a decrease in the number of teens drinking and driving. This is a great article written by someone who actually understood the study! Not only do they explain the current statistics, but it compares them to the numbers from 1 and 20 years ago. The author describes the method as a national survey. While they do not go in depth on the method there is a link provided, for those interested, to investigate further.
It seems the reason for the decline is the stricter laws that are being enforced throughout the country. Of the 41 states surveyed "the percentage of students who reported drinking and driving in the previous 30 days ranged from a low of 4.6 percent in Utah to a high of 14.5 percent in North Dakota." Seems like a pretty intensive study to me.