After constructing my recruitment message detailed in my last post, it was time to start gathering data for the critical analysis aspect of thesis. I pondered for a while on how I would go about collecting my data. Originally I thought of doing interviews, but had to nix this idea for multiple reasons. The first reason was, there just isn’t enough time. My goal is to have at least ten data points for the paper, and interviewing ten people separately would take a lot of time. The second reason I chose not to do interviews is because the questions I would need to ask would be deeply personal, and I’m sure many people would not be comfortable having to answer such questions aloud. Because of this, I decided a survey would be my best option for data collection. This is because it would save me tremendous amounts of time, and also give the participants the option to stay anonymous.
In order collect data efficiently I decided I wanted to create a survey so I could easily send out to anyone who wanted to participate. I chose to use Google surveys, as it’s well organized and has good tools to help me keep track of the data I collect.
Finding The Right Questions
Now that I have chosen my means of creating and sending out my survey, I had to figure out what questions I wanted to ask. At first I was extremely daunted by this task, as I wasn’t sure which questions would be the right ones to ask to gather the particular data I was looking for.
In order to find the perfect questions for my survey, I referenced the outline for my critical analysis. Since the data I will be collecting is for a paper, I figured the outline of my paper would be a good place to start, so I made sure I covered everything I needed to. I made sure to construct questions based around all the points in my outline so I would have data for every section of the paper.
Making Sure Your Questions Get Answered
I also made sure to have multiple questions per point, by posing multiple questions, even if they’re somewhat similar to one another, the phrasing of each question may get the participants to say something new or different from the other questions, or create a new thought.