Student Evaluations and Course Evaluations – Advantages and Disadvantages of asking Closed Questions in your Questionnaire

Course Evaluations and Student Evaluations sometimes use ‘closed questions’ (one or more answers selected in a predetermined list of responses) for many reasons.  Usually it is done to get quantitative information about the course or program being reviewed.  Continue reading

Course Evaluations and Student Evaluations – The Advantages and Disadvantages of Open Questions for Your Survey

Course Evaluations and Student Evaluations sometimes use ‘open questions’ (questions that provide for a unique response box) for many reasons.  Usually it is done to get qualitative information about the course or program.

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Course Evaluations and Student Evaluations, and the Types of Questions to Consider when Planning Your Course or Student Questionnaire

Course evaluations and student evaluations are a good way to gain valuable information about the quality and quantity of information students are receiving from your course or program.  These surveys can help you to evaluate professors, curriculum, and other factors, that can ensure your students are receiving the desired results from their enrollment.  Many learning centers use student evaluations to improve and expand programs and to be certain their staff is appropriately skilled in providing the quality course materials that students expect. Continue reading

Healthcare Surveys and Patient Satisfaction Surveys – The Five Factors to Consider When Selecting Patient Sample Size

When planning your healthcare survey or patient satisfaction survey you will want to consider these five factors for selecting your patient sample size. Reviewing these five important questions will guide you in determining the right sample method for your survey: Continue reading

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Patient Surveys and Healthcare Satisfaction Surveys – Examining Non-Random Sampling Strategies for your Survey Needs

In our previous post we discussed the types of random samples you may choose to use for your patient surveys or healthcare satisfaction survey. In addition to random samples, there are also some Non-Random Sampling Strategies to be considered. Continue reading

Hospital Surveys – How to truly get a random sample of your patient population

When planning your hospital survey, it is unlikely you will survey each of your patients due to the sheer size of the hospitals patient population. For that reason, random sampling is the preferred method. Continue reading

Health and Medical Surveys – Avoiding Biased Sampling of Your Patient Population

When developing your medical or healthcare satisfaction survey you will want to give thought to random and biased sampling of your patient population. If it is your desire to generalize the findings in your survey to the total patient population, you will want a sample that is truly representative of that group. Continue reading

Healthcare Surveys and Medical Research Surveys – Identifying Target Population and Sample Size for Your Healthcare Related Survey

When planning your healthcare survey or medical research survey, you will need to identify the group of patients that you would like to gather your data from. Because the target population (all patients that had a surgery in a particular hospital) can be very large, it can be cost prohibitive to gather data from all of them. In this case, it is common to take a sample of the total group and use it to generalize the findings to the target population. Continue reading

Customer Satisfaction Surveys – Defining ‘Survey’ and ‘Census’ for Your Successful Survey

A customer satisfaction survey is designed to gather information from a “sample” of your customer population, as opposed to a “census” which gathers information from all of your customer population. A census is a costly and labor intensive undertaking, giving complete information, while a survey (a sampling of the population) gives you approximate information. A survey is an easier and more cost effective way to gather information. Continue reading

Customer Satisfaction Survey – Defining the Unit of Study and Target Population for Your Survey

In any successful customer satisfaction survey it is necessary to define the unit of study and the target population. Determining which customers you sample and from what segment in time, location, or other metric, defines the clarity and type of information you will receive from your survey. Once you’ve answered these important questions, you can move on to planning your survey sampling methods. This step, however, is critical in ensuring good customer satisfaction survey results. Continue reading