The Great Debate: Paper Surveys vs. Online Surveys

Paper surveys vs. online surveys. What’s your opinion?

multi-mode-survey-softwareSince the rise in popularity of online surveys, the questions still remains, are online surveys better than paper surveys?

Many businesses have shifted some, if not all of their surveys to online platforms, ready for completion on online or mobile devices. For some organizations, however, the decision to shift is a difficult one to make. Some target populations may not be receptive to online surveys, making the transition a difficult decision. Are online surveys superior to paper surveys in terms of both speed and cost-efficiency? The debate between which is more effective continues.

How does each mode of survey research fare in your market? Can your research remain valid if you switch to one mode of survey research, but leave the other behind?  Take into consideration the following factors:  Continue reading

Paper Surveys: Alive and Well!

Paper Surveys may seem like a thing of the past, but they are certainly alive and well. Consider survey software that allows you to conduct all modes of survey research to increase response rates.

Spaper-surveys-survey-softwarenap Surveys customers choose Snap Survey Software because it gives users the flexibility to run surveys in a range of survey modes, including: paper, paper for scanning, online, mobile, tablet, and kiosk. Depending upon your audience and administration limitations, paper surveys can prove more effective than online surveys for collecting feedback.

Administering paper surveys in conjunction with other survey modes can help boost response rates, particularly if you need to target harder to reach communities or fulfill strict respondent quotas. Snap Survey Software gives you the flexibility to gather and manage feedback based on your individual or organizational needs, as well as the needs of your respondents.  Continue reading

The benefits of conducting paper surveys with scanning

Paper surveys offer a number of advantages, and can be used in situations where an online survey isn’t practical, or alongside other survey formats to extend a project’s reach. However, once you have responses on paper questionnaires you need to input your data so you can analyse your results and create reports.

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Snap Survey Software How-to: Scan a Paper Survey in Booklet Form

Learn how-to scan paper surveys in booklet form using Snap Survey Software

Snap Survey Software is a powerful tool to develop all modes of survey research, including: online surveys, paper surveys, scannable surveys, mobile surveys, and kiosk surveys. Even in today’s high tech world, paper surveys are still very much widely used. For example, in many research studies for healthcare or education, paper surveys are printed to booklet form. Once completed by respondents, the booklets are scanned and the survey data is collected in the software, ready for analysis and reporting.

With Snap Survey Software, you can easily print paper surveys as booklets. Within the design capabilities of the survey software, there is a Print as booklet setting which lays out the survey as a booklet.

We have made a worksheet available to help you through the steps of creating your own paper survey in booklet form. This worksheet assumes that you have worked your way through the paper survey scanning tutorial available in the software’s online help and via the web. View the scanning tutorial.

Summary of steps in the Scanning a Booklet worksheet:

Step 1: Set up the survey as a booklet

Step 2: Scan in the survey

Scanning a booklet when you have not set up the survey as a booklet

View the worksheet: Scan a Paper Survey in Booklet Form

Should Survey Demographic Questions be at the Beginning or End of a Survey?

At many tradeshows and seminars, we are frequently asked many common questions.  A couple of our common questions include “What is Snap Survey Software?” and “How do you compare to those monkey surveys?” (That’s one of our favorites!) One common question in particular, however, is related to survey design – “Should demographic questions be included at the beginning or at the end of a survey?”

Many survey researchers will answer “Definitely at the beginning,” and others will say, “No, at the end is the best place.” Some may even suggest putting the most important demographic questions at the beginning and save the less important demographic questions for the end.  Continue reading

6 Areas to Consider when Developing a Survey Project Plan

Why is it important to develop a plan for your online survey?

A survey begins when an individual or organization is challenged with a business problem and the existing data, if accessible, has inadequate data. At this moment, the survey researcher or survey research team will need to consider if the necessary data can be collected by administering a survey, and in what mode: paper survey, online survey, mobile survey, etc. If the requirements include: responses from a number of people; quick turnaround on results; and collect specific information to support a business decision, then an online survey is the most appropriate method of data collection.

A well-planned survey project plan will help focus your plan objectives, map your implementation, and prepare you for data analysis. Proper planning will result in an effective and efficient survey project plan. Gathering the data you need will allow you to focus on implementing well-supported business decisions.

A clearly devised survey project plan will answer the following questions:     Continue reading

Design Paper Surveys with Advanced Survey Software

Many Snap Surveys customers choose Snap Survey Software because it gives users the flexibility to run surveys in a range of modes, including: paper, scanning, online, PDA, kiosk, mobile, and phone. 

Depending upon your audience, paper surveys can prove more effective than online surveys for collecting responses. Administering paper surveys in conjunction with other survey modes can also help boost response rates, particularly if you need to target harder to reach communities or fulfill strict quotas. Snap Survey Software gives you the flexibility to find what works best for you

Are you stumped for ideas on where to start with your paper survey? Are you looking for some inspiration to create logical survey questions and eye-catching paper survey design ideas?  Take a look at some of our sample surveys below.   Continue reading

Tips to Maximize Your Survey Response Rates

The overall success of your survey depends greatly on a good quality response rate. The higher the response rate, the more representative the survey will be of the total population. Ideally, a higher than anticipated response rate will bring more assurance and reliability to the survey results. A higher response rate also allows more robust statistical calculations to be performed. In contrast, a response rate that falls short of the anticipated response rate may bring into question the dependability and representativeness of the survey data. Receiving a low response rate from your survey will skew the results due to response bias, as certain types of people are more likely to respond to surveys than others, so certain views may triumph.

By following these simple guidelines, you can considerably increase the number of respondents who complete your survey. Here are some actions you can take to maximize response rates.  Continue reading

Tips on Conducting Employee Satisfaction Surveys

If designed and administered properly, employee surveys can provide invaluable feedback to any organization and be an effective performance management tool. Organizations can use employee survey data to create strategies to improve staff retention and increase productivity, as well as provide a benchmark to measure continued improvement. 

However, there can be drawbacks. Here are some tips worth considering:  Continue reading

Survey Questionnaire Design: Checklist for Factual (Behavioral) Questions

Whether you are designing an Online, Paper, Kiosk or Mobile Survey, this checklist of question development tips will help you to build the best survey questionnaire for your study. Continue reading