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cheap and appropriate for extensive investigations. But it may not
ensure accurate results because the correspondents are likely to be
negligent, prejudiced and biased. This method is adopted in those
cases where informations are to be collected periodically from a
wide area for a long time.
32 4. Mailed questionnaire method:
Under this method a list of questions is prepared and is sent
to all the informants by post. The list of questions is technically
called questionnaire. A covering letter accompanying the
questionnaire explains the purpose of the investigation and the
importance of correct informations and request the informants to
fill in the blank spaces provided and to return the form within a
specified time. This method is appropriate in those cases where the
informants are literates and are spread over a wide area.
1. It is relatively cheap.
2. It is preferable when the informants are spread over the
1. The greatest limitation is that the informants should be
literates who are able to understand and reply the questions.
2. It is possible that some of the persons who receive the
questionnaires do not return them.
3. It is difficult to verify the correctness of the informations
furnished by the respondents.
With the view of minimizing non-respondents and
collecting correct information, the questionnaire should be
carefully drafted. There is no hard and fast rule. But the following
general principles may be helpful in framing the questionnaire. A
covering letter and a self addressed and stamped envelope should
accompany the questionnaire. The covering letter should politely
point out the purpose of the survey and privilege of the respondent
who is one among the few associated with the investigation. It
should assure that the informations would be kept confidential and
would never be misused. It may promise a copy of the findings or
free gifts or concessions etc.,
Characteristics of a good questionnaire:
1. Number of questions should be minimum.
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This note was uploaded on 01/18/2014 for the course BUS 100 taught by Professor Moshiri during the Winter '08 term at UC Riverside.
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