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Using Web and Paper Questionnaires for Data-Based Decision Making
From Design to Interpretation of the Results

  • Susan J. Thomas - Indira Gandhi Institute for Development Research, Mumbai, India

March 2004 | 216 pages | Corwin

"Using Web and Paper Questionnaires for Data-Based Decision Making is clearly written, easy to understand, and has plenty of examples and guides for those implementing these ideas. Designed as a cookbook, it superbly enables educators to write, administer, and analyze a survey."
Sandra L. Stein, Professor of Education
Rider University

Learn to use questionnaires and data-based decision making to support school improvement!

How effectively are teachers implementing the new literacy program? What do parents think of the proposed homework policy? Is bullying a growing problem? Understanding how to create appropriate questionnaires is essential in making data-based decisions that improve school policies, processes, and procedures.

Using Web and Paper Questionnaires for Data-Based Decision Making is a practical handbook for creating exceptional questionnaires for a variety of purposes, including data-based decision making. Author Susan J. Thomas provides authoritative guidance for planning a survey project, creating a questionnaire, gathering data, and analyzing and communicating the results to a variety of audiences.

Features of this reader-friendly guidebook include

  • Sample cover letters, invitations, parental permission forms, and planning templates
  • Extensive examples, activities, and checklists
  • Web-based questionnaire guidelines
  • A step-by-step case study of a successful survey project

Offering suggestions for successfully using both Web-based and paper-based questionnaires, this practitioner-focused manual summarizes the key steps of successful survey projects and identifies critical success factors for each step.

Designed primarily for principals, district-level administrators, and teachers, this invaluable resource is also suitable for policymakers, state-level administrators, and graduate students in education and social sciences.


 
Preface
 
About the Author
 
1. Launching Your Survey Project
 
2. Asking the Right Questions
 
3. Creating Response Choices for Rating Scales
 
4. Putting the Questionnaire Together
 
5. Identifying and Contacting Respondents
 
6. Pilot Testing the Questionnaire
 
7. Maximizing Your Response Rate: Collecting the Data
 
8. Analyzing the Data and Making Data-Based Decisions
 
9. Communicating the Results
 
Resource A: Questionnaire for the Case Study
 
References
 
Bibliography
 
Index

"Clearly written, easy to understand, and has plenty of examples and guides for those implementing these ideas. Designed as a cookbook, it superbly enables educators to write, administer, and analyze a survey."

Sandra L. Stein, Professor of Education
Rider University

"This book provides a thorough, step-by-step, easy-to-follow resource that takes educators through all phases of the survey process. It will become a welcome addition to educators as they collect and use questionnaire data to make data-based decisions."

Patricia Barker, Director of Planning and Assessment
South Orange Maplewood School District, NJ

"This book offers everything necessary to create an excellent survey from start to finish—a must-have book for educators."

Elizabeth Celentano, Education Test Program Specialist
New Jersey Department of Education

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Sample Materials & Chapters

Preface

Chapter 1: Launching Your Survey Project


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