There are many resources in print and on the web to assist you with designing a survey instrument. An excellent book to consult is Mail and Internet Surveys: The Tailored Design Method, by Don Dillman, for detailed instructions on developing a survey project from start to finish. This reference is available in our Alkek Library.
Here are some online resources that you may want to consult for the latest tips and suggestions to help you develop a quality survey:
- Developing a Survey for Quality Improvement and Writing Effective Survey Questions for Quality Improvement (Powerpoint slides from Texas State Office of Institutional Research Professional Development presentations).
- The Web Center for Social Research Methods' Knowledge Base (Links directly to "Constructing the Survey" section, which contains excellent tips on witing and organizing questions).
- Survey Research Methods (section of American Statistical Assocation's website devoted to the improvement of survey methods).
Software companies often post helpful information about survey design. Here are some to consult for survey design tips:
Survey Design Workshops
Basic survey design training is offered each spring through the Professional Development program; the next scheduled workshop will be held in the spring of 2017. See Professional Development listings for more information.
Qualtrics survey software is available for use by Texas State faculty, staff and students. Visit the Texas State Qualtrics information page for details, links to training and to log in or set up an account.