Survey Design Resources
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:
- 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:
- Qualtrics (Links to Qualtrics University "Survey Basics" section).
- Snap Surveys (Links to Snap Surveys blog; search for "survey design" in Posts by Categories search box).
- surveygizmo (Links to blog of best practice tips and other resources)
- Survey Monkey (Links to "Survey Tips" section of resource page)
Survey Design Workshops
Basic survey design training is offered each spring through the Professional Development program. 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.