Survey research and design in psychology/Assessment/Data collection and entry/Survey administration

Survey administration guidelines edit

  1. Print off 5 x A4 portrait style hard copy
    Surveys about university student motivation, satisfaction, and time management

Surveys edit

These surveys were designed for use by an undergraduate psychology class (Survey Research and Design in Psychology, 2005-2018):

Students used these surveys to collect data, entry data, and conduct analyses for a lab report.

Using these surveys edit

These instruments and their items are free to use, adapt etcetera under a Creative Commons Attribution International 4.0 license.

However, be aware that the surveys in their current format are intentionally designed to not be "perfect" so that emerging scholars studying subjects such as "Survey research and design in psychology" can collect data and then practice exploratory factor analysis  .

There is also intentionally no scoring key  . Factor analysis is recommended to help determine the underlying factor structure and to identify which items to use to calculate composite scores. In other words, there is a latent structure, but you'll need to work it out. For example, for university student motivation, see these suggestions. Composite scores representing underlying constructs can then be used for descriptive statistics and hypothesis testing.

Psychometrics edit

There are no reported psychometrics for newly developed items and scales in these survey instruments. Where intact, previously published measures were included, psychometrics may be available.

Users of these surveys should be prepared to conduct their own psychometric analyses (factor structure, reliability, and validity) based on their own samples.

See also edit

    1. The first page must be single-sided (as participants should be given the opportunity to remove and retain this page)
    2. The rest of the survey may be single-sided or double-sided. Ensure that the printing is the same way up on both sides on the page.
    3. The pages for each survey should be stapled together through the top-left corner.
  1. Complete one survey yourself (to familiarise yourself with the survey).
  2. Collect four other cases of real survey data using convenience sampling with systematic selection:
    1. Have clipboards (or something to lean on) and pens available.
    2. Only approach potential participants during daylight hours outside the exits to the UC library, refectory, HUB area etc. (i.e., approach people in the central concourse area (between the library and buildings 1 and 2) as they pass by or exit buildings.
    3. Systematically pick every nth person who walks past (pick a number and stick to it - do not just pick whoever you like).
    4. Introduce yourself and your purpose:
      1. Approach and ask whether the person would be interested in participating in a survey about university student satisfaction and time management as part of a psychology class exercise.
      2. Explain that the survey is voluntary, confidential and would take approximately 15 mins of their time.
      3. Check that the person is a current UC student.
    5. Record the number of refusals and any reasons that respondents provide or circumstances that may have influenced the administration.
    6. Direct interested participants to read the cover page instructions, ask any questions, and then complete the questionnaire.
    7. When the person is finished, quickly check over the survey pages to ensure that it is complete - invite participants to complete items they may have missed or didn't complete properly. If someone drops out (e.g., by partially completing survey or leaving chunks missing), ask a new participant to complete a fresh survey. However, if a survey only has missing responses for a question or two here and there, use the survey.
    8. Thank the participant for his/her time.
    9. Report any problems to the unit convener (

  How to cite: Wikiversity (2018). Survey administration guidelines. Retrieved from