It feels as if you’re heading to court where you’ll be cross-examined, criticised and then judged. Perhaps you, or your project, will be found wanting with uncomfortable consequences for everyone.
Imagine you commissioned builders to build your house extension; would you leave them to it?
More likely you’d want to check how things are going, maybe even adjust things a little as you go along.
Once you’ve chosen your survey method, and developed your list of questions, it’s tempting to get right on with the survey. Time is probably egging you on too! But wait a minute, would you cater for a wedding party without trying out the recipes first?
However well you and others have thought out your survey, there’s bound to be at least one glitch to resolve. Much better to take the time to identify them at the beginning than find them after you have run your full survey.
This task reminds me of going to buy a pair of jeans for my teenage daughter. First I need to be very clear of her size and current fashion preferences, then there’s a fair chance I’ll get a pair she likes!
Before you start out on a journey you’re usually clear on three things: where you’re starting from, where you want to end up, and what you’ll do when you get there. Without answers you may end up where you don’t really want to go!
It’s pretty much the same with research, you need to know where you are now, what you want to know, and what you’ll do with the information you get.
The good news is there’s no need to reinvent the wheel; there are plenty of good reports to draw ideas from.
To save your time and energy, here’s a tried and tested template that works!