Surveys are useful in describing the characteristics of a large population. No other research method can provide this broad capability, which ensures a more accurate sample to gather targeted results in which to draw conclusions and make important decisions.
In our research however, we have yet to come across a simple platform that allows us to create questionnaires and put them online in an easy (and affordable) manner - there are some great packages out there, but the cost is often too high for small research projects and they are often difficult to host on our own servers.
SOCIAL SURVEYS is an effort to build our own research platform and to make small-scale research easy, affordable and open to others. We also built this platform with our studnets in mind. They can easily create surveys, host them here and reach their target populations.Participate!
Read our findings here - both positive and negative - because we believe that even the best research is ineffectual if others aren’t able to read and build on it.
We intend to make anonymized research data freely available to other researchers to download, copy, analyse, re-process or use them for any other purpose without barriers.
In the same spirit of open access to science and knowledge, we will make scientific articles from open-source journals that underpin our research available!
Social Survey applies the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license to works we publish. This license was developed to facilitate Open Access — namely, free immediate access to, and unrestricted reuse of, original works of all types.
Under this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content, but they allow anyone to download, reuse, reprint, modify, distribute and/or copy the content as long as the original authors and source are cited.
We would love to hear from other researchers - especially in the social and educational sciences - who have surveys and questionnaires of their own who and would like to test & validate them on our platform. Do not hesitate to drop us a line with your research needs and we will see how we can work with you.