Writing surveys can be lots of fun, especially if you're a naturally curious sort of person. Now you can get answers to all your questions!
At this point, you have 4 or 5 questions all related to the same, specific topic. If you've picked a good topic and good related questions, then you're almost done!
Pick one of the 4 or 5 broad questions you had. Now write 4 or 5 questions related to that one question.
Our first broad question was "What do you do to make sure you have a strong relationship with your parents?" Now we could ask even more specific questions, such as "How do you talk to your parents when you want them to do you a favor?" and "When your parents ask you to do something, what's your first response?
When you're done, move on to the next question. Keep on going until you have 4 or 5 really, really specific questions for each of the broad questions you started with.
The next step is to assign a response type for each question. You
can make all your questions have the same type of response or pick
a different response type for each question.
Ask for this type of response when you expect a one-word response or a short phrase.
What is your first or fake name?
"Judy" "xmegmeg234" "ASmartGirl10" "McKenzie"
What is your favorite place to go with your family?
"Applebee's" "my grandma's" "Cape Cod" "the ice cream store on the corner"
Ask for this type of response when you expect a response that is several sentences long, or even a full paragraph.
What is your favorite memory with your mother?
"idk. too many to count! I love my momm!!"
"My favorite memory with my mother was when we went shopping for my prom dress. I was getting stressed because nothing fit me right and I felt fat and ugly. I started to cry in the store which was really embarrassing. My mother asked everyone what they were looking at and people stopped staring. Then she sat with me in the stall and helped me calm down. We went home and she made me my favorite dinner and reminded me that prom dresses don't make people beautiful, people are beautiful no matter what. I was glad she stood up for me and was on my side."
If you want neat results that you can make graphs out of, go with a close-ended response so people choose from pre-determined options. Use multiple choice, check box, or Likert scale.
Ask for this type of response when you want people to choose between specific options that you give them.
When your parents ask you to do some chores, how do you usually react?
Would you rather...
Ask for this type of response when you want people to be able to select more than one option that you give them.
Which of the following do you do with your family?
Which of the following types of affection are you comfortable giving your father?
Saying, "I love you"
Ask for this type of response if you want people to choose between "Strongly Disagree, Disagree, Agree, Strongly Agree" or to rate something on a scale of 1 to 5.
Do you get along with your mother?
On a scale of 1 to 5, how much do your parents buy for you?
5: My parents always buy me everything.
4: My parents buy most of my things.
3: My parents buy about half my stuff.
2: My parents buy only a few things for me.
1: My parents don't buy me anything.
If you haven't done so already, list all the options you want available for close-ended responses. Here are tips for writing good close-ended response options