Monkey Pilot

The idea of a pilot study is to check the research design: test the questions, the length of the survey, the data being collected, and the method by which it is collected.  My first lesson was about paper questionnaires.   intended to have them available because I wanted to ensure no data bias, by giving access to those without internet at work.  I very quickly realised that many – if not all – have internet connection on their devices, and certainly at home.

Although it wasn’t cheap, Survey Monkey questionnaires look great, viewed on all devices and operating systems.  The builder works very well too.  I managed to create the questionnaires just in time before a busy period at work.  I was also fortunate with the translation to Arabic which was done and checked by kind colleagues.  A few minor edits and I was live at the beginning of October.During the past four weeks, I posted links on my social media accounts and sent emails out to friends and family.  I was hoping to achieve 50 or so responses.  I am thrilled to have received more than double that.

The exercise of analysing these responses should also shed some light on any changes I need to make before I start my empirical work at the end of the year.

Chapter One

From everything I read and everyone I speak with, this is the chapter that is written last. My supervisor agrees but has asked for it to be the first thing I do in order to set the scene for my research. I agree and it was in my plan for delivery sometime now. It will be a draft – and a weak one at that – but the idea is to ensure I’m starting off on the right foot. I’m meeting my supervisors on Monday and am writing this post instead of writing my chapter which I need to send by tomorrow (or Sunday at the latest). Oh and I’m also watching Wimbledon (Murray vs Tsonga) and am running the British10k in London Sunday morning. Madness!

Update: Miracles are possible… First British man since Fred Perry (1938) has made it to the Wimbledon final.