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Innovative WSU approach ignites survey industry, earns national award

Don DillmanBy Alyssa Patrick, Office of Research

PULLMAN, Wash. – WSU researchers will receive a national award for designing a new survey method that is now used in censuses around the world. » More …

Highly cited sociologist receives national career award

Don-DillmanPULLMAN, Wash. – Don Dillman, who is among Washington State University’s most cited researchers, has won a national award for a career of distinguished contributions to the field of sociological methodology. » More …

Dillman named associate of National Research Council

Don-DillmanPULLMAN, Wash. – Don Dillman has been named a national associate of the National Research Council, the operating arm of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. » More …

Insights on asking better survey questions

Suppose you want to find out what your students think about your course; maybe not the content, so much, but how you’re teaching it. It sounds simple enough, but even the simplest of surveys requires forethought.“Writing good questions is not easy,” warns Don Dillman, WSU Regents Professor and expert in survey methodology.“The first thing I usually suggest to people is to keep questions short and simple,” Dillman said. “Sometimes people use several sentences when one sentence will do.”“I always ask myself for each question in a survey, ‘Will it make sense to the respondent?’ ” he said. “If it doesn’t make sense to them, it … » More …