Survey - Detailed presentation of the tool

This website provides detailed information on what a survey is, why and when it is used, and how it can be performed.

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  • Definition
    • What is a survey?
    • Where does this tool come from?
  • Why and when is a survey used?
    • When and how should a survey be used?
    • What are the pre-conditions for its use in evaluation?
    • What is the role of the survey in evaluation?
    • Why is the survey used in country evaluations?
  • How is a survey carried out?
    • How is a questionnaire developed?
    • How are desk-based survey techniques carried out?
    • How are samples designed?
    • How is the pilot questionnaire conducted?
    • How is the survey implemented?
    • How are the findings analysed and treated?
  • How is the quality of the survey controlled?
    • What are the different stages of quality control?
    • What are the key issues to control?
  • Glossary 
  • Examples 


European Commission (2005) Survey. A detailed presentation of the tool. Europe Aid Co-operation Office, European Commission. Located at

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