Help me counterbalance 200 questionnaires!
January 8, 2012 9:05 AM Subscribe
How can I effectively (and efficiently) counterbalance the questions for 200 questionnaires?
posted by whalebreath to Education (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
As part of my honours thesis I am distributing 200 paper questionnaires to some intro psych students. There are around 8 questions on the questionnaire.
I need to counterbalance the questions to ensure that any effect that I find wasn't a result of the order of the questions.
My prof (who is kind of old school) gave me an old counter-balancing numbers table, a page of numbers that allows you to choose random numbers. He suggested I number the questions, and then go through each questionnaire individually, copying and pasting the questions so that all 200 questionnaires become counterbalanced. THis seems extremely time consuming and old fashioned! There has got to be a better way.
I am willing to pay for the software needed to do this electronically if it's available. The problem is that these questionnaires are going to be given in hard copy, not electronically, so I can't use survey monkey or any other online resource that would allow me to counterbalance that way. I need to produce 200, counterbalanced hard copies of this questionnaire.
Is there any better way to do this than by hand? Right now the questionnaire is in microsoft word, the questions are only a couple of sentences long each, and the response is a 5 point likert scale.