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The importance of pilot studies

By Edwin R. van Teijlingen and Vanora Hundley

Abstract

The term 'pilot studies' refers to mini versions of a full-scale study (also called 'feasibility' studies), as well as the specific pre-testing of a particular research instrument such as a questionnaire or interview schedule. Pilot studies are a crucial element of a good study design. Conducting a pilot study does not guarantee success in the main study, but it does increase the likelihood. Pilot studies fulfil a range of important functions and can provide valuable insights for other researchers. There is a need for more discussion amongst researchers of both the process and outcomes of pilot studies

Topics: Pre-testing, survey research, feasibility study
Publisher: Department of Sociology, University of Surrey
Year: 2001
OAI identifier: oai:aura.abdn.ac.uk:2164/157
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