Types of Questionnaires for Research

Questionnaires are the tools of zipping down the unsolved issues of the research. Juggling up with the questions results into all the possible upshots of the raised concern. Obviously, akin questions cannot make your purpose fruitful, thus a variety of sets of questions are necessary to serve the purpose. Questions are definitely set according to the topic of the research and the kind of research expected to be done. Thus, various kinds of questionnaires designed for research are as follows –

  • Structured questions – A systematic set of question is designed to solve any sort of query. Such questions are formally designed and are direct in nature. Structured questions are designed for social, administrative and economic issues.
  • Unstructured questions – Such set of questions are not pre-formed and are set at the time of interviews and for solving personal issues.

Depending on the nature of the questionnaires they may be divided as –

  • Open ended questions – These questions are free for any sort of reply and ideas of the respondents. Any format of the response is not designed and such questions are free from any quandary.
  • Closed ended questions – These questions are subjected to be to the point and expect objective replies as ‘Yes’ or ‘No’, ‘true’ or ‘false’ and so on……..Respondents cannot state their own views and judgments in such type of questions. Such questions are also known as Likert questions.
  • Mixed questions – Such questions are designed in both the format of open and closed ended and are set for social research mainly.
  • Pictorial questions – Such questions are rarely designed and are set with the help of pictures. These questions are set of social attitudes and to remove the narrow-mindedness in the children.
  • Rating scale questions – As per the name defines such questions are set with an aim to get only ranking response to 1, 2, 3, 4 …….or good, fair, poor and very poor.

Therefore, aforesaid types of questionnaires are essential for solving any sort of research issue.