They think they don’t have the time or resources for it, and so they end up just running the survey without any testing. Even testing with one person is better than no testing at all.So if you don’t have the time or resources to do everything in this guide, just do as much as you can with what you have available.
Enter the completed surveys into the database that you plan to use and then test the analysis that you plan to perform.
Assuming that the survey was pretested, piloting will normally identify practical problems with implementation, rather than problems with the survey design.
The size of the pilot sample depends on how big your actual sample is, and how many data collectors you have.
For a typical baseline or endline survey a sample of around 30-50 people is usually enough to identify any major bugs in the system.
It’s important to test your survey questionnaire before using it to collect data.
Pretesting and piloting can help you identify questions that don’t make sense to participants, or problems with the questionnaire that might lead to biased answers.
As a general rule, you should aim to pretest all your surveys and forms with at least 5 people.
Even with this small number of people you’ll be surprised how many improvements you can make.
Each time they read and answer a question they should tell you exactly what comes into their mind. You should also observe them completing the survey.
Look for places where they hesitate or make mistakes, such as the example below.