Survey Systems

Written by Sierra Rein
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Survey systems have become the most effective way to arrive at a conclusion regarding general views about a specific issue, product, person or service. They are often used in political arenas to project the results of upcoming elections. They are also applied to group meetings of past customers in an attempt to understand how products have been used and what improvements can be made in the future.

Survey Systems as a Part of Business

Many times employers will utilize survey equipment to gauge the opinions of employees throughout the year. These survey systems can focus on questions regarding pay rates, safety issues, opinions on sex discrimination, and how well they think their department is being run. In these cases, the survey is likely to be performed anonymously so all employees are encouraged to offer their opinions without any fear or being fired for honestly negative answers.

The best survey systems can incorporate a variety of question options, from true/false-yes/no questions to multiple choice and X-Y mapping. Other options may include the Linkert Scale (whether or not a person strongly agrees or disagrees and the varying degrees within these limits), priority ranking (in order of importance or interest), and demographic comparisons (inputting age ranges, gender, race, and department numbers).

Fortunately for modern audiences, most survey systems are extremely easy to use and utilize a combination of a collection of wireless handheld keypads and a receiving unit (which usually consists of an antenna, computer and specialized software). A data projector can be used to transfer the results of each answered question onto a computer screen (viewed only by the moderator) or projected onto a public screen for all to see. These systems can be rented through a polling equipment service or purchased as a "turn-key" set and installed into a meeting place permanently.

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