The Importance of Pilot Studies.

van Teijlingen, E. and Hundley, V., 2001. The Importance of Pilot Studies. Social Research Update (35), pp. 1-4.

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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.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:Social Sciences > Education
Social Sciences > Sociology
Social Sciences > Economics
Social Sciences > Social Work
Technology > Medicine and Health
Group:School of Health and Social Care
ID Code:10149
Deposited By:Prof Edwin van Teijlingen
Deposited On:05 Jul 2009 20:50
Last Modified:07 Mar 2013 15:09

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