Spring is in the air! The grass is greener, trees are sprouting leaves and the flowers are beginning to bloom. For some, the season marks a time of new beginnings, but to others, it’s the start of cut grass and intense pollen. In 2015, 8.2% of American adults were diagnosed with hay fever, an allergy most commonly caused by pollen or dust, resulting in symptoms such as a runny nose, itchy eyes, scratchy throat and coughing. And in 2010, 11.1 million visits to a physician’s office resulted in a primary diagnosis of hay fever.
Survey design in research is something that has generally evolved rather than proactively developed with questions phrased in the language of research and designed solely to answer the researcher’s query. What we tend to forget is whether anyone actually wants to read that question, let alone whether it’s engaging enough to make someone want to answer it.