Post by Nick Leverton
My best ever beloved is on the final module of her psychology degree,
and urgently needs participants who are willing to fill in a survey on
"Attitudes towards a harm reduction response to drug use in the UK". The
survey is anonymous and all questions are voluntary. It should take
about ten minutes to complete, depending on thinking time.
The purpose of the survey is not to reveal public opinion, but to allow
the student to prove statistical analytical skills as part of her degree
in developing a new scale of measurement on this topic. So she needs a
few hundred participants to get reliable results. Please feel free to
share further amongst people of all opinions and walks of life.
The survey can be found at
Thankyou very much to everyone so far ! :) If I can do a portmanteau
answer rather than following up individually to the many well made points,
Yes some of the questions are a bit laboured but it was necessary for each
of them to be backed up by evidence, one way or another. Every question
has at least one reference paper behind it. For some topics of the
analysis it seemed hard to find suitably backed-up statements in everyday
language. There were still many more that Mandi had to leave out.
Some of the questions are similar, true, but they attempt to address
different aspects from the range of policies under study. More time
might have allowed better phrasing and a better balance of left-of-page
answers vs right-of-page ones.
We are very grateful to everyone who feels able to submit a survey.
She should need almost a thousand responses minimum (ten per question),
but to for the analysis to be basically valid five answers per question
will give a sufficient measure on the various statistical tests that
have to be done (sphericity and variance and all the other ones I can't
remember - she is way ahead of me on this :-) ).
We think the survey suffered a bit in the editing between pilot and
live version. It seems both tutor and student may have been changing
it at the same time. Also in some places the tutor's spell checker had
different opinions on the correct wording from the student's intent.
I completed the pilot study which did not have the errors of English !
We both agree that the module did not leave enough time to prepare a
first class survey, but then again hurry and lack of time for the work
has been the theme for this module throughout, even compared to other
Level 3 Hons modules. I am so proud that my beloved has persevered when
so many others on her module have dropped out citing unrealistic workload.
Last I heard she is about half way to getting statistically reliable
results for the final assignment, so both Mandi and I really appreciate
everyone's effort and will be very pleased if anyone else can join in.
I think she plans to leave the survey open until mid week.
But remember all questions are voluntary (except I think Gender which,
in the course template, has a "prefer not" option). So just skip any
that affect your will to live ;)
Thanks again from us both,
"The Internet, a sort of ersatz counterfeit of real life"
-- Janet Street-Porter, BBC2, 19th March 1996