The Importance of Pilot Studies

This source preferred by Vanora Hundley and Edwin van Teijlingen

Authors: van Teijlingen, E. and Hundley, V.

Journal: Social Research Update

Pages: 1-4

ISSN: 1360-7898

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.

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