Canvasser

It's time to conduct your poll. Hopefully all the hard work you have put in so far will start to seem worth it. You should have a good idea of how to administer your poll from the pollster (phase 1) link. Here is some more advice for each canvassing strategy.

Telephone Poll: It is important to leave yourself at least one week to complete this type of poll. Prior to making any calls, determine whom in the household you will talk to: eldest female/male, eldest child, first person on phone, etc. Once this has been determined, stick with it! If you change whom you talk to at this point, you have ruined your random sample.

Place your phone calls at a time when it would be likely that your target would be home. Early evening would be best. Try not to disturb anyone's dinner. If the person you are looking for is not there, try again another time.

Be sure not to ask questions or list choices in a way that would influence responses. Be sure you have a good way to record responses from the people you have called so that compiling the data will be easy later on.

On Location Poll: The location, of course, is your school. If you choose this method, it is best to use a questionnaire. This will allow for quick tabulation later on. Also, there will be no bias or influence exerted. You should write the names of the people to be polled on the questionnaires before the poll begins. This will insure that the right people are polled and are polled only once. Also, be sure that the people who were chosen take the poll seriously.

If the questionnaire method won't work for you, follow the method for the phone poll.

Once you have conducted your poll, return to the main webquest page by clicking here.