ERIC Number: ED190056
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Nov-8
Reference Count: 0
UNISIST Guidelines for the Conduct of User Studies.
Ford, Geoffrey, Ed.
The survey methodology outlined in these guidelines is aimed at helping the professional planner in a developing nation to anticipate user information needs for the population as a whole according to the particular characteristics of his own country. Part of the initial planning and design of a national information system, such a survey must be able to correctly identify the user groups, as well as to discover the particular types of materials and resources that are most suitable and how they could be assembled and organized. Guidelines are provided for two groups of planners. Part A, addressed to policy makers and administrators, is concerned with the analysis of user needs, identification of groups of users, organization of surveys, methods of data collection, and data evaluation. Part B, intended for operating personnel, focuses on similar areas but in more detail, and further considers sampling and response rates, construction of questionnaires, data processing and analysis, and report procedures. Each part includes a list of references and 11 sample questionnaires are appended. (RAA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization, Paris (France).
Authoring Institution: Sheffield Univ. (England).
Identifiers: National Information Systems
Note: Guide prepared at the Centre for User Studies.