CoM.2: Expert Interviews

CoM.2: Expert Interviews

Questionnaires or surveys allow gathering information from a larger sample and without physical presence. Depending on their design, they allow for collecting qualitative or quantitative information. In FenRIAM questionnaires or surveys can be used for example in order to gather information about regional R&D performing companies and institutes that is otherwise not readily available, such as their involvement in networking and collaboration, their interest in the planned RI, their human resources dedicated to R&D, or their innovation capacity. Questionnaires and surveys serve also to collect information about possible impacts for case studies of reference facilities.

Questionnaires/surveys are similar to interviews. They also serve the purpose of collecting information from a certain sample of a population. As no physical presence of the investigator at the location of the sample is required, this method may save expenses and time. Questionnaires can be conducted by print-material, electronically or even online with feeding responses directly into a data base. Response rates depend on several factors, e.g. former personal contact with the potential respondent. Questions can be open or closed, with response options on different scale levels (e.g. yes/no, ordinal scales from 1 to 5, estimation of percentages, etc.) or even in a pre-defined format like lists of competing RIs.


  • Define the topics of interest
  • Identify the target group and decide how to address potential respondents
  • Design the questionnaire
  • Send out questionnaires or the invitation to participate with a link to the questionnaire/survey
  • Store responses
  • Analyse responses and prepare a written report

Data sources (examples, not complete):

  • Stakeholder groups of a (future) RI
  • Certain groups in the community of interest (e.g. environmental groups, educational staff, cultural institutions)
  • Scientific and technical experts from the concerned external communities (e.g. users, suppliers, collaborators, customers


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