A mistake often made by both professional and do-it-yourself researchers is letting a survey sit in the field without actively monitoring it. Once we design a survey and put it out there for people to respond, we just wait patiently (or get busy on another project) until we have data for analysis, right? But collecting data is never straightforward. It nearly always requires daily adjustments and decisions from the most senior members of a research team.
So at Versta Research, all fieldwork we conduct or oversee requires a daily and detailed fieldwork report that gives us visibility into all kinds of technical and conceptual issues that might affect the quality and outcomes of research. Figure 1 shows an example of a report; nothing fancy, but full of crucial data. As we review these reports, we watch for several warning signs and intervene where needed: