Difference between Questionnaires and Schedules
When you work with questionnaires and schedules, you will observe that there are several similarities between the two. However, there are prominent differences also, which are as follows:
- In most cases, the interviewer mails the interviewee a questionnaire, which is filled out by the interviewee. In contrast, the interviewer fills out a schedule at the time of the interview.
- Questionnaires are more cost-effective than schedules since only the preparation and mailing of the schedules are required. Extra money is spent on training interviewers and appointing them as interviewers in the schedule method.
- A questionnaire typically receives a low response rate since many people fail to respond. Meanwhile, schedules have a higher response since they are filled in by the interviewer at the time of the interview.
- Questionnaires do not always identify the respondent, whereas schedules identify the interviewee or respondent.
- Respondents may not return the questionnaire on time if they use the questionnaire method. Scheduling method does not present such problems since the schedule is filled at the time of the interview.
- Questionnaires do not allow personal contact with respondents, whereas schedules do.
- While the questionnaire method can be useful only for literate respondents, the schedule method does not require a literate interviewee.
- Questionnaires are more likely to collect incomplete and incorrect information, while schedules collect complete and accurate data.