6. What about safety?
Questions regarding working conditions,
immigration status, and violence in the home can have
serious repercussions for the person answering the survey.
Your group will need to be as
sensitive as possible to the privacy of the people who
have volunteered to answer your survey.You
may also consider where you choose to ask the survey questions.
Surveys of working conditions may be done best away from
worksites, for example at community centers, grocery stores
or outside places of worship. Surveys of home-life conditions
should also be asked away from the home, with the confidentiality
The safety of the interviewers must also be
a high priority. If you are taking the survey door-to-door
or to less-populated places, you should have interviewers
travel in pairs and be familiar with the neighborhood they
are in or have maps of the area.