To minimize potential risks of harm, a researcher conducting an on-line survey can:
- A) Design the survey so that no direct or indirect identifiers are collected.
- B) Collect indirect identifiers.
- C) Collect direct identifiers.
A: Design the survey so that no direct or indirect identifiers are collected.
An online survey is a method used for data collection. It is a most widely used method for data collection in which a sample of a population is provided with questions either in groups or single, and the people of that population give their responses to the questions asked in a question paper. These surveys can be conducted through websites or emails.
An online survey is used to analyze a particular topic or niche.
Different organisations can also use the online survey to get feedback or insight about change in various marketing strategies of that particular organization. Through an online survey, they can bring improvement in their products, feature or services etc.
As in an online survey, a sample of the population is under study, it is mandatory to keep their privacy and sensitive information such as names, address, and mail id etc. otherwise, people will not be willing to participate in the survey. Therefore, researchers can’t use direct and indirect identifiers while conducting an online survey. Thus, option B and C are incorrect.
So, to minimize the potential risks of harm, a researcher conducting an on-line survey can design the survey so without incorporating direct or indirect identifiers. Therefore, the correct answer in this situation is A.
Although it is an excellent source of gathering information, still the researchers need to ensure the confidentiality and privacy of the participants. While conducting an online survey or research, the researchers need to minimize the risk to the personal data of the population under study by not incorporating the direct and indirect identifiers of the populace.