SurveyPolice Pick-a-Perk now offers the option of searching our survey panel database for survey sites who offer diary surveys. These special studies typically span a few days or weeks and as they typically offer higher compensation, are in high demand by survey takers.
Although we’ve written previously about survey diaries, for those of you unfamiliar with how these studies work, here’s a brief review.
What a diary survey is
As the name implies, diary surveys are used to observe changes in behavior, attitudes, and feelings over time (hence why they may also go by the name, ‘time diary’). Normally surveys are completed on a one-off basis, whereas survey diaries can span multiple intervals throughout the same day, or can span a few days, weeks, or even months.
If a diary spans a long period of time, it will typically be pretty short in nature, and may ask the same simple questions every day or week. An example might be, ‘How long did you sleep for last night?’, ‘Who will you vote for in the next election?’, ‘What did you buy yesterday?’, etc.
Survey diaries then, allow researchers to collect deeper insights into people’s behaviors – especially ones that are subject to change day-to-day.
How they’re completed
Most survey panels who offer survey diaries will have you log in to your survey panel account, which is where the survey diary will be located. You may be given a window of time in which the diary needs to be completed daily. For convenience, sometimes a special diary app is offered so that you can answer the questions straight from your phone.
Because of a survey diary’s unique nature, there are several participation benefits:
- Because participation requires a longer time commitment, compensation is typically higher than for regular surveys.
- Sometimes survey diaries are combined with product tests; you may be asked how you interacted with a product over a period of time, and at the end of the study, you may even get to keep the product!
- Finding a diary study to participate in means that you’ll have regular survey work for the duration of the study.
Finding a survey diary
If you’re interested in participating in your first survey diary, or already like them and want to participate in more, seek survey panels who specifically offer diaries as a research option. And now, finding them has never been easier. Simply use SurveyPolice Pick-a-Perk to find the very sites who offer survey diary studies.