Pilot survey

A survey conducted on a small scale to ascertain the various dimensions of a research problem faced by a company. Many times the problems faced are not clear and they require some exploratory research to clarify the decision situation. Under these conditions the company or researcher conducts pilot survey. This is also done when the researcher wants to refine the questionnaire before using it in a larger survey. This will enable the researcher to find out the weakness of the questionnaire before it is being administered on a larger group of respondents.