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Tae Lim

New York, NY, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Survey Summary

    Communication, Industrial Design

    My previous survey questions were broadly covering whole CCD issue and apiary, however, I thought that it would be better for me to know specific part of this issue in depth. Thus, I revised my questions and sent out questions that were relating to “awareness” of CCD.

    <Previous questionnaires>

    1. Do you know what is Colonial Collapse Disorder (CCD)?
    2. Did you know bees have direct impact on our food chain?
    3. Please list three crops those bees are responsible for pollination.
    4. How do you think about urban apiary?
    5. Would you at least consider raising beehive at your home (If you have garden or rooftop)? Why and why not?

    I sent out my survey to about 40 people (in school and outside of school people). I got 15 responses out of 40.

    <Sent out questionnaires> Do you like honey?

    Yes (13 people: 86.7%) No (2 people: 13.3%)

    Do you like bees? What’s your image of them? (Comment Question)

    14 people answered and 1 person skipped. 2 people have positive opinion about bees. 9 people have negative opinion about them. 3 people were neutral about them.

    Did you know these bees are the one responsible for most of crop pollinations that produces over $40 billion worth of products annually in the United States alone?

    All answered the question. I had no idea (8 people: 53.3%) I had some idea (5 people: 33.3%) I knew it (2 people: 13.3%)

    Did you know these bees are disappearing right now? And already 1/3 of commercial bees are disappeared? (1=low)

    14 people answered and 1 person skipped. 1 (3 people: 21.4%) 2 (4 people: 28.6%) 3 (1 person: 7.1%) 4 (2 people: 14.3%) 5 (4 people: 28.6%)

    If you knew about this problem, where did you find out?

    10 people answered and 5 people skipped. Documentary (3 people: 30%) Magazine (1 person: 10%) Product (0) Other (7 people: 70%): news, radio, assignments, by ear, survey.

    Is this news shocking to hear? (1=low)

    1 (1 person: 6.7%) 2 (4 people: 26.7%) 3 (3 people: 20%) 4 (2 people: 13.3%) 5 (5 people: 33.3%)

    My findings from this survey are that most of people are not aware of CCD or have a little knowledge about it. Also, most of people dislike bees and do not know what they are doing for human life, and yet ironically like products made from them.

  • I'm not sure that conducting a survey of everyday people's opinions about bees is really the best route to take in order to gain information that will help you with your particular project. Conducting a survey that is geared towards scientists or farmers that work specifically with bees, or pollination of crops, and asking them what they know about the problem, then asking them to reveal any thoughts they have about the potential causes of the problem and what they know about current solutions would push you deeper into relevant research.

    In conducting a survey, it is important to tailor both your questions and your target audience (who you choose to survey) to best suit the needs of your particular problem, and assist you in attaining the information you MOST need to gain, thereby giving you meaningful insight into the nature of the problem itself that will lead you towards creating a solution.

    In your case, you still need a clearer definition of the problem itself, and how it came to be.

  • In response to Survey, posted by Bridget Parris,
    in the thread Survey Summary

    Tae, I agree with Bridget that your second set of survey questions are probably too general to provide you with useful information that could help in your effort to focus in on the hypostheses that will drive your design thesis. I am much more interested in knowing the outcome of the first set of questions. did you not get a high enough response rate? what was the concensus on the answer to the final question, where you ask about people's interest in raising their own bees. I think that's a really nice product idea, if you could figure out a way for kids in school to get involved with repopulating dying bee colonies by keeping bees at their house, then maybe "liberating" them into the wild, where they could do their polinating business. I can totally see a really nice science toy-kind of thing. Maybe you could contribute part of the sale price to research about CDD. Are there any existing products on the market like this? Steven

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