The importance of a detailed research proposal being agreed and confirmed in writing in the commissioning letter has already been emphasized. Since this commissioning letter contained the agreed specification for the research, it can be used to check that the research was to specification. The technical aspects of the survey should be checked: sample, definition, method of selection, size, interviewing method, organization, questionnaires, data handling procedures, and so on. Are the tabulations as agreed, with the correct number of tables and the correct cross-tabulations? Is the report as agreed, with the number of copies required?
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