The importance of pilot studies

Edwin Roland Van Teijlingen, Vanora Hundley

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


The term 'pilot studies' refers to mini versions of a full-scale study (also called 'feasibility' studies), as well as the specific pre-testing of a particular research instrument such as a questionnaire or interview schedule. Pilot studies are a crucial element of a good study design. Conducting a pilot study does not guarantee success in the main study, but it does increase the likelihood. Pilot studies fulfil a range of important functions and can provide valuable insights for other researchers. There is a need for more discussion amongst researchers of both the process and outcomes of pilot studies.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocial Research Update
Issue number35
Publication statusPublished - 2001


Dive into the research topics of 'The importance of pilot studies'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this