Sex and gender

Some questions appear simple but are actually surprisingly complex. We’ve looked at ‘Name’ before, now we turn to ‘Sex’, also sometimes interchangeably — but incorrectly — known as ‘Gender’.

In this post we’ll peel back the layers and look at just which piece of information you need, and how to ask for it.

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Closed question response categories

Most forms contain at least one question for which respondents must choose one or more options from a predefined set. These predefined options are the closed question response categories.

In this article, we’re going to unpick what makes a good (or not so good) set of response categories, culminating with a simple-to-use checklist.

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