School Survey, College Survey, University Survey
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Who should you survey in school surveys?
How can students be surveyed?
There are many types of online surveys that can be conducted with students.
How can the faculty and professors be consulted in school surveys?
There are many types of online surveys that can be conducted with the faculty.
How can student parents be consulted in school surveys?
There are many types of online surveys that can be conducted with the parents of students.
How often should school surveys be conducted
Depending on the type of survey, the survey should be conducted once or twice a year in order to see if there is a trend or a progression. For surveys such as a School Climate Survey and a School Nutrition Survey, it might be preferable to conduct the survey once at the beginning of the school year and once at the end of the school year. That ensures that the same students and teachers respond to the survey on both occasions. It is easier to spot trends when the participants responding to the survey are the same.
Interceptum allows you to copy an existing survey and all its questions. A new set of data can then be gathered for each period in which the survey is conducted.
Have a printed copy of the survey available
A print copy of the survey is especially important for parent surveys. Not all parents have a computer or access to the Internet. In an effort to reduce costs, you should strongly encourage parents to complete the survey online. One good way of doing this is offering prizes.
With Interceptum, you can print out a paper copy of your survey and mail it home or send it home with the students. Your staff can then use the completed paper copy to enter the results via our web site. The results will then be included with the results collected online.
When conducting surveys with students and parents, it is important not to raise expectations too high. If you raise certain points, they will expect you to act on them. If you fail to act, they will think your organisation lacks consideration towards them. Furthermore, any future attempt to consult them will be met with cynicism.
Preserve the confidentiality of individual responses in school surveys
Students and teachers rarely feel comfortable criticizing their school, teacher, or employer. If you provide them with the guaranty that their answers will remain confidential, it will increase their level of comfort and they will answer more truthfully. Obtaining complete and accurate information is paramount. If you get misleading information because they do not feel comfortable when answering the survey, you might take no corrective actions (no one complained), or take action on more benign issues because no one raised the more important and controversial issues.
As an example, a survey on bullying in the school or work place harassment should be conducted in a way that guarantees anonymity to students and teachers. Because these issues are so sensitive, you will only get accurate information by providing anonymity.
Preserving confidentiality for students and teachers is generally accomplished by mandating an independent third party such as Interceptum to conduct the online survey and compile the results. You can draft your own questionnaire, and ask us to collect the data on your behalf. We will provide aggregate results which cannot be traced to individual participants.
Increase the response rate in school surveys
For most student and teacher surveys, the key factor that will increase participation is your ability to communicate the importance of the survey to your students and teachers . You have to let them know you are doing this to improve the quality of their school.
Keeping the survey within a reasonable length will also help the participation rate. If the survey is too long, you run the risk that participants will abandon it mid-way through. Preferably, the online survey platform you use should offer the option of letting participants save their work and come back to it later. Interceptum offers such a feature.
Another way to boost the participation rate is to give incentives or prizes: diner for two, money, gift certificates, tickets to shows, electronic equipment, etc.
Provide all the aggregate statistical results to students and teachers. When providing samples of comments, do not only select the positive comments and leave negative ones out. The absence of negative comments reflects poorly on the credibility of the results.
If you gave prizes, makes sure you inform all students and teachers of who won the prizes.
Follow up with an action plan
When appropriate, set out a follow-up time-frame that includes when the results will be made available and when the action plan will be presented. If possible, the action plan should also include time-lines. Remember that once you have raised issues, students and teachers will expect concrete action within a reasonable time-frame. Failing to deliver can cause further frustration.
Creating your Student, Teacher, or Parent school surveys with Interceptum
If your survey deals with sensitive subjects, we recommend that you mandate Interceptum to administer the survey for you. You can draft your own questionnaire that we will review. We will create the online version, send invitations to participants, and compile results for you. That way you can guarantee anonymity and obtain accurate results for your sensitive subjects.
The Interceptum online survey platform offers a wide selection of features to create student, teacher, or parent surveys. You will find all the necessary information to create and deploy your survey with Interceptum on our web site.
Schools can use an online school survey to obtain information that is critical to their success. Ideally, these online school surveys should be conducted on a regular basis in order to monitor progress and the impact of any changes you may have made based on the results of earlier surveys.