Online survey tools #7 Blog
Often funders require input from the stakeholders. One of the quickest ways to gather feed back is through an electronic survey. The one I am most familiar with is Survey Monkey, which can be used for free for less than 10 questions and 100 responses. The plans go up in costs but include downloading into Excel, SPSS and HIPAA compliant features as you move up in plans. Others include Google, this blog provides an easy step by step guide.
The advantages to online surveys are that they are cheap, simple and fast. You can quickly see responses being collected and analysis occurring in real time. However, the pitfalls are sometimes low response rates, sampling errors and/or technology issues. The key to a high response rate is making a human connection and that the survey has a purpose. The stakeholders must feel like their input is valued.
The tailor design approach uses multiple motivational features to encourage high quality of response to the researcher’s request (Dillman, Smyth, & Christian, 2009). The data collection design method is based on the perspective of human behavior, which suggests that respondents are more likely to participate if they trust that the expected awards will be beneficial and relevant. The tailor design method is based on three fundamental considerations: 1) reducing the four sources of survey error (coverage, sampling, non-response, and measurement); 2) developing a set of survey procedures that build on and support response of the survey; and 3) building a positive social exchange to build trust.
Surveys are a valuable tool to collect data on what your stakeholders need. For the grant writer, surveys provide data that help create competitive grant applications. If people feel that the survey has purpose, they often will respond at higher rates. The key is to build trust that show that people’s opinions matter and are appreciated.
Dillman, D. A., Smyth, J. D., & Christian, L. M. (2009). The tailored design. Internet, mail, and mixed-mode surveys (3rd ed., pp. 15-40). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.