How To: Create a Survey About an Important Issue
Not only can surveys be very powerful, but they can also increase awareness about a cause you care about. Your survey results can give you information about what people think and believe about specific issues/topics.
- Choose a topic you think people should know about. Be sure you know what information you want to gather from the survey.
- Check out sample surveys to help you make an awesome one.
- Questionnaires and interviews are two surveys to choose from.
|Type of Survey||Questionnaires||Interviews|
|Explanation and examples.||Specific questions with a choice of answers. Example:|
Should animals be tested on?
|Less specific questions that allow people to respond freely. Example:|
- Do you think animals should be tested on?
- Are there any benefits from it?
- On a scale from 1-10, how against animal testing are you?
|Why it is good|
- Can be handed out and collected later.
- It doesn’t need a lot of people to do.
- Easy to summarize.
- Involves people more.
- Allows range of answers to be recorded.
- Insures responses on all surveys taken.
|Why it is not so good|
- People might fill it out as a joke.
- Questions might be confusing (and people won’t fill it out)
- Takes more people and time.
- Harder to summarize general responses.
- Get friends, classmates, teachers, or even parents to help you create and get results for your survey.
- Here are some tips on creating the survey:
- Keep the survey as short as possible, asking only those questions that will provide the information you need.
- Use a casual, conversational style, making the questions easy for almost anyone to understand.
- Use multiple-choice questions whenever possible.
- Structure the survey so that the questions follow a logical order – i.e. from general to specific.
- Start with information about who is taking the survey. Example:
- Describe yourself: Teacher – Student – Staff -- Other
- If you answered student, what grade are you in: 5-7 8-10 11-12
- There are various types of questions you can use:
- Multiple choice questions with 3 to 5 possible answers given.
- Ranking scale questions.
- Before you go live, test the survey on a few people to determine if your questions were easily understood and easy to answer.
- Distribute your survey in school or in your community. Get the results and summarize them in one page. Bring your survey to a school board or town hall meeting (depending on what your survey is about) and share your results with people there.
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