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Creating Surveys


In the cycle of building, running and evaluating a campaign there are many types of research methods you will probably use, including library research, oral histories, and observation. Creating a survey is one great way to gather information as a part of your campaign strategy.

Community surveys can be used at all stages of a social justice campaign. For example, when your group is in the early stages of a new campaign and you are doing community investigation, a survey is helpful to find out what issues the community identifies as being important.

Other ways surveys have been used by community groups include:

  • to identify the issue they will work on
  • to gather information on a specific part of the issue
  • to document working conditions
  • to record the effects of pollutants on the local community
  • to evaluate how their campaign impacted the community

When you do a survey, you can get a large amount of information from a broad range of people, use the responses to back up your campaign and involve your community in the research process all at the same time!

A project of the DataCenter's Economic Justice Program, May 2004.

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Surveys to Support Campaigns

Survey Planning:

1. Why survey?
2. Time & Resources
3. Type of Survey
4. How many surveys?
5. Language
6. Safety
7. Reaching respondants

Creating Surveys:
1: Create Info List
2: Design Survey
3: Test Survey
4: Train Interviewers
5: Analyze Data

Evaluating the Survey Process

Sources & Resources

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