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Creating Surveys


"Developing A Downtown Survey: Basic Principles of Good Surveys" (

Trochim, William M. The Research Methods Knowledge Base (, version current as of June 7. 2004.


The following is a list of popular education and participatory research resources that we recommend:

Center for Popular Education & Participatory Research
CPEPR is a student-initiated center at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education. CPEPR's mission is to promote and support popular education and participatory research in order to strengthen the participation of everyday people—especially the poor, youth, immigrants, and people of color—in efforts for social justice. They offer support and post community research projects for graduate students to assist in.

Highlander Research and Education Center
The Highlander Center was founded in 1932 to serve as an adult education center for community workers involved in social and economic justice movements. The goal of Highlander was and is to provide education and support to poor and working people fighting economic injustice, poverty, prejudice, and environmental destruction. They help grassroots leaders create the tools necessary for building broad-based movements for change. Highlander has many books and other resources on popular education available in their library. See their website for more information.

Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty and Genocide
Project South: Institute for the Elimination of Poverty & Genocide is a broad-based community-driven membership organization that develops and conducts popular political and economic education and action research for organizing and liberation. They develop indigenous popular educators and movement leaders from grassroots and scholar-activist backgrounds, bringing them together on the basis of equality to engage in building a bottom-up movement for social and economic justice. They provide popular education workshop curricula on a number of different topics.

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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