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Creating Surveys


STEP 5: Analyzing Your Data

After you have collected the completed surveys, it is time to analyze the data. Data can be analyzed by entering it into an Excel sheet and computing your numbers or by using a statistical software program. Getting volunteers on board is a great way to save your organization time and resources during this stage.

Note: If someone has not responded to a question it is often assumed they would answer as others have. However this is not always the case and assumptions cannot be made from a non-respondent. Only consider information that has been actually answered.

Web-based survey sites

A number of web survey sites are now offered at varying prices. These sites allow you to develop the survey (including on-line surveys), input your data and analyze your data. Depending on the costs, you can get different levels of analysis. Here is a list of a few online sites:

$19.95 per month and includes up to 1000 responses per month. CAUTION: We were told that if you miss a payment you could lose all your data, so either pay ahead or keep a back-up copy.

PollCat Survey Lite & Pro are free and give you:
• an easy-to-use survey authoring tool that works in any browser;
• a unique URL (link) for your survey;
• periodic response tally notification reports via email;
• instant access to report responses, tallies and graphs over the web;
• management tools for all of your published and unpublished surveys.

For more features, such as more time to keep your survey up and greater capabilities, the price goes up (starting at $9.95).

Free version for individuals and personal use has these features and limitations:
• ask up to 30 questions per survey
• utilize multiple pages
• create survey questions and answers in almost any language
• reporting on a maximum of 100 responses per survey
• survey data stored for only 10 days after survey launch
• limited analysis capability

Or subscribe for $599 for 12 months and create an unlimited number of surveys and collect up to 10,000 responses across all surveys in the subscription period.

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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