Survey Research

POLICY, GUIDELINES

Surveys can be powerful tools for collecting information related to CCP students, faculty, and staff. However, with an increasing demand for survey data comes a need to regulate the survey process. All institutional surveys must be reviewed by the Office of Institutional Research (see policy for details and exceptions).

To submit your survey for review or to request assistance, please complete and submit the CCP Survey Registration Form no fewer than 30 days prior to planned implementation. Upon review, your project will be added to the Institutional Survey Calendar.

We encourage those wishing to survey students to first consider whether or not a survey is the most effective tool for gathering information.

The complete CCP Survey Policy can be found here.

CCP Survey Registration Form  CCP Survey Calendar

CONSULTATION, QUICK TIPS

The Office of Institutional Research makes itself available to consult on survey design and distribution as time permits. Please contact the office if you would like to schedule an appointment to discuss your survey project. In general, we recommend following these guidelines as a start to crafting a strong survey.

  • Know your research question. A strong survey begins by distilling your project into a single, strong research question. A good research question is neither too broad nor too specific, and will likely make the job of creating content easier.
  • Keep it as short as possible. Consider the amount of time that you would be willing to devote to an unsolicited survey that appeared in your inbox. As a general rule, survey responses and data quality suffer as surveys increase in length. The IR office typically recommends that a survey take no longer than 5 minutes to complete. A 1-3 minute-long survey is ideal.
  • Keep your questions simple. Brevity is a virtue! Use as few words as possible when constructing a survey item. Normally, the shorter the survey item, the clearer it is to readers and can therefore yield higher quality responses.
  • Distribute your survey to a targeted population. It is not necessary to survey every member of a population when responses from a subset of that population would reflect the larger group.