Monday, December 1, 2008

SurveyMonkey

Here at the Snelling Center we are getting a lot of mileage out of an online tool called SurveyMonkey. I thought I'd post a little note about it in case any of you haven't heard of it yet.

SurveyMonkey is a wonderful thing. You can write your own survey and then email the link around. We do this a lot when we want to get feedback about a program, get input on a public policy issue, or even just ask one little yes/no question. It's far easier than getting lots of emails back and sorting through them by hand. SurveyMonkey will tally the results for you and make it very easy to get the answers you were looking for.

Recently, the Snelling Center hosted a conference on repairing Vermont Roads and Bridges, then followed it with a SurveyMonkey survey that gleaned over 400 responses! Not bad... You can learn more about this important public policy work and read the report here: http://www.snellingcenter.org/vermontroadsandbridges/

3 comments:

Steve Ames said...

Hi Karyn!

We've been using Google Docs for surveys recently. They look the same as surveymoneky's, but hve two remarkable differences. First, they're free... second they populate a spreadsheet, so you can report out the data differently than SM's reports. We also register all our students that way... they fill in on line forms, and it populates our registration database.

Karyn Vogel said...

Hi Steve,

This is great! I haven't used the google survey tool yet but now that I know you are using it and like it and it's FREE...I will investigate.

Thank you! How cool that you use it to populate your database. I guess that is the way things are supposed to work, right?

Harrison said...

Be sure you check out Zoomerang as well. They also offer free accounts in addition to great discounts for those of us that are non-profit (I think for educators too).