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When creating a survey, how do you know what questions to ask?

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You first need to identify what information you can actually use. Think about:


  • What do you want to know about your program?

  • What do your stakeholders want to know about your program?

  • How are you and your stakeholders going to use the data you collect?

Answering these questions should help you avoid collecting information just because it sounds good or you've always done it. Moreover, thinking about what you will do with the data should also help you decide how to frame your questions and when they should be asked.

Click here for a handout that provides an overview of different types of questions and how they might be used.

If you need help figuring out what information you want to collect or making sense of the data, please ask me (mered025@umn.edu).

-Whitney Meredith, evaluation specialist

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