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RE: [NARCDC] Online Surveys for Area Plan Development?

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  • Morton, Laura - Ellenton, FL
    Yes, I did that through a free forum and publicized it to our e-newsletter of 600+ people. It definitely served the purpose of providing a medium for public
    Message 1 of 6 , Jul 31, 2008
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      Yes, I did that through a free forum and publicized it to our e-newsletter of 600+ people.  It definitely served the purpose of providing a medium for public input if people did not want to make the time commitment (no meetings or drive time, etc), but we did not receive very much feedback.
       
      I would recommend it for one method, but it seems tough to get feedback and input from almost any method these days (surveys, forums, meetings, focus groups, etc)!!!
       
      Good luck,
      Laura
       
       


      From: NARCDC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:NARCDC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of powles_c
      Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:59 AM
      To: NARCDC@yahoogroups.com
      Subject: [NARCDC] Online Surveys for Area Plan Development?

      Hello from the North Country RC&D! We are interested to know if any
      other RC&D's have used an online survey program as public
      participation for area plan development? Such as Survey Monkey? If
      so, were you satisfied with the results and would you recommend it?

    • Gunn, Randal - Doniphan, NE
      Our RC&D area and the adjoining area partnered with the economic development district that covered most of our two areas to do a joint survey using Survey
      Message 2 of 6 , Jul 31, 2008
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        Our RC&D area and the adjoining area partnered with the economic development district that covered most of our two areas to do a joint survey using Survey Monkey.  Both RC&D’s were beginning the public participation process for our new area plans and the econ. dev. district needed to complete their Comp. Econ. Dev. Strategy (CEDS) on about the same timeline. 

         

        The two RC&D councils & staff along with the same from the econ. dev. dist. formulated the questions used.  Our regional public power district marketing specialist helped by working with the Survey Monkey logistics - posting the survey, question format, etc. - and also tabulated and presented data summaries for the counties comprising each respective RC&D area as well as for the dev. district.  Even better, the dev. district was able to take care of the costs for Survey Monkey (very minimal) and related costs through a planning grant from EDA.

         

        Once the survey was available on Survey Monkey, the link to the site was posted on the dev. district web site and distributed throughout the survey area through normal channels - news releases, newsletters, RC&D mailings, etc.  Paper copies were also made available to those who did not have on-line access or preferred to do hard copies - which were then input by the public power district staff.

         

        All three entities were very satisfied with the responses (about 600+ total) and the usability of Survey Monkey.

         

        If you have questions, let me know.

         

        Randal Gunn

        Coordinator

        South Central NE RC&D

        402-845-6678

         


        From: NARCDC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:NARCDC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of powles_c
        Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:59 AM
        To: NARCDC@yahoogroups.com
        Subject: [NARCDC] Online Surveys for Area Plan Development?

         

        Hello from the North Country RC&D! We are interested to know if any
        other RC&D's have used an online survey program as public
        participation for area plan development? Such as Survey Monkey? If
        so, were you satisfied with the results and would you recommend it?

      • Settle, Roy - Jonesborough, TN
        The Appalachian RC&D has an online survey for our area plan on Surveymonkey.com. In the two weeks it has been online we have received 75 responses generated
        Message 3 of 6 , Aug 1, 2008
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          The Appalachian RC&D has an online survey for our area plan on Surveymonkey.com.  In the two weeks it has been online we have received 75 responses generated directly from emails we sent out that included a clickable link (see below) to the site.  You also have the option to place a link on a web page and we plan to do that shortly and publicize that route via the media.

           

          Depending upon how you set it up you can track responses by county as you go along with much more info.  While you can use the basic service for free, in order to ask the number of questions we wanted and to gather some additional data the Council subscribed for 3 months at a cost of about $60.00.  You can download your results in PDF, Excel and other formats. 

           

          It was fairly simple to set up and generates much more response than hard copies we have distributed.

           

          You can view our survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=Zaa_2f6YhTTgyFQSvkwkzX7w_3d_3d

           

          Thanks and have a good weekend.

           

          Roy Settle Coordinator

          Appalachian RC&D

          Jonesborough, TN

          423-753-4441 x 4

          roy.settle@...

           


          From: NARCDC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:NARCDC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of powles_c
          Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 8:59 AM
          To: NARCDC@yahoogroups.com
          Subject: [NARCDC] Online Surveys for Area Plan Development?

           

          Hello from the North Country RC&D! We are interested to know if any
          other RC&D's have used an online survey program as public
          participation for area plan development? Such as Survey Monkey? If
          so, were you satisfied with the results and would you recommend it?

        • Stockton, Roger - Cambridge, NE
          We used Survey Monkey this spring for such a survey and were satisfied with their service and price. You still have to put a lot of effort into publicizing the
          Message 4 of 6 , Aug 1, 2008
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            We used Survey Monkey this spring for such a survey and were satisfied with their service and price. You still have to put a lot of effort into publicizing the fact that the survey is available and you are wanting thoughtful response from everyone, but we were satisfied.
             

            Roger Stockton, Ph.D.
            SW Nebraska RC&D Coordinator
            611 Paxton, PO. Box 86
            Cambridge, NE 69022
            roger.stockton@...
            308.697.3477, fax .3478

             


            From: NARCDC@yahoogroups.com [mailto:NARCDC@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of powles_c
            Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:59 AM
            To: NARCDC@yahoogroups.com
            Subject: [NARCDC] Online Surveys for Area Plan Development?

            Hello from the North Country RC&D! We are interested to know if any
            other RC&D's have used an online survey program as public
            participation for area plan development? Such as Survey Monkey? If
            so, were you satisfied with the results and would you recommend it?

          • Friest, Lora - Postville, IA
            Northeast Iowa RC&D used both Survey Monkey and an email survey. Even though they sent it to more people, they had a much lower number and lower percentage of
            Message 5 of 6 , Aug 1, 2008
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              Northeast Iowa RC&D used both Survey Monkey and an email survey.

              Even though they sent it to more people, they had a much lower number and lower percentage of responses from Survey Monkey than the e-mail survey.

              We noticed that the e-mail responders were much more likely to provide new thoughtful input than Survey Monkey responders.

              Almost every e-mail responder provided useful extra input into their response whereas only two “other input” options were filled out on Survey Monkey, one made no sense and the other was inappropriate.

              Therefore, no, for us Survey Monkey took a lot of time to develop and did not provide as much input as either email questionnaires (or face to face group discussion.)

              Good luck!

              Lora L. Friest
              USDA/NRCS
              RC&D Coordinator
              Northeast Iowa Resource Conservation & Development Inc.
              PO Box 916
              Postville , Iowa 52162
              Phone 563-864-7112
              Fax 563-864-7113


              From: NARCDC@yahoogroups.com [mailto: NARCDC@yahoogroups.com ] On Behalf Of powles_c
              Sent: Thursday, July 31, 2008 7:59 AM
              To: NARCDC@yahoogroups.com
              Subject: [NARCDC] Online Surveys for Area Plan Development?

               

              Hello from the North Country RC&D! We are interested to know if any
              other RC&D's have used an online survey program as public
              participation for area plan development? Such as Survey Monkey? If
              so, were you satisfied with the results and would you recommend it?

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