Survey analysis

What you said logoOnline and hard copy…
Most people who are online filled in their survey responses using surveymonkey. Some people preferred to have a paper copy, or are not online. The paper copies were carefully transcribed by the Working Group into surveymonkey, and the online version was then checked for accuracy. All the data was then in one place ready for analysis.

The youngest age groups worked through their surveys on paper or by a show of hands.

Handling free text comments…
The questionnaire was designed to allow everyone as much freedom as possible to express their views, and so it included a number of free text boxes. We committed to confidentiality for individual responses and so all of the comments relating to given topics were reviewed and the main points summarised out. Working in pairs, we counted how many times similar points were made, and reported an indication of numbers along with the summary of each main point. This seemed the fairest way to compress 64 pages of comments into something which could easily be digested, while respecting individual confidentiality.

Handling tick-boxes…
The data from the tick-boxes was much easier to analyse, and the results are shown as graphs. In most cases the bars indicate the percentage of respondents selecting particular responses, though sometimes it was more useful to show the actual numbers of replies to each option. The graph title makes it clear. Where percentages are used, the total number of respondents is also shown.

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