Randy states: The society is planning to improve the survey, and I thought it might be a good idea to ask my readers for their help. The survey questions are listed below.
Randy asks:Which ones should be deleted from the survey (and why)? What questions should be added to the survey (and why)? The survey is limited to one page in length, so there are only 26 questions in the available space.
Here is the late 2008 survey question list:
And he posted his 2006-2008 survey questioniare:
wow wow wow I answered with an elaborate multitable table survey form wanting participants to weigh their answers, and give benchmark analysis on several elements of genealogy.
LOL---- Randy in his kind (mentoring way) explained to me the complexity of my first attempt. Randy asked me to review what were the goals of the survey, what did we, as a society want to learn, and how could I make it a whole lot more simple.
Yesterday I sent my first draft to the genealogical society board;
I am sharing my sample here to my readers.
This survey format was developed with the following goals in mind:
Discover unmet member needs.
--Establish long-term member relationships.
--Gage the effectiveness of activities and methods.
--Introduce new products or services.
--Ascertain our relative strengths and weaknesses.
--Develop action plans to tackle future educational and program plans.
Directions for participant of this survey: Answer these questions for yourself, regarding issues you are involved or interested:
do not answer with opinions of others or what you may think others may say:
If you do not have an opinion, do not answer the question.
How long have you been a member of the society?
Why did you become a member of the society? (question thanks to Jennifer!!)
Has society met your expectations in this aspect?
Where is your genealogical data:
on off - line computer programs like a word or spreadsheet format?
on - line in a free genealogical web site?
on - line in a fee genealogical web site?
on your own web site?
Is your data private or public?
Do you participate in another genealogical society activities?
What do they offer that our Genealogical Society does not?
Where do you usually hear about activities being presented by the society?
the Society website? emails?? word of mouth? newpaper? flyers?
newsletter? somewhere else___________________?
How many times a month do you participate in society activities?
___once a month _____two to three times a month _____five or more times a month
What is your favorite regularly planned society activity?
What is your least favorite regularly planned society activity?
Are you interested in participating in more activities?
What would need to happen to interest you in participating with more activities?
Did you participate in the new time slots for library table talks?
Weekday Evening classes?
Would you like to see these activities continue?
Is there another day of the week/time more convenient for you?
What was the subject of your favorite class or presentation in the last 12 months?
What was the subject of your least favorite class or presentation in the last 12 months?
What is a Presentation subject or presenter of interest to you?
What is a Class subject or presenter of interest to you?
Being more specifc:
Would you like more "how-to" genealogical classes/presentations? Can you be specific?
Ordering military records?
Using your libraries more effectively with on-line databases, library loans to libraries, ordering microfilm
Preparing for genealogical research trips?
Organizing paper or on-line records?
Using web sites or software? which ones__________________
OR More state/country/ethnic group studies? which ones ____________
Are you interested in more social events? yes no if yes which activities?
History Themed Days
The society will be welcoming in a new board of officers in December 2010.
What changes, considerations, suggestions would you like to include in this survey for their information.
Are you interested in becoming a part of this new board effort?