A survey may not be the best way to gather the information you are looking for. Be sure to review these considerations first, before proceeding:
- Are you looking for specific, in-depth information from students? Perhaps a focus group is a better fit.
- Conduct a literature review on the topic with respect to your target population. What is already known about the topic you are interested in? Could you generalize that information to meet your needs instead? The public health librarian at Rush Rhees could assist you with this process.
- Are there national data sets available that would provide the data you need?
- Are there surveys already conducted at the University that you could use? (i.e., National College Health Assessment, UHS Consumer Attitudes Survey, Patient Satisfaction Survey, etc.)
- Reuse of de-identified or secondary historical (~1-3 years) survey response data may still be relevant.
- Consider survey fatigue. Surveys should be thoughtful on design, length, and schedule (calendar year). Investigate the University’s survey schedule and determine if your survey will interfere.
- Consider the benefit to the survey taker, and if the survey responses will be actionable. What is the likelihood that collecting this data from students will lead to change?