Survey Peer Network

The Survey Peer Network (SPN) is a platform designed to connect University of Minnesota professionals with survey-related resources—and each other. We hope to generate a campus-wide awareness of survey best practice and implementation at the University, and to facilitate survey-related conversation through multiple communication channels.

2013-14 Programming

SPN members attended a planning session in July 2013 to brainstorm programming ideas for the 2013-14 academic year. Possible topics and issues include best practices and challenges; survey methods and tools; and SPN member networking and communication. Click here to see a summary of ideas generated by the group.

Anyone interested in helping plan, coordinate, or facilitate survey-related programming should contact opa@umn.edu.

Past Programming

SPN November 18, 2011 - Strategic Sampling for Better Research Practice 
Session leaders:
Tom Dohm, Office for Measurement Services
John Kellogg, Office of Institutional Research
Thomas Lindsay, CLA Survey Services

Sampling has been identified as a significant component of survey research, and getting good data means starting with a good sampling plan. The purpose of this session is to address issues and challenges of sampling faced by survey researchers. To create this session, we need to hear from YOU: What do you want to know about sampling? What questions come up in your day-to-day work? What experiences (good and bad) have you had with creating and implementing sampling plans?

Session Powerpoint (PDF)

SPN October 20, 2011 - Protecting Participants and Ourselves: IRB, Security, and Privacy Issues in Health Science Survey Research

This 90-minute session will provide information about ways to protect participants (and ourselves) while planning, administering, and analyzing health science survey research - focusing on IRB, HRPP, privacy, and data security. The purpose is to discuss the foundation for sound, quality research using best practice strategies. This session is geared toward towards those in the health sciences. We plan to discuss pertinent issues using concrete scenarios. To craft these scenarios, we need to hear from YOU - what questions do you have about IRB, HRPP, privacy, and data security? What issues have you faced in the past?

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement.

Session Recording

SPN September 21, 2011 - Protecting Participants and Ourselves: IRB and Privacy Issues in Survey Research 
Facilitator:
Ron Huesman, Office of Institutional Research

Panel:
John Jensen, University Privacy and Security
Cynthia McGill, Institutional Review Board
Michael Oakes, Epidemiology (faculty)
Jeffrey Perkey, Institutional Review Board

This 90-minute session will provide information about ways to protect participants (and ourselves) while planning, administering, and analyzing survey research - focusing on IRB, HRPP, privacy, and data security. The purpose is to discuss the foundation for sound, quality research using best practice strategies. This session is geared toward general survey practitioners on campus, as well as those involved in social sciences research. We plan to discuss pertinent issues using concrete scenarios. To craft these scenarios, we need to hear from YOU - what questions do you have about IRB, HRPP, privacy, and data security? What issues have you faced in the past?.

This event has been designated by the Office of the Vice President for Research to satisfy the Awareness/Discussion component of the Responsible Conduct of Research (RCR) continuing education requirement. A form will also be available for those interested in satisfying College of Continuing Education (CCE) continuing education credits.

SPN June 8, 2011 - Survey Tools Panel and Discussion re: Enterprise-wide Survey Software Evaluation

SPN’s second meeting addressed two of the topics generated by participants at the first meeting: an overview of the survey tools currently available and the possibility of a University-wide survey tool in lieu of UM Survey.

Part 1 – Survey Tools Panel
Our survey tools panel showcased presentations by each panelist about their specific survey tool/knowledge of a specific survey tool issue, and then fielded questions from our meeting attendees.

Panel:
Gary Brisbin, Office of General Counsel
Erik Hoover, UM Survey
Susan McKinnell, Google Forms
Karin Teder, UM Survey
Shelly Wymer, O-SAT

Part 2 – Enterprise-wide Survey Software Evaluation
Chris Frazier, chair of the Enterprise-wide Survey Software Evaluation (ESSE) Committee, provided background information on the purpose and timeline of the project, giving the group context before they began their Café Conversation discussion around key questions related to survey tool needs.

SPN May 10, 2011 - Kick-off and Engagement Session

Thanks to all those who attended the kick-off meeting on May 10; we had a great turnout and even greater visioning sessions! The group of 38 participants broke out into 8 small groups, and each group brainstormed a list of topics they might like to see addressed at an SPN meeting in the future and wrote their ideas on a poster. Each participant was then given 3 dot stickers to distribute among all 8 posters — they were asked to place their dots on the 3 topics they would be most interested in learning more about or discussing further.

Topics and number of votes:

  • Discuss how to develop a database of data that has been collected - 9
  • Current resources or structures available - 8
  • Plans for UM Survey or a common tool - 8
  • Creating effective questions and survey design - 7
  • Guidelines and best practices - 7
    (Experts, Uses at the University)
  • Discussion of how to analyze survey results - 6
  • Survey Analysis - 6
    (Tools to analyze, Tools to present results)
  • How can University give surveys more strategically - 5
    (Measurement framework, Link data decisions)
  • Item bank and standardized questions, formats - 5
  • Available survey tools - 5
    (Costs, What’s good, What’s not good)
  • Case studies of good/bad surveys - 5