Run the Survey

Maximise survey responses, drive positive change, and transform engagement through effective data collection.

Carry out survey - RUN

Launch the survey!

Once you have your team on board, goals set, survey designed, and logistics planned out, you’re ready to launch your survey! In your communications to respondents, include:

Goals and reasoning behind the survey.

Recognise that these are extra minutes you’re asking from your community’s busy schedules. Seeing the larger goal and why you’re asking to do this task will help build motivation around completing the survey. Match your tone to the context around the survey depending on if it is an exciting and inviting opportunity or something that calls for a more professional and measured tone to match the weight of the situation.

Practical information on how the survey will be carried out:

  • Is the survey anonymous?
  • What’s the deadline for completing the survey?
  • Where to find the link?
  • Give all of the practical information to your respondents so that the process is as clear as possible, including what will happen with their data and how you plan to use it to make decisions going forward. Let them know who to contact in case of any additional questions.

Monitor the survey

What’s a good response rate?

At Edurio, we like to say that gathering at least half of your stakeholder voices is excellent! Striving for a 100% response rate is often unrealistic and there’s no point in setting yourself up against an almost impossible goal. Keep in mind, the response rates can differ among each of your organisation’s groups - staff, pupils, parents, governors, and trustees. If you have run a survey for the same respondent group before, aim to have a slightly larger response rate the next time, as you may have better insight into getting them to respond.

The averages and ranges we have seen for Edurio-facilitated surveys:


A note about parent respondents: Parents are one of the hardest respondent groups to reach and measure. Define your achievable response rate, considering how many parents/carers you want to respond (one response per child or separate responses from main carers), what to do in cases where two children from the same family attend the school, etc.

At Edurio, we suggest inviting parents to complete the survey once for each child, meaning we would see one response for each pupil in the survey results. This is especially important in a case where parents have multiple children attending the same school, but the experiences with each child are different - trying to answer for both and finding the middle can risk results ending up being muddy.

If you see that the response rates after the first week are below 20%, talk to your team to understand what could be the reason and if you’re able to mitigate that. It might turn out you need to provide more information about the survey or extend the timeline for completion.

How to maximise the response rate?

Now that you have a rough idea of what response rate you could achieve for each respondent group, let’s talk about how you can maximise your response counts while the survey is live.

FAQs from respondents

Prepare yourself for possible questions from respondents about the survey. Here are some questions respondents frequently ask about Edurio-facilitated surveys:

  1. Is this survey really anonymous?
  2. Why do you want to know my [age/gender/sexual orientation]?
  3. Won’t you be able to tell who I am from my answers?

Emphasise once again what your goals are and that the survey is not intended to place blame in any direction, but to open up communication and plan for positive changes. Consider compiling FAQs from the pilot group who tested the survey before the launch, especially if there were any questions that came up more often. You can include some prepared answers in the initial communication about the survey.

Close the survey

The survey has closed! You’re one step closer to seeing what kind of feedback your respondents gave. Before you go ahead and analyse the results, take a moment to reflect on the survey completion process itself and to thank your respondents.

What to do after the survey has closed?

It may take a few weeks or months to work through all of the insights in your survey results. To have everybody on the same page, communicate with your respondents right after the survey is closed:


Say thanks!

Your community has spent their time sharing their thoughts. Thank them for their time, effort and feedback given. Let them know they’ve been heard! This will go a long way.

Communicate initial highlights!

Celebrate the response rate, acknowledging all the people who took part in the survey. This can help build excitement around the collaborative work everybody has participated in. Remind people about the survey topic and themes that you asked them to respond about.

Share your plan for the next steps!

It’s important that respondents know the results will truly be analysed and used, as this is the reason people took the time to fill in the survey in the first place. Give a brief plan for what’s happening next - it can include the planned timelines or just the next few phases (think - a) analysing the results, b) setting priorities, c) sharing the results and next steps). Let respondents know who they can reach out to if they have any further questions or comments about the survey or next steps.

Materials & templates

Four informational summary resources accompany this chapter of the hub. You can share and adapt the materials by providing a link to the original documents and indicating if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner but not in any way that suggests that Edurio endorses you or your use.

  • [LETTER TEMPLATES] Introducing the survey
  • [POSTER TEMPLATES] Introducing the survey
  • [EMAIL TEMPLATE] Thank you email
  • [POSTER] "Thank you for your feedback!"

All additional resources & templates are available for free at home.edurio.com/solutions/stakeholder-feedback/materials. The page is password-protected; you may retrieve the password by completing the form to the right. After form completion, an email containing the password will be delivered to your inbox. 

Key terminology

  • Response rate: The percentage of people who completed your survey of the total number of people who make up that group (e.g., if out of 100 people, 30 filled out the survey, the response rate is 30%).

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