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Survey Research

Survey Research

In addition to the subject protection requirements of the Institutional Review Board, all surveys must be discussed with Institutional Research, Planning & Effectiveness. This allows IRP&E to track and collect all surveys completed on and off campus.

The goal is to provide high quality and meaningful data with usable results and one that minimizes the potential for error (Meredith J. Dean, Ph. D, Virginia Commonwealth University).


To submit your survey idea for approval, submit a Web Helpdesk Request and include the following information:

Survey Name

Research Question - what is the primary question you are trying to answer?

Sponsor - What person or group on campus requires the survey?

Timing - When do you plan to administer the survey?

Population - Who will be surveyed?

Description - Write a brief description of your survey.

Contact - Who should be contacted with questions about the survey?


Participating in this communication effort is extremely important! It benefits both those conducting and those receiving surveys if we do our survey research in a coordinated way.


Alternatives to Surveys

Due to SCC's small student population, over surveying can lead to Survey Fatigue. This happens when participants are asked to complete meaningless survey questions and/or asking participants about routine behavior or actions they probably don't track.