Survey Requests

Survey Research and Analysis

The role of the Office of Survey Research and Analysis (SRA) is to help reduce survey fatigue in the GW community. Their goal is that each student, faculty, or staff member will only be surveyed once during the academic year with special interest surveys. Surveys administered to large groups of students, faculty, and/or staff will need to be reviewed by the Associate Vice Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment. SRA assists by reviewing surveys, calculating appropriate sample sizes, and selecting samples.

Policy Statement

Any person or office, including an auxiliary service office, proposing to administer a questionnaire to GW students, faculty, or staff who are not under his or her purview or who do not work within the person’s office or department first must obtain approval from the Office of the Associate Provost for Academic Planning and Assessment.

Those who utilize faculty, staff, or student contact information for the purposes of a questionnaire are responsible for safeguarding all information and questionnaire results in accordance with GW information security policies, and must provide a signed statement agreeing to adhere to those policies. 

Please complete a Request for Questionnaire Participant Contact Information Form (PDF) to receive approval.  

For more information on administering surveys or questionnaires at GW please see the Internal Questionnaire Administration Policy.

Policy Purpose

The proliferation of questionnaires to University constituents raises important ethical, legal, and practical concerns such as student privacy, protection of human subjects, and questionnaire fatigue from over-surveying the same groups or distributing multiple questionnaires at the same time. The purpose of this policy is to provide a central clearinghouse for internal survey administration in order to promote privacy, improve questionnaire quality, and increase the reliability and validity of the data collected.

Who Needs to Know This Policy

Faculty, staff, students and those not affiliated with the University who are proposing to survey GW faculty, staff, or students.

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