My Emerging Leaders group has been charged with (among other things) designing an assessment instrument – specifically an email survey to be sent after conference. We strongly suspect that people would be more likely to fill out a short paper form right then and there, but there is a green initiative for this conference pushing us towards using something electronic.
Ideas we’re throwing around:
- Half slips of paper with the promise to recycle
- A combination – a longer emailed survey and a shorter paper slip with something like: “What was the best thing about ACRL 101?” and “What would you change for next time?”
- Instead of slips of paper there’s just a notebook hanging around for comments, or a white board or easel or something…
- Go with electronic – the extra responses aren’t worth the environmental impact
- Go with electronic – the response rate won’t actually vary much
I’d love to hear what anyone else thinks or has done in the past.
ETA – As a clarification: our survey is just for our little program (ACRL 101), not the whole conference so we would have handed you the paper survey as you walked in and asked you to fill it out before you leave, with the idea that people are more likely to bother filling it out in the moment and more likely to ignore an email invitation to a survey later, but there are a number of good arguments here and I’m all for source reduction, so I think I’m leaning towards “the extra responses aren’t worth the environmental impact.”