How to do a rolling survey

Most of the time you think about doing a survey, it involves sending out a questionnaire for all your participants to complete at the same time.

But what if you run a project that where you don’t see everyone together? For example, you might work run a counselling project with young people that are referred to you one or two at a time over the course of a year.

Kingston Bereavement Services Saying Goodbye Project works with young people one at a time, as they are referred to the project, and uses a rolling survey.

Don’t panic! There is a solution. You need to run a ‘rolling survey’ where you gather your survey data over a period of time.

This is easy providing that you plan your survey correctly – because NPC’s Well-being Measure has a feature that allows you to add participants during a survey.

To learn how to plan and rolling survey what extra things you need to think about, read our new guidance here.

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About John Copps

John is part of NPC's research and consulting team and is the founder of NPC's Well-being Measure, a social business that provides an online tool to measure young people’s well-being. He has eight years experience of research and consulting, and is passionate about how data can be used to improve the performance of organisations. John is a regular contributor to NPC's blog and has also contributed to pieces for BBC Radio, the Guardian, and the Financial Times. John is a governor of a secondary school.
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