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What 3 people learned from their first survey

What 3 people learned from their first survey

Are you ready to send your very first survey?

We put this question to the test in our recent “Send-a-Survey Sweepstakes,” where anyone could participate if they ran their first survey and collected 5 or more responses from it.

There were a whole lot of eligible participants who ran surveys to friends, family, colleagues, and classmates. To give you an idea of the types of questions they asked, and the types of insights they gleaned, we want to highlight 3 survey creators who stood out.

Whether you’re new to SurveyMonkey or you’re a long-time user, these stories show that you can always ask more questions and use survey data in new ways!

A curious student wants to know if caffeine and grades are related

Nearly half of adults, ages 18-24, drink coffee.

Since many in this age group are students, Bill, a college student in Hawaii, got curious about whether coffee consumption helps or hurts students’ academic performance.

Note: We’ve changed his real name, in addition to that of our other survey creators, to keep their identities private.  

Bill polled students, asking them for their grade point average as well as how many cups of coffee they consume.  

Though a larger sample size is necessary before making definitive conclusions, an early read on the results show that the more coffee students drink—all else equal—the higher their GPA.

Are you buzzing about the power of surveys yet?

An HR pro wants to improve onboarding for new hires

Jill, a talent development professional at a non profit on the east coast, wanted to ask new hires about their onboarding experience—wise move considering that 69% of employees are more likely to stay at their organization for at least 3 years if they experience a well-run onboarding process.

Jill’s survey results were a mixed bag.

On the one hand, employees found the overall onboarding process to be satisfactory—many even came out of it with a greater sense of purpose.

On the other hand, employees mentioned that they came out of onboarding confused about how the organization operates, and that they could have benefited from more guidance in completing basic and essential tasks (like setting up their direct deposit).

The takeaway? The non profit’s onboarding is working, but by taking more measures to educate employees on the organization and on how to complete critical tasks, it can be even more valuable!

A teacher gets vulnerable to improve student learning

Asking for constructive criticism isn’t easy. Especially when it’s coming from people who are younger than you—by decades.

Nevertheless, we found James, a middle school teacher in Alaska, who put his ego aside and prioritized student learning.

He surveyed his students on how they feel about the class and if they have ideas to better promote learning.

He ended up receiving several thoughtful and creative ideas to improve his student’s education. And, perhaps more unexpectedly, he also found that he’s gained respect from his students just for asking: They said that the survey made them feel like their opinions were being heard.

The next step for this learning-driven teacher? Prioritizing and executing on his students’ ideas.

What first-time survey creators say about using SurveyMonkey

Thousands of people run their first survey on SurveyMonkey every day. What are their thoughts on using our platform for the first time?

Here are some bits of feedback we’ve received:

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“I enjoyed the overall process of building out a survey and collecting responses.”

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“I got excited every time I received a notification that someone completed my survey.”

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“Now I see how SurveyMonkey can help me, both in my personal and professional life.”

Whatever questions you have, we hope these stories inspire you to ask them on SurveyMonkey!