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Pre-workshop survey #1

graciellehigino opened this issue Mar 1, 2018 · 3 comments


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commented Mar 1, 2018

[why?] We need to understand our public. It is important to know their opinions on Science Communication, whether they do it, whether they don't, and why. We also need to assess what do they need to start doing it or to keep doing it.

[how?] You can help by giving feedback on the questions or the structure of the survey. All the survey is transcripted in the first comment below, and the survey is here.

It is important that the form has:

  • A statement explaining how the answers will be used and asking for consentment.
  • A way of identifying the respondent so we can compare the answers from this survey with the post-workshop survey.

Here are some tips on making good forms.

You can also help by posting and emailing the questionnaire so we can get a very diverse sample.

We will also need to analyze the data collected prior to the Global Sprint 2018 and, with that, set up an analysis protocol so that the workshop promoters can replicate this assessment.

[what?] Create a survey, colect and analyse data.

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commented May 4, 2018

Questions that are currently on the survey:

  • What does science communication (SciComm) mean to you?
  • Have you ever done something that you classify as SciComm?
    (A: Yes, No, I don't know)
  • If not, why?
    (A: I don’t think it is useful; I don’t have the time; I'm shy; I don't know how to do it; other)
  • Do you have any interest in doing SciComm?
    (A: Yes, No, I'm not sure)
  • Please explain your answer.
  • Have you ever received any training in SciComm?
    (A: Yes; No)
  • What are the main difficulties you have encountered in presenting your research to a not-specialized audience (this includes scientists who do not directly work in your subfield)?
    (A: Keeping the audience engaged and interested; Avoding jargon; Being precise and coincize at the same time; Other)
  • he following aspects of communication do you consider being your strengths?
    (A: Writing; Drawing; Lay conversation; Public speaking; Improvisation; Other)
  • Which do you consider being your weaknesses?
    (A: Writing; Drawing; Lay conversation; Public speaking; Improvisation; Other)
  • Do you consume SciComm media?
    (A: Yes; No; I consume whaaat?)
  • If yes, which ones do you preferentially engage with?
    (A: Blogs/websites; Magazines; Podcasts; Videos; Books; Social media; Other)
  • If you are in academia, what best describes your current position? Please select "N/A" if you are not in academia.
    (A: Undergraduate student; Graduate student; Postdoctoral researcher; Assistant professor; Associate professor; Professor; N/A)

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commented May 11, 2018

Feedback from Stephanie Wright during the Sprint:
I’ve run into the issue of trying to keep identities separate from anonymous surveys… maybe put a link to a different form at the end of the survey so survey reponses can’t be tied to emails for folks who want to be identified when the workshop is ready?
Starting out a survey w/ a heavy lift of defining a term at the beginning may turn some folks off the survey, particularly those who don’t know what sci comm is. Maybe even start with “Do you have a definition in mind of what sci comm means?” Then use skip logic to skip a bunch of the following questions that won’t be relevant if they don’t.
Might want to consider making the third question checkboxes for multiple selection as folks might have more than one reason.
Same with question on “weaknesses"

Note: I've found those suggestions very useful and I'll implement them in the survey after the first "round" of answers (in June).


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commented Jul 19, 2018

I think I have some material that will help us with these questions. I will get back to this.

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