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Small-scale surveys

Our clients often work with groups of 10–20 people. Our range of light-touch survey tools can be used to record feedback in a less intensive and less intrusive way than traditional surveys. These methods are particularly suitable for young people in classroom-type environments.

Through our links with the Centre for Education and Inclusion Research, we can also work collaboratively with early years experts to design evaluations for very young children, including those under five.

Exit polls/postcard surveys

Postcard surveys lend themselves to immediate post-participation data collection. A 60 second postcard survey can be designed to capture feedback quickly and efficiently and demonstrate the immediate impact of a project or event. We used this method extensively to monitor feedback from competitors at the UK School Games event in 2012.

Graffiti walls

Popular with young people, this qualitative method involves posting research questions around the room, and allowing participants to record their opinions using marker pens. Respondents are encouraged to be frank and honest, and comments can often spark lively debate.

Photo caption sheets/cards

We use relevant photography, including photos that young people can take themselves with their mobile phones, to gather data about thoughts and feelings and to collect feedback on their experiences.

Sticker sheets

We use visual tools, such as sticker sheets, when working with some young people. Participants are given stickers of different colours corresponding to their responses to research questions printed on poster style sheets. This is an interactive and anonymous way of collecting responses which can be turned into a quiz or game format to suit younger audiences.

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