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Coordination, Development, Distribution and Review

​The Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness (OIRE) can coordinate the creation, timing, distribution, and retention of surveys administered to university students, faculty, staff, or alumni. OIRE can also assist in the development and review of survey instruments.

Please feel free to contact OIRE (303-315-2840 or with any questions or if you would like assistance with your survey project.

Survey Calendar:  If you are planning to conduct a survey, please check the
Institutional Survey Schedule to see if there are other surveys being conducted during your planned timeframe. OIRE can work with you to help resolve any conflicts.

OIRE, in collaboration with the Survey Working Group, has developed a survey resource document for campus constituents.  We encourage you to review thesurvey resource document as well as the Survey How Tos document before embarking on a survey administration.

The Survey Working Group, composed of representatives from administrative and academic units from the Denver and Anschutz Medical Campuses, is a sounding board and guiding body for OIRE and those who wish to develop/administer surveys or other data collection strategies.  The Survey Working Group sets the agenda and guides the timelines for institutionally administered surveys to students, faculty, staff and alumni.  One example of an institutionally administered survey is the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), which is administered to our Denver Campus freshmen and seniors to collect information about their experiences here at CU Denver and to provide leadership with data for curriculum enhancements and improvements to campus life.

The consultative process with OIRE and the Survey Working Group includes:

  • Evaluation of Existing Datasets: Determining if there are data that already exist that may provide you with what you need (no need to reinvent the wheel!)
      • ​​Have similar surveys been administered?
  • Modality Determination: Establishing the best method of collecting the information (e.g., online survey, paper survey, focus group)
  • Instrument Design:  Developing items and response categories, ordering items, using white space to improve readability, etc.
  • Population Selection: Determining the most appropriate population(s) to include, sampling, etc.​

Click HERE for information regarding the 2013 NSSE (National Survey of Student Engagement) Administration at the University of Colorado Denver.

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