Hi,At the University at Buffalo School of Social Work, we are looking at strengthening our strategies for obtaining student feedback about all aspects of their field placement experience. We would find it helpful to know what strategies are working at other schools of social work.What strategies/methods have been helpful?
What has not been helpful?Do you collect anonymous data or do the students identify themselves?Any insight or lessons learned would be helpful.Thanks!
We have been looking a lot at this. One thing we did recently is severely SHORTEN the survey. We used to ask questions about everything and everything, but realized the survey was too long so we were not getting a high response rate, AND we weren't really using the responses to most questions in a concrete way. Sure it gave us a better picture of what was going on, but we kept boiling it down to what would we tangibly be able to digest and use and act on. So my suggestion would be to keep it SHORT. Figure out the key areas you need feedback on. Allow for additional comments. And make sure it is anonymous and explain to students HOW the data will be used. (helps with response rates).Another suggestion is ask for student feedback on the best way to get students to respond - when and how to distribute the survey.Hope that helps,Aneesha
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