June 18, 2013

10 top online survey tools for your nonprofit

Survey Tools

Inexpensive tools to gain insight from your constituents

Guest post by Eric Leland

Target audience: Nonprofits, cause organizations, foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, educators, journalists, Web publishers, general public.

ericlelandOnline surveys can be a huge help in understanding what your constituents think and how successful your programs are, without breaking your budget. We spoke to five nonprofit staff members to understand how existing online survey tools compare, from features to pricing.

Ever wonder how well received your annual dinner event is? Looking to evaluate a new program? Need to collect data for a big research project? Surveys can be a huge help in understanding what your constituents think and how successful your programs are.

Good tools can be a big part of that. Online survey tools can be a cost-effective way for delivering surveys and collecting and analyzing results through one central system. While they’re not going to be the right fit for every research need — for instance, a paper survey is likely to get a much higher response rate at an in-person event, and provide more accurate data among populations that are not as comfortable with computers — online surveys are great for gathering informal data quickly and easily. Continue reading