Administer surveys to identify parent needs, and how the school can help

What’s involved

Including parents’ voices in the school’s planning, additional changes, supports, and activities is important because it helps to create buy-in to support positive health behaviours, among many other reasons. There are several ways to collect information on parents’ perspectives and needs, with surveys being a valuable and practical tool.

  • Consider the demographic characteristics of your participants and whether they have access to the Internet and a device to complete the survey to help determine the preferred method of gathering information (e.g., online survey platform or paper and pen method).
  • School communities should collaborate to determine where they need parent input (e.g., mental health, healthy eating, physical activity, school plans, educational quality, need for services, and rating of services).
  • Consider the length of your survey. Long surveys may be overwhelming for parents to complete.
  • Give parents a specific timeframe to fill out the survey, as having timely feedback will allow the school to quickly and effectively make adjustments as necessary.
  • Build in time for school staff to interpret the survey data and begin the process of change and/or helping families.

Who can deliver it

  • Teachers (In-class surveys)
  • Principals (Whole-school initiatives or questions)

Time commitment

  • 1-3 hours

Resources required

  • Computer
  • Questions
  • Survey platform (if online administration)
  • Printer (if paper-based administration)

Ideal learning environment

  • Long-term virtual learning
  • Short-term virtual learning
  • Summer break
  • Outdoor education
  • Hybrid classroom
  • Traditional classroom

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