Since the first wave of COVID-19 ran over the world, efforts were made to adjust the Planet Youth school survey protocol to an online, at-home format. The challenge was both technical and structural.
At-home surveys typically generate lower response rates than in school surveys so steps had to be taken to address the challenges with altered processes and setup of the questionnaire.
Because at-home surveys typically generate lower response rates than in school surveys, this change requires specific organization and several adjustments to the existing protocol.
It is said that every difficulty has an opportunity. Implementing the Planet Youth survey now gives our partners the opportunity to add a few COVID-19 related questions to the questionnaire which can give important information on the well-being of youth and their changing environment during these unusual circumstances.
The online survey should still be taken by all students at a pre-determined date and time during home schooling hours within a specified class. Doing so will maximize the odds of high response rates.
The surveys can be answered by using PC’s, Mac’s, Tablets and Mobile Phones.
What changes have been made to the Planet Youth protocol?
The questionnaire has been shortened, closer to the core questions of the Planet Youth methodology in order to increase the likelyhood of a high response rate.
A follow-up process has then been added, where Planet Youth sends back information from the administrative tools on the response rate during the survey period.
More focus has been set on clear communication routes and Planet Youth provides a step by step guide and an online seminar on the whole process.