Simple & Short, Simple & Short

Updated: Feb 2

Last week, we talked about how people actually take surveys. The takeaway? Paper is still extremely important. We continue this week with more survey-taking data.

Question 3: Once a person has started a survey on their chosen medium, how long do they spend working on that survey?

After analyzing thousands of surveys over the past few years, we found the following:

  • For staff surveys, the average number of time respondents spent taking a survey was 14 minutes and 40 seconds.

  • Parent surveys take an average of 10 minutes and 50 seconds.

  • Students spend an average of 9 minutes and 30 seconds.

  • And finally, respondents of community surveys spent an average of 6 minutes and 6 seconds completing their surveys.

Question 4: Finally, when do people take surveys? Are they more likely to start a survey in the morning, the afternoon, or in the evening?

We analyzed that, too! The graph shows the percentage of total survey respondents to begin a survey in a given hour of the day.

The hours of the day with the most surveys taken are 8 AM, 9 AM, and 10 AM, with a sharp increase from 7:00 to 8:00 AM. After the peak timeframe, there is a steady decline until the next morning. The coincides with the beginning of the school or workday.

What day of the week are respondents most likely to take surveys?

Lastly, we analyzed what day of the week respondents are most likely to take community surveys. We randomly sampled ten community surveys from our Fall 2021 semester and averaged how many surveys were taken each day of the week (during the week prior to a survey’s deadline).

  • Respondents were most likely to take surveys on Monday, closely followed by Wednesday.

  • Respondents were least likely to take surveys on Saturday and Sunday.

So, there you have it—now you know how and when your surveys are being taken! Did any of this surprise you? Let us know in the comment section.


The School Perceptions Blog and Resource Center features the voices of our team members. This post was written by Lindsey Naze, Data Analyst, and Tim Mikula, Vice-President of Technology.

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