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Introduction to planning and carrying out surveys

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 9:15 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

Introduction to planning and carrying out surveys

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Introduction to planning and carrying out surveys


This training will help you to understand when and how to plan and undertake a survey. There are opportunities for you to work with others to develop survey questions, putting your learning in to practice. 

Our aims are that during this training session you will learn about

  • the basics of planning & undertaking a survey
  • the importance of purpose and outcomes in shaping your survey design
  • the advantages and disadvantages of surveys as a method
  • how to ensure your survey questions give you what you need
  • key factors to consider to make your survey reliable and useful

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 What to expect


  • A warm welcome and a cuppa on arrival.
  • A relaxed and informal training session in which you can meet people from different organisations and areas of work.
  • Discussions and activities in small groups, so don't worry about having to speak up in front of lots of people if it's not your thing. 
  • Useful information to take away.


All of the resources you need to participate on the day will be made available to you, including pens and paper. We will give you handouts to take away, and let you know about websites where you can find more information.


Who engaging together training and support is for


Anyone from the public sector, voluntary and community sector, faith groups, social enterprises or private sector who has an interest in working with communities. This includes people who are required to inform, consult, or involve communities, and people who manage community grants or contracts, or are involved in commissioning.


engaging together training and support is designed and delivered by people who work and volunteer in Dudley borough, for people who who work and volunteer in Dudley borough. We also warmly welcome colleagues from other areas.

Your trainers

Trish Kilmurray is a Senior Research & Intelligence Officer with Dudley MBC. She has worked in the Corporate Policy and Research section since 2001. Trish has a first class honors degree in statistical sciences.

Donna Roberts is experienced in the field of community engagement and advises on empowering approaches to engaging. Donna has advised on and carried out a variety of surveys and has lots of practical experience to share.  


We use venues which are fully accessible, which accessible facilities and we will try to meet other access requirements that you tell us about when you register.

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Wednesday, December 4, 2013 from 9:15 AM to 4:00 PM (GMT)

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engaging together

We are a group of officers from different organisations; Dudley CVS, Dudley Council and Public Health and Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group.

We know that community engagement isn’t easy

We know that because it’s something we do in our roles, and some of us also manage people who work with communities.

Organisations want communities, groups and individuals to know about their services, be involved in decisions to shape or improve services, perhaps even deliver services together. Community engagement is still high on the agenda for most organisations and partnerships. 

We know that free training and support is important and  can make a difference

Over the last four years we have developed 12 different training courses and delivered them to nearly 400 officers and volunteers. We also host Community Engagement Network events three times a year, nearly 300 people have taken part in these so far. Feedback and evaluation from these activities highlight the value of bringing people together from different teams and organisations, the importance of developing confidence by learning how to do practical things and by reflecting on practice.

We estimate that we have helped organisations in Dudley to save over £30,000 in training costs by investing our own time in delivering support.

No-one asked us to do this

We develop and deliver this training and support because we found out during some research that many officers and volunteers aren’t confident about their community engagement skills and can find the prospect of engagement quite scary. Often people don’t know who else is doing related or similar work.

We are:

Lorna Prescott. Senior Development Officer at Dudley CVS
Jody Pritchard, Public Health Programme Manager at The Office of Public Health
Donna Roberts, Research & Intelligence Officer at Dudley Council, seconded to Dudley CVS
Helen Ashford, Community Engagement Advisor, Dudley Clinical Commissioning Group
Nicki Burrows, Children’s Development Officer at Dudley CVS
Kat Lafferty, Community Safety Team at Dudley Council

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