You may be wondering why we ask you fill out surveys throughout the year. We know as much as you that we get bombarded with surveys -- surveys from retailers, medical offices, restaurants, and a whole slew of other places. This can get overwhelming and eventually become white noise that you hardly notice anymore.
Our surveys are each different, but they are all used to gauge our progress on how we are doing on serving you and your families. We value all the responses we get, however some surveys are more important than others. As a non-profit, these surveys are certainly not used to increase profit margins or figure out how we can market things to you -- they are a gateway to keeping our doors, resources, and advocates open to you for years to come.
Our MOST important surveys are our parent and workshop surveys that we do every year starting in the summer. They are surveys that are required by the Office of Special Education Programs / Department of Special Ed (where we get our funding). These surveys are collected by PACER - a big parent center up in Minnesota by the end of each grant year (end of September). They use these surveys as a way to gauge our progress as a parent center as well as collectively for parent centers across the board. They are extremely important to the survival of our center. Want to help us out by filling out this years surveys? The deadline is coming up quick! By filling out one of these quick surveys you also enter yourself to win one of two $25 gift cards to the restaurant of your choice :) Find out more information here:
Another type of survey we send out each year is the Family Support Program Survey. This survey only goes out to people in our Family Support Program. When we receive results from our parents, we report our findings to our board and devise ways that can make the program more convenient and useful to you.
Our last type of surveys we send out involve your preferences on things - the types of trainings you'd like us to offer, the types of resources you would like to check out from our library, how you like to be contacted, and whether you prefer trainings online or in person. All of this information helps us create a better all in one local resource for you, the parent, so that you can better advocate for your child.
We hope this helped clear up why we ask for your opinions and thoughts through this format so often. We hope that the next time you see one of our surveys come through your inbox or pop up on facebook, you'll consider taking just a couple of minutes to help us.
- Arkansas Support Network FSP/CPRC Staff
Staff of the Northwest Arkansas Community Parent Resource Center (including original content as well as curated links to various authors around the web.)