Coffee Break Webinar Series: Savvy Surveys: Strategies for Driving Insights

Join us for a Coffee Break Webinar on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 2:00p– 2:30p EDT

Surveys play a critical role in capturing patterns to facilitate innovation. This function is understood simply by the large number of organizations and entities that distribute surveys. While disseminating a survey is relatively easy because of the availability of various tools, disseminating a “savvy” survey that provides insights for continuous improvement that can also provide evidence of impact is much more challenging. To increase the likelihood of obtaining meaningful and actionable data, surveys should address articulated questions, reach the right individuals, and be easy for respondents to complete.

Providing insights into accomplishing these goals, we are pleased to have Rachael Bower, Director of Internet Scout Research Group and Principal Investigator of ATE Central, a National Science Foundation Advanced Technological Education project as a guest presenter in our next coffee break webinar. In Savvy Surveys: Strategies for Driving Insights, we will discuss our lessons learned in designing and disseminating the ATE Central annual survey to nearly 8,000 individuals over the last seven years. Specifically, the webinar seeks to share:

      1. Techniques for developing strong questions and implementing a logical organization of these questions;
      2. Insights on getting the right people to respond; and
      3. Practical considerations of disseminating surveys.


We hope you make plans to join us on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 at 2:00p – 2:30p EDT

About the Presenters:


Rachael Bower

Director, Internet Scout Research Group

Rachael Bower has a background in communications and library science, and brings a deep understanding of issues related to grant creation and stewardship, educational digital projects, and sustainability to her work.  Since 2001, Rachael has been a Director of Internet Scout Research Group, a grant-funded research and development center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Internet Scout’s focus is to help connect educators, librarians and other interested parties to high-quality online tools and resources through their research, projects, and publications. Rachael has been Principal Investigator on a variety of NSF and Mellon awards including Scout’s current ATE Central project – funded through the NSF ATE program.

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Lana J. Rucks, Ph.D.

Principal Consultant, The Rucks Group

Lana Rucks, Ph.D., brings to her work nearly two decades of research and evaluation experience. Her extensive knowledge in the design and implementation of research and program evaluations is based on her leadership of dozens of evaluation initiatives. She has evaluated projects funded by federal agencies, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the U.S. Department of Labor, the National Institutes of Health, and the National Science Foundation and non-profit organizations such as the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Kresge Foundation.