WaSH Communication Survey (by a group of undergraduate students at North Carolina State University)

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WaSH Communication Survey (by a group of undergraduate students at North Carolina State University)

Hi all,

We are a group of undergraduate students at North Carolina State University investigating how people involved in achieving UN Sustainability Goal 6, ensuring clean water and sanitation access to all, communicate. Part of this investigation is getting feedback from people who are professionally involved about the ways they communicate and which methods of communication they feel are important- and by 'they', we mean everyone on this forum! We would really appreciate it if you could take the time to fill out this short survey for us. Your feedback will help us understand how professionals in this field can effectively communicate with other like-minded professionals.  If you have any questions, please feel free to ask them in this thread. We will be monitoring for responses. Thank you for your time!
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Re: WaSH Communication Survey (by a group of undergraduate students at North Carolina State University)

Wow!! That is quite a questionnaire you have. 
Could you please elaborate on the purpose of the survey and how the findings will be used. Thanks!!

I am also curious to know what is the unit of your analysis. The questionnaire indicates that it is a group/organisation.

However, communication efforts are often led by the individual who leads the organisation and their take on how to communicate and media appropriate to reach their audience will directly affect how the organisation communicates.  Further, in many organisations, the leaders also directly communicate through their personal personal handles/accounts.  I am wondering if this has been considered.

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Hi paresh,

Our survey does have a lot of questions, but none of them are required. We are happy to hear people's answers to whatever questions they feel like answering!

Our group is made of two public relations focused undergraduate communications majors (Adia and Elaine), and one graduate student studying scientific and technical communication (Elizabeth). We are taking a public relations campaign class this semester, and are working to inform the Global WaSH research cluster at our university how they can best communicate with potential funders, other researchers, other research groups, industry, and potential students. So the purpose of this survey is to try to get some of that information from people actively involved in WaSH, so we can analyze it and tell our cluster how the best ways to reach those audiences I just listed. The findings will be used in our final audience analysis and recommendation report to the cluster.

I think by 'unit of analysis' you are asking at what organizational level we are asking for communication feedback- if that's wrong, please correct me. We have worded the questions to say 'group/organization' both because we are interested in responses at that level, and because our understanding is that most WaSH practitioners are part of some sort of organization, be it a research group, university, government office, or something else. We would also welcome responses from people who are individual practitioners, as that is another audience our university's research cluster would like to talk to.

Thank you for letting us know that leaders often communicate through their personal handles/accounts. That is the sort of information that is very helpful to us. We wrote the survey under the impression that most organizations would have some sort of account (emailing list for newsletters, social media, etc) specific to the organization. We also want to know where WaSH practitioners get their information from, and what makes different people and groups different. So even if whoever is answering the survey is not in charge of communications, they might be able to say what makes their work unique, or where they get updates from.

I hope this has answered your questions. Please feel free to ask anything else, and thank you for taking the time to ask!

Regards,
Elizabeth
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Hi Adia, Elaine and Elizabeth,

I've filled in your survey now. What is the deadline? You might want to try to promote it a bit more (by posting in this thread) if you're still looking for more responses. I find that Twitter could also be a good tool to advertise it (you'd have to get people or organisations with many followers to tweet about it).

You had some interesting questions in the survey! I've copied the questions below as this might encourage some others to take part, or to discuss this further. And please let us know the outcomes of your survey later.

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Elisabeth

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What is your profession or occupation?

What is your role in addressing Sustainability Goal 6, ensuring access to clean water and sanitation for all?

Which WaSH groups or organizations are you a part of?

What makes your WaSH group or organization unique?

How does your research or work fit within your WaSH group, and what makes it unique?

Which groups of people (other scientists, researchers, organizations, students and faculty at your school, industry professionals, the general public, etc.) do you think it is important for your WaSH organization to have a good reputation with?

Who are your primary audiences (the groups of people that you most want to communicate with)?

Who are your secondary audiences (the groups of people that you want to communicate with, but aren't as high priority)?

How do you think your group/organization targets their audience(s)?

If you were in charge of communications for your group/organization, how would you attract funders?

How do you find new research or developments within your field? *
- Newsletter from other research clusters
- Peer Reviewed Journal
- General News Outlets
- Conferences, Symposiums, and/or Events
- Social Media- including LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram
- Blogs
- Word of Mouth
- Other:

If you answered "Newsletter" for ways you learn of new research, which newsletters do you subscribe to?

How important is it for a WaSH group to have a newsletter?

How important is it for a WaSH group to have a LinkedIn account?

How important is it for a WaSH group to have a Facebook account?

How important is it for a WaSH group to have a Twitter account?

How important is it for a WaSH group to have a Instagram account?
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Re: WaSH Communication Survey (by a group of undergraduate students at North Carolina State University)

Hi Elisabeth,

Thank you for taking the time to fill out our survey! We appreciate the tip about Twitter. Unfortunately, we are only collecting responses through November 12, as our semester is quickly drawing to a close. 

We will post the anonymized results of the survey after our semester is over. We hope that they will be helpful to you.

Regards,
Adia, Elaine, and Elizabeth
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Good morning. thanks. Happy to note that such an effort is under pipeline. Requesting the concerned groups to send me the scope and objective of the WaSH communication survey to my email id with the checklist so that ican respond. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Balan

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Dr. Balan is a Governance and Institutional expert with more than three decades of working experience in WASH, waste management and developmental sector (25 years in South Asia and 15 years in Middle East and North Africa Region). He was with the International Civil Service Commission and held several senior positions with UNDP, UNICEF, World Bank, ADB etc and worked as consultant with several bilateral agencies.

In 2008 he was assigned to work as the Sector Strategy and Coordination Advisor in Sudan for UNICEF and UNDP. He was Team leader and member of several planning, evaluation and capacity assessment missions at national and international level supported by United Nations, ADB, and Bilateral agencies.

He was also the Program Director of International Institute of Waste Management (IIWM), Bhopal (from 2012 to 2016) and former Vice President of National Solid Waste Association of India (NSWAI). He is the President of Global Society for Health Promotion and Education.
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