Leadership Inspirations Activities

Survey Says

Conduct a survey to learn about the community you serve


45+ minutes

Team Stage

Any Stage

Type Of Activity

Experiential Activity


Poster paper, markers, computer



Design and conduct a survey to learn information about the community that your group serves.



  • Have an initial conversation to define the community you want to learn about and what the focus of the survey will be.


  • Have participants brainstorm a list of all the things they want to find about through the survey.
  • Break participants into small groups and divide the ideas from the brainstorm among the groups.
  • Have each group come up with questions that, when answered, would provide information about the ideas from the brainstorm. There should be one question for each idea that the group was given from the brainstorm.
  • Bring the groups together and chart all of the questions they generated on a poster.
  • Refine and combine questions. If there are a lot of questions, use voting to narrow down the list to the most important ones.
    • Facilitator Note: While the group is refining questions, look out for leading questions or questions that are otherwise biased or problematic and help the group rewrite them to be more neutral and appropriate.
  • Once the question list is finalized, have the group come up with a survey distribution plan. The plan should include:
    • Who is going to be asked to participate?
    • How many responses should ideally be collected?
    • How is the survey going to be distributed?
    • How are the responses going to be collected?
    • How long will the survey be open for?
    • How will the results be summarized and analyzed?
  • The survey can be conducted online via a platform such as Survey Monkey. It can also be conducted in person via printed survey sheets or surveyors talking to participants and writing down their responses. Choose the method that is best for your group and community.
  • Once the responses have all been collected, summarize and analyze the results to see what you learned about your community.


  • Surveys can be conducted to learn about a community’s needs before an activity like a Community Benefit Project or Goal Setting. They can also be utilized after an event as an evaluation tool to measure the community’s response to the event.


  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?


  • Why is feedback important? What kind of feedback is important?
  • What does constructive/effective feedback look like?
  • How did positive/negative/or no feedback affect your success?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?