What is a hands up survey?

A hands up survey is a quick and easy way to survey a large group of people, allowing them to raise their hand to express their answer in response to your question.

When to conduct the survey?

You need to ensure that all participants of your project are part of this group survey at least once. Depending on how your activities are structured you should conduct the survey at the end of each session (i.e. you’re running drop in or one-off sessions) or at the end of the programme (i.e. you’re running a course with the same participants over a few sessions).

How to conduct the survey

Before the survey

  • Please take some time to familiarise yourself with the survey form
  • Fully complete all the boxes at the top of each survey. This information is essential for data analysis
  • Confirm with all participants that they agree to respond to the survey
  • The hands up survey is not an individual survey and one form should be used for each session/group of people in attendance.

Conducting the survey

  • To ensure the group is ready to respond, read all the questions and possible answers through once before asking participants to raise their hands
  • If you feel more comfortable asking questions in a different language or tone, or even explaining the questions in more detail, this is fine as long as it does not alter the question that is being asked or bias the question in any way
  • Please do not use this form for individuals; this form is intended to be used with groups only
  • Questions 1-6 should be completed with numbers, not ticks

After the survey

  • Check through the form ensuring all fields are fully completed and that all questions have been asked
  • Please check that the total number of responses is the same for each question and equals the number of participants taking part in the survey
  • Include results of the survey through the mid and end of year monitoring reports, as set out in the Monitoring Requirements.
Hands up counting techniques

There are a number of counting techniques that may help you when conducting the survey. Use appropriate methods that suit yourself and the age/ability of the participants. The methods below are mostly designed to help with large groups of children, but some of them may also be appropriate for groups of adults.

·       Sitting down

Ask participants to sit at tables or on the floor (if appropriate) in a horseshoe shape. This makes it easier to see and count each participant in the group.

·      Stretch

Ask participants to stretch their hands really high, thus making them more visible.

·       Stand up/sit down

Ask participants to stand up or sit down instead of raising their hands. Again, this makes it easier to see and count each person in the group.