The Office of Planning and Research offers its expertise to other areas of the college to assist with surveys and focus groups intended to evaluate and enhance Central Piedmont's programs and services. Our office ensures that survey instruments and focus groups are designed and implemented using best practices, and that the confidentiality of participants is maintained. We provide survey analysis and focus group outcomes for use in program and process improvement, assessment, planning, and decision-making.
Survey Design, Administration, and Analysis
The Office of Planning and Research provides survey consultation services to programs and departments interested in gathering information from our college constituents about their satisfaction and experiences with Central Piedmont programs and services. Our office provides support with developing survey instruments, advising on scheduling surveys for optimal data collection, assisting with or conducting survey administration, and analyzing collected data. Survey results are presented in the aggregate, without individually identifying information.
Focus Group Facilitation and Analysis
A focus group is a discussion with a small group of individuals (usually 6 to 10 people) led by a facilitator to gain information about the participants' views and experiences on a selected topic. The focus group services provided by the Office of Planning and Research includes assistance with developing focus group questions, facilitating focus group discussions, and providing analysis of the qualitative data which includes major themes and key take-aways from the discussions. Focus group outcomes are summarized and do not include individually identifying information.
Requestors are responsible for identifying and contacting potential focus group participants, scheduling focus group dates, and reserving meeting space.
Submit Request Form
To request assistance with survey development or focus group facilitation, complete the Planning and Research Request Form. Required information includes the purpose and goals of the survey or focus group, target audience, and intended timeframe.
For surveys, generally a minimum of five weeks is required from the submission of the Request Form to the completion of the survey results.