YOUR VOICE 2013
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Your Voice Survey?
The Your Voice survey is your opportunity to tell the University what you think and inform a number of actions and strategic priorities now and into the future.
Why are we running the survey?
The results of the survey will provide the University insight into important issues within the organisation, and will highlight what we are doing well and also where we need to improve.
We will also be able to see how our results compare over time and against a benchmark group of other Universities.
Who should complete the survey?
All ongoing, fixed term (excluding agency contractors) and casual UoN staff are invited to complete the survey.
When will the survey run?
The survey will open on 8 October 2013 and close on 21 October 2013.
How can I participate?
You will receive an invitation by email from the Voice Project with a link to the survey. Simply click on the link, or copy and paste the link into your internet browser, and follow the prompts to complete the survey.
How long will the survey take?
The survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.
Who is Voice Project?
Voice Project is a third party research and consulting company headquartered at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. They are assisting in the design, administration, data collection, analysis, and reporting of the results from this year’s survey.
Is the survey confidential?
Yes, the survey is administered by Voice Project and the University will not know who has or has not completed the survey. All responses will be processed by Voice Project, who will analyse the results. Results will be analysed at the whole University level, and also by Faculty/Division, and School/Unit provided there are 10 or more responses at that level. To protect the confidentiality of responses, results will not be analysed where there are fewer than 10 responses in a group. Your comments to open ended questions may be included in the report and will be grouped by work area where there are 10 or more respondents.
Voice Project consultants are bound by the code of conduct and ethical guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society, and the Psychology Board of Australia.
Why do you ask demographic questions?
Information is collected so that results can be reported by Faculty/School and Division/Unit level. Results are only analysed for groups with 10 or more responses. Demographic information is NOT linked to responses in way that could identify individuals.
Is the survey valid?
The Your Voice survey was developed by researchers at Voice Project and Macquarie University. The psychometric support for the reliability and validity of the tool has been published in the Australian Journal of Psychology, a peer-review journal. In addition, the survey has been administered to over 2600 organisations to date. If you have specific question about the tool, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Is the survey compulsory?
No, the survey is not compulsory. However, we strongly encourage you to participate, so that we have a high response rate. This will make sure that we are acting on collective feedback, and that any actions taken reflect the views of all staff, rather than the voice of a vocal few.
How will the data be used?
The data will reside with Voice Project. Voice Project may consider using the data for benchmarking or research purposes. Again, at no time will individuals or organisations be directly or indirectly identified in published research.
How will the results be made available?
Voice Project will be sharing the overall results with the University’s Executive Team and then reports will be prepared for discussion at Faculty/School and Division/Unit level.
What can I expect to happen following the survey?
Senior management will work to address any University-wide issues that are identified. After results are shared with all staff, individual managers are expected to work with their teams to develop a set of priorities and ensure these are addressed within relevant Corporate Plans.
When will we do the survey again?
The full survey is conducted every three years, however we may conduct shorter versions of the survey more frequently to monitor organisational health on a more regular basis.
Who should I contact if I have more questions?
Please contact Your Voice project manager Natalie.A.Holmes@newcastle.edu.au n Planning, Quality and Reporting for more information.