Easy Ideas for Church and Community Leaders
In Conducting the LSU Post-Katrina Community Survey
considering having your church or community participate in the LSU Katrina
Remember: We will provide a report
to you, as leaders, of the percentaged results of the survey for your church
We know how busy everyone is, so we’ve
made the survey as easy to run as possible.
There are 2
versions of the survey:
You simply distribute copies to members, who fill them out and return
them to you. We will pick them up from
you and compile the data (they will be scannable). The paper version can be printed out from this
On the internet on the LSU Survey Lab website. The start page is www.lsukatrinasurvey.com or www.lsu.edu/katrinasurvey. Your members simply go there and take the
A Simple & Easy Method for doing the Survey
- Put a notice in your church bulletin,
neighborhood association newsletter, website & email lists. (Here are notices you can use for Churches
or for Neighborhood
- Announce at services or neighborhood
meetings that you will be distributing paper copies of the survey. (Here
is a copy of the questionnaire you can print out.)
- Distribute the copies and ask members
to bring the completed surveys back to church or to a convenient
neighborhood location. Ask all members age 18 and over in
the household to complete the survey.
- Variant: Ask
block captains or volunteers to distribute paper copies of the survey
to neighbors, and then return to pick up the completed surveys.
- Variant: If
you provide social services, give the paper version of the survey to
clients. You can ask case
managers to distribute and collect the surveys, or you can distribute
them at your service location.
- We will come and pick up the the
completed surveys from you.
- In the meantime, members reach out to
family and friends who have not returned, and ask them to take the
Here are some
- Spread the Word. It’s useful to keep the
announcement posted, and to give short reminders, for 4-8 weeks.
- Reach Out. Ask members to tell their family and
friends about the survey – especially
those who have not returned. This is how you can learn more about
their reasons, what their needs are, and how you can help them come back.
- Help Each Other.
to help each other take the survey.
Those with internet access could take the survey themselves, and
then conduct the survey by phone with another family member or
- Volunteers. Ask your lay leaders, block captains,
volunteers, interns, or youth organization to help spread the word and
distribute the survey. You could
set up a table in a church vestibule, from which volunteers could hand
out surveys as members leave services, or at a table at a neighborhood meeting.
- Run a story
about the survey in your church newspaper or neighborhood
- If you provide social or relief services, offer the survey to clients who come
in for help.
encouraging your church or community to participate! For us as social
scientists, it’s great to be able to put our research into the hands of
people who can actually use it to help their members!
The LSU Katrina
survey online: www.lsukatrinasurvey.com
printable version of the survey: http://www.lsu.edu/katrinasurvey/lsukatrinasurvey-nolageneral.pdf
for a Church or Neighborhood association: www.lsu.edu/katrinasurvey/KatrinaSurveyChurchAnnouncement.htm
under the title, “Reconstituting
Community”. (See the subsection, “Resources,” for this document and all the links in it.)