User surveys are a great, straightforward way to measure people’s thoughts and experiences, but unfortunately, it’s getting harder to realize high participation rates. Following a few simple steps could make all the difference in getting more responses. First off, is your survey’s purpose clearly defined, do you explain how findings will be used and are instructions included? Just as importantly, do you note that answers will remain anonymous? Another consideration is length. Keep surveys as quick as possible, but honestly report the estimated time to complete upfront, even if it’s on the longer side. People are less likely to quit if they know the time commitment going in. If it’s a very long survey, see if your software allows the ability to pause and come back to finish later. Finally, offering some type of incentive for survey completion can be a great participation booster. Want more tips? Tune in for Part 2 of this post next week as we share ideas for getting better survey results.