Evaluating Long-term Impact with Surveys

Are you making a lasting difference?

Impact is the difference that people and organizations make in the world (see fasttrackimpact.com). Long-term impact is about the impacts that can stand the test of time. Accurately capturing long-term impact through surveys is a specialized craft that requires advanced training. This combined workshop and online course is designed to equip you with tried and tested methods of gathering robust long-term impact evidence.

Ever wonder what long-term impact evidence would look like for your activity, project or intervention? This hands-on training course provides practical guidance on how to develop high-quality long-term impact evaluations using surveys, in line with well-established principles of good practice.

The trainer, Dr Eric Jensen, has more than 20 years of experience conducting survey research and impact evaluations across a wide diversity of settings, contexts and types of participants. He has been a trusted impact evaluation expert for government agencies (e.g. UNESCO, Science Foundation Ireland; Arts Council England), research funders (e.g. UK Research and Innovation), professional associations (e.g. the Association of Science and Technology Centers; World Association of Zoos and Aquariums), public engagement institutions (e.g., the Exploratorium; National Gallery; Natural History Museum; Science Museum Group) and universities (e.g., University of Cambridge; University of Oxford). Whatever long-term impact evaluation challenges you are facing, he has probably seen it many times before and can recommend solutions.

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What is included with workshop registration

The live workshop gives you the opportunity to develop your long-term impact evaluation plans in a supportive environment with other professionals and direct engagement with the trainer. The online course provides learning resources prepared for you by Dr Jensen to give you the key information you need about principles and techniques of survey design for impact measurement, along with worked examples.

When you register for this training workshop, you will receive the following:

  • Live 3-hour online workshop on evaluating long-term impact with surveys led by Dr Eric Jensen.

    Dates available (choose at registration page):

  • A six-month subscription to an online training module by Dr. Jensen, with 16 hours of independent learning on survey design, including practical examples and activities.
  • Useful readings, such as the survey design chapter from Dr. Jensen’s book: Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research (SAGE).
  • Example impact evaluation survey questions and designs you can borrow and adapt for your work.

Expertise and experience of the trainer

Dr Eric Jensen is author of Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research (SAGE) and co-author of Doing Research in the Real World (5th Ed., forthcoming). He has extensive experience designing and conducting survey research and evaluations as a trainer and consultant for institutions including UNESCO, the European Space Agency, CERN, Science Foundation Ireland, Arts Council England, University of Cambridge Medical School, University of Oxford, California State University, Australia National University, the National Gallery, London Zoo, San Diego Zoo Global and Natural History Museum. His impact studies have been published in leading scientific journals, such as Nature, PLOS ONE, Conservation Letters and Conservation Biology.

Jensen’s Ph.D. is in Sociology from the University of  Cambridge. He has taught survey research methods at the University of Cambridge, University of Oxford, Utrecht University, University of Copenhagen, University of Aalborg, Universidad de Chile, Universidad Autonoma de Mexico (UNAM), California State University, University of São Paulo and the University of  Warwick. Jensen has delivered invited training workshops on survey research and evaluation methods around the world. His particular specialism is impact evaluation in the context of evidence-based science communication.

What to expect from the live workshop

During the workshop, you will be able to draft and develop your impact evaluation approach and start preparing survey questions in a supportive setting with guidance from expert trainers.

Brief refresher presentations about impact evaluation principles and techniques will be part of the session. Bring your specific impact survey-related concerns and challenges, so that they can be addressed in the live session.

What to expect from the online survey design course

This professionally designed course introduces how, why and when to use surveys for evaluation and how to avoid common pitfalls in survey design. It addresses the following:

  • Why use surveys for evaluation
  • When you shouldn’t use surveys for evaluation.
  • How to develop a “good” survey question and response options.
  • Avoiding common pitfalls in survey design: How to spot a bad survey question and response options.
  • Using open-ended questions in your survey.
  • Using online, iPad-based and automated surveys.
  • Pilot testing your survey.

You will be able to access this self-paced online course on your own schedule to supplement and extend your learning from the live workshop.

Dr Eric Jensen

Dr. Eric Jensen is an internationally-recognised social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Dr Eric A. Jensen is a social scientist with a PhD from the University of Cambridge in sociology. Author of Doing Real Research: A Practical Guide to Social Research (SAGE), Dr Jensen brings extensive methodological expertise in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods social research and evaluation. Jensen has been working in science communication research and practice since 2001, beginning with a National Science Foundation-funded project on International Ethics and Equity Issues Relating to Biotechnology. ensen has delivered hundreds of training workshops on evaluation methods and evidence-based science communication, as well as leading and consulting on projects large and small on public engagement with research, impact evaluation, socially responsible research and environmental communication. Jensen’s latest book is Science Communication: An introduction. He works on the Responsible Research and Innovation Networking Globally social research project as a Senior Research Fellow at ICoRSA. He is part-time professor at the University of Warwick and visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Psychological Research of Sigmund Freud University.

Research Methods
Impact Evaluation
Survey Design
Qualitative Methods
Quantitative Methods

Dr Aaron M Jensen Senior Researcher & Business Analyst

Dr Aaron M. Jensen has a multi-­disciplinary professional and educational background. He has experience in contemporary social research, advanced evaluation methods, and the development and application of innovative digital technologies to deliver research projects efficiently, effectively and at scale.

He specialises in mixed methods, survey methodology and how to engage participants in online research. He is skilled in statistical analysis and reporting from quantitative data. He often works at the intersection between research, business and technical teams to ensure robust methodologies, data management and data protection (GDPR).

Aaron has coordinated R&D as co-founder of Qualia Analytics, a global technology social enterprise, and codesigned proprietary digital technology for research process automation, enabling advanced data collection protocols and cross-organisational benchmarking. He is trustee and co-founder of Insitute for Methods Innovation, a registered charity (not-for-profit) with the mission of thought-leadership in evaluation and social research methods.

He has delivered market research projects and influential reports for government and non-profit institutions, such as European Space Agency, Science Foundation Ireland, the UK government’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Arts Council England, the National Coordinating Centre for Public Engagement.

He holds an undergraduate in psychology from the US, master’s degree in marketing and PhD in entrepreneurship psychology (both in the UK).

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Research Methods
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Automated Evaluation
Idiographic Methods

Participation notes

This is a hands-on workshop with a maximum number of 30 available places, with multiple facilitators. If you would like detailed guidance on the full range of evaluation methods you can use, this self-paced online course will be useful: Public Engagement Evaluation Course

How To Reserve Your Place

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Concessionary (student & unemployed) €89.00
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Dr Eric Jensen
Dr Eric Jensen

Dr. Eric Jensen is an internationally-recognised social scientist specializing in innovative methods of conducting impact evaluation research in informal learning and public engagement contexts.

Dr Aaron M Jensen
Dr Aaron M Jensen

Dr Aaron M. Jensen has a multi-­disciplinary professional and educational background. He has experience in contemporary social research, advanced evaluation methods, and the development and application of innovative digital technologies to deliver research projects efficiently, effectively and at scale.