As school employees we hear about data regularly. This can seem like a daunting topic for schools counselors. At my middle school we had two new counselors, myself included, and one who has been at the school for several years. We decided that we really needed to do a needs assessment to see what our students needed from our program as well as how they view the counseling department at the start of the year (a little late posting!).
We used Google Drive to help us complete this task in a matter of 2 days! It was awesome. We decided to have students complete our survey electronically since it would be the easiest way to compile the data quickly and accurately. We also paired our survey with the Gallop Poll. We set aside 2 days for students to file into our computer labs. Typically they click on a link to open the Gallop Poll, fill it out, and leave. This year we had 2 pre-set links set up on the computer screen. The first went to the Gallop Poll and the second one went to our Google survey. We were able to see the data from our survey instantly. We had students complete it anonymously. We had several goals in mind when creating the survey. One was to see what students felt they were struggling with the most and then build activities within our program based on the data.
If you are finding it difficult to complete a needs assessment do what we did – try to find a time that most students will be completing something. This could be the Gallop Poll like us or another type of form like a Olweus Bullying Survey. Another option is to ask if you can have the first 10 minutes of a school day for students to complete a paper copy. It is possible. It just make take some thinking.
Want to learn how to use Google Drive? Check out The Counseling Geek’s youtube videos here.
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