Stakeholder Survey

So, I've been terribly absent from the Launch Pad lately, with only one post in the last two weeks! I can offer a reasonable excuse, though: between a trip to Europe, a mini family reunion in DC, and the Northrop Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge Team Summit (about which you'll read more later) we held earlier this week, I've hardly had a moment at the computer.

However, you may recall from my last post here that the purpose of my European trip last week was to visit with the students from the International Space University's Space Studies Program (formerly known as the Summer Session). Among the three team project choices presented to this year's students is a project studying the Google Lunar X PRIZE, so I went over to speak to those students, share some information with them, and help them understand where their work could be most helpful.

Just prior to my trip over there, the students had gone through an internal review, in which the students charted out the expected direction of their research, and the faculty provided detailed feedback.

During that session, the faculty had recommended that the students take a small, informal research tool the students had used to organize their own thoughts, and really expand it to make it a more broadly applicably and more accurate set of data. Out of that conversation, the students have developed and published an online survey designed to gather data about which groups will derive which benefits and have to address which concerns as relevant to the Google Lunar X PRIZE.

It's an interesting survey. I encourage you to check it out!

I'm hopeful that the ISU students will offer up some guest blogs here on the Launch Pad, so stay tuned!

mike fabio said...

I just wanted to throw in some comments about this survey.

First, I think the data being collected is extremely valuable, and I would love to see what is gathered from this.

Second, I think the survey design is confusing and may lead to skewed or inaccurate data. For instance, the matrix at the end asks specifically for 10 boxes to be checked. Can I check them anywhere in the matrix? Should I consider myself as only a single stakeholder? Why the specific order of stakeholders from left to right? My guess is that the majority of answers on this portion of the survey will skew toward the left side of the matrix. It may have been better to allow for any number of boxes to be checked, and for the ordering to be randomized for every user. Given that I am personally involved in the X PRIZE Foundation, I am more likely to check boxes pertaining to that, while ignoring the boxes pertaining to, say, TED.

What is the purpose of the demographic data collection? How can this be used to correlate to other data?

Keep up the good work. If anybody from the ISU team or otherwise has some input on this, I'd love to hear it.

blog comments powered by Disqus