Survey Basics and Best Practices for Park and Recreation Agencies

Be the first to review this product

Survey Basics and Best Practices for Park and Recreation Agencies will provide a brief overview on how to develop and distribute a survey. It reviews the reasons for surveying and how to construct, conduct, and use the survey data.





Surveys are an important tool for park and recreation agencies to better understand the perceptions, attitudes, behaviors, and desires of the communities they serve. Surveys can inform a park and recreation agency on the public perception of the agency itself, a particular park or facility, or a future park or facility. They can determine positive or negative feelings the community has toward parks, facilities, or programs. Surveys can also shed light on the community’s use of parks, faciltiies, and programs as well as the use of different methods for recieiving information about the agency or its assets. Surveys can also be useful for generating new ideas and identifying what the community would like to have in the future. Lastly, they can also be used to gain the opinion of a specific population within the community. This information can be very useful for strategic planning in an agency.

In this course you will learn about why you should use surveys, how to construct an effective survey, and how to use the data you collect via surveys to make smart decisions.

Course Schedule

This course is self-paced allowing you flexibility in the time needed to complete the course. You decide the order and progression you’d like to take, allowing you to revisit and review sections in greater depth as needed.

Elements of the course:

  • Informational text
  • Learn more opportunities
  • Real-life examples
  • Informal assessment quizzes
  • Final assessment
  • Following the course, you will complete an assessment which requires you to demonstrate your understanding of key course concepts. Upon successful completion of the assessment you will be awarded an electronic certificate of completion.

    Course Chapters:

    • Why Use Surveys to Gather Information?
    • Developing a Survey
    • Constructing a Quality Survey
    • Conducting Survey Research
    • Applying Survey Data
    • Conclusion

    Course Objectives

    After completing this course, learners should be able to:

    • Describe the value of surveys and data
    • Describe the process of constructing a quality survey
    • Describe how to properly conduct survey research
    • Explain how to apply survey data to your organization

    Recommended Background

    This course is intended for park and recreation agency employees, but may be applicable to those in similar fields. There are no required prerequisites to take this course.


    Aside from an internet connection, what resources will I need for the course?

    No additional resources are required for this course.

    Will I get a certificate after completing the course?

    Yes! All courses include a final assessment to evaluate your understanding of key course concepts. A certificate of completion will be offered to you if you complete the assessment with a score of 80% or higher.

    Why should I take this course?

    Each Eppley e-course is designed collaboratively among experienced instructional designers, subject matter experts, and our partner organizations and institutions. The course curriculum includes current information and best practices in the field, and it is recognized by national leaders in parks, recreation, and land management. Not only will this course benefit your career by expanding your knowledge base, but it will also enhance your application and problem-solving skills.

    For more frequently asked questions, please visit our Help Center.


Write Your Own Review

You're reviewing: Survey Basics and Best Practices for Park and Recreation Agencies

How do you rate this product? *

  1 star 2 stars 3 stars 4 stars 5 stars