The ‘Hands Up’ Travel Survey asks students how they got to school on a non-event day morning. Surveys can be conducted by various people including students from your leadership team, teachers or parent volunteers. Make sure every student present on survey day is included.
The following sections answer some of the big questions about doing a hands up survey. Download the pdf below for even more information.
What do we need to do & how?
The simplest way to fill out the survey is to use our handy online Hand Up Survey tool which can be filled out on a tablet, a laptop or even a smartphone. Have a chat with your school champion and get them to log in, then you can take the device from class to class, enter in the data and press "Submit survey". It's that easy!
However, if you haven't got a device handy, you can also download the printable PDF version below and fill out a paper based survey. Just keep in mind that if you do it this way, somebody at your school will still need to enter all of the information into the online Hands Up Survey tool.
Make sure you notify teachers of the survey a few days before via staff meetings and bulletins, but don’t alert students prior to the day – this would bias results. A reminder over the PA can also help to support student survey teams or parent volunteers that are entering classes.
On survey day, log in and create a new survey for your school, name it and click "Add class row" to create enough lines for the number of classrooms your school has. Using a portable device, simply walk around each classroom to complete your survey.
Once complete, press submit and you you can get immediate feedback about how your school is tracking. Export the visual report as a pdf and share it with your school community via email, at assembly or by including the information in your school newsletter. You might like to report on the results if the goal you previously set was met and then set another small goal to improve on your results!
When should we survey?
Hands Up Survey data should be collected at the beginning of Term 1 and the end of Term 4 each year – you’ll receive 20 bonus points each time you provide this data.
Run the survey on a normal school day where you won’t be promoting walking, riding, scooting, skating or taking the bus to school. Check the weather forecast in advance and avoid extreme weather days. Each classroom should be surveyed on the same date.
Why do we survey?
Survey data is a great way to see what progress your school is making towards changing the behaviour of your whole school community. The data can be used to set small goals for the number of students who walk, ride, scoot, skate and take public transport to school.
Survey data is collated for all schools that take part in the program to see what is happening in schools across Western Australia! Your data is really important to us!
You may also like to do additional surveys for your own purposes, such as prior to any school activity and afterwards, to monitor changes. Survey result information can be very powerful throughout ongoing campaigns when communicated visually.