"Your Voice" Volunteer Survey 2017

What is the "Your Voice" Survey?

The information gathered from the survey provides valuable insights into people's experiences as volunteers, perceptions of systems, and support, guidance and recognition received. It helps inform our organisational planning, and improve our processes.

Why are we running the survey?

We want to understand your experiences as a volunteer, to identify strengths that should be celebrated as well as how we can make improvements. Ultimately it is about ensuring that volunteers' experience with Cancer Council Victoria is as good as possible.

Who should complete the survey?

All those who volunteer with Cancer Council Victoria on an ongoing basis (i.e. more than one off instance) are invited to participate.

In 2017 we're particularly focusing on Relay for Life Committee Chairs and lead volunteers, leaders and secretaries of Regional Volunteer Fundraising Groups, in-house volunteers, Board members and honorary researchers.

When will the survey run?

The survey will open on Monday 1 May for two weeks until Friday 12 May 2017.

How can I participate?

A survey link for the Volunteer Survey will have been emailed to you. Simply clink on the link or copy and paste the link into your internet browser, and follow the prompts to complete the survey.

How long will the survey take?

The survey will take about 15- 20 minutes to complete.

What can I expect to happen following the survey?

Cancer Council Victoria will use the results of the volunteer survey to inform action

Is the survey anonymous and confidential?

Yes, the survey is anonymous and confidential. The survey is administered by Voice Project and the data is analysed by them. Only aggregated scores from groups with 6 or more respondents will be reported. Responses from individual surveys will NOT be reported to Cancer Council Victoria.

The end of this survey contains several demographic questions that will be used to analyse differences in responses across different groups within Cancer Council Victoria and nationally. The demographic questions will NOT be used to identify individuals and we will NOT be given access to individual demographic data.

Your free-text comments are included in the report and will be grouped by work area where there are 6 or more respondents. Voice Project consultants are bound by the code of conduct and ethical guidelines of the Australian Psychological Society, and the Psychology Board of Australia.

Why do you ask demographic questions?

We ask a set of OPTIONAL demographic questions to understand the diversity of volunteers at Cancer Council Victoria. Additionally, we may use aggregate data to address targeted issues within the organisation - for example, to understand any overall differences in experience between male and female volunteers to identify actions we can take to improve equity between groups.

Is the survey valid?

The "Your Voice" survey was developed by researchers at Voice Project and Macquarie University. The psychometric support for the reliability and validity of the tool has been published in the Australian Journal of Psychology, a peer-review journal. In addition, the survey has been administered to over 2600 organisations to date. If you have specific question about the tool, please contact enquiries@voiceproject.com.au.

Is the survey compulsory?

No, the survey is not compulsory. However, we strongly encourage you to participate, so that we may get a high response rate. This will make sure that we are acting on collective feedback, and that any actions taken reflect the views of all volunteers, rather than the voice of just a few.

How will the data be used?

The data will reside with Voice Project. Voice Project may consider using the data for benchmarking or research purposes. Again, at no time will individuals or organisations be directly or indirectly identified in published research.

Who is Voice Project?

Voice Project is a third party research and consulting company headquartered at Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia. They are assisting in the design, administration, data collection, analysis, and reporting of the results from this year's survey.

Who should I contact if I have more questions?

If you have any questions about this survey please contact: