I have now seen this survey. In fact I have a bag of them to deliver. So:
1. They are being delivered by hand, by volunteers like me. They are not being posted.
2. Because of the holiday period, some are delayed.
3. There isn't a closing date as such, however the survey says on it "Please post back today" so I imagine at some point there will be a cut-off to enable the results to be analysed.
4. Given the voluntary delivery, it is quite possible that some people may not receive the survey, depending on the number of volunteers and the time they have available. For example I am doing just three streets.
5. There is a covering letter from Helen Hayes (our local and very proactive MP) which focuses on the situation re postal deliveries in East Dulwich, outlines the background and states what steps have been taken so far to address it and try to improve things.
It includes at the end the sentence "Labour is committed to returning Royal Mail to public ownership as a public service focused on delivering for residents and businesses, rather than the poorly performing asset stripping company it has become since privatisation."
If you think that means "the Labour Party are trying to gain support" by sending out this survey, then so be it. It seems to me like a statement of fact which is very relevant to the local postal situation.
6. The survey is very short and easy to fill in. It consists of four questions which require a "Yes/No" answer. So no problems of analysis there.
There is a supplementary part to Question 4. The fifth question asks for any other comments.
So, Penguin68, yes there is a qualitative aspect to part of it. But if there wasn't, a lot of relevant information would be lost. With your great expertise in research methods, I'm sure you understand that. It is common to many surveys and other research, both commercial and academic, in my experience.
7. No it won't be a completely representative survey of the whole East Dulwich community. Some people won't receive the survey, due to the voluntary nature of its delivery (see above). Some people who have had problems will receive it but won't send it back. Some people will not bother to return it because they haven't knowingly encountered any problems with their postal deliveries, so (a bit like online reviews) the results will be skewed towards the problems.
But despite all that, it WILL give an indication of how widespread the problems arising from the move from Sylvester Road to Peckham are, and the nature of them.
8. It does ask for personal details including the address, however given the nature of the questions it would be a bit stupid not to include that, wouldn't it, if the results are going to be communicated to Royal Mail in the hope of improving the delivery situation?
9. Overall, this could (and hopefully will) help improve the dire current situation with postal deliveries in SE22, so if you receive a survey, spare a thought for people like me trudging down streets to deliver them, and please fill it in and return it.
It's Freepost, so you won't need to pay anything, and the delivery address is in SE24, so hopefully it will arrive safely
ETA: The survey is the same for every ward, but will be headed differently depending on the ward.
So for example the one I am delivering is headed Goose Green.
This does not mean that the survey is only going to Goose Green ward.
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit was january 12, 11:57am by Sue.