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Policy on surveying our members

For members and charities

The Royal College of Ophthalmologists is keen to help facilitate and support those who want to carry out surveys of the membership to obtain information that will ultimately be of benefit to our members or the broader ophthalmology community.

If you have an idea for a survey that you wish to undertake please submit this to the College using the Survey application form. This form requests:

  • A brief summary of your motivation to carry out the survey
  • Aims and Objectives
  • Intended Survey Population
  • Proposed analysis and dissemination of results.

Please return the completed form along with all questionnaires and associated documentation (such as covering letters etc.) or links to online questionnaires by email to barny.foot@rcophth.ac.uk

Applications will be reviewed and assessed to ensure that they are requesting meaningful information and the aims are achievable. Wherever possible the College will support requests for surveys, however we may limit the survey sample where considered appropriate. The review process will take three weeks.

The College will administer the electronic distribution of questionnaires and, where agreed, send out further reminders. Everyone carrying out a survey of College members will be required to provide a report detailing response rates and outcomes from the survey including how the information was disseminated.

A summary of all surveys accepted for distribution will be published on our website.

The College will charge a £100 administration fee for all surveys carried out.

We will not:

  • Share personal contact information
  • Send out surveys on behalf of commercial companies.
  • Send out postal questionnaires
  • Provide address labels

For further information or to discuss a survey proposal please contact barny.foot@rcophth.ac.uk