Department of Psychology


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What will be on the survey?

    This survey contains asks volunteer about their feelings and reactions to organizational processes, behaviors, demographics, etc. Using these data, we can inform you about where your organization is excelling and where and how your organization can develop and grow.

  • Who should take the survey?

    You should distribute this survey to all of your volunteers; this information can be crucial in making decisions regarding where to direct your attention and resources. However, if you are only interested in a particular subset of volunteers, you can distribute it to them. This latter method will tell you less about your volunteer program as a whole but more about that particular group of volunteers.

  • Why, as a volunteer coordinator, should I use this survey?

    This survey is useful to you because it will inform you about the makeup of your volunteer base, including where you’re getting your volunteers, how effective your recruiting methods are, and the quality of your staff-volunteer interactions. We at VPA-WSU understand that volunteer coordinators are challenged for time and resources, and we view this diagnostic tool through which we can provide you with an overall volunteer program assessment with minimal legwork on your part.

  • What will VPA do with your volunteer data?

    We will provide a report to you based on the data generated through the survey. In addition, we will likely use the data to conduct scientific research; however, we will remove any identities (personal and organizational) from the data before using the data for research presentations and publications. All research will fall under Institutional Review Board ethical guidelines. We take your privacy (and your right not to be studied) very seriously.

  • What if I don’t have the time to go through with the process? I am interested, but I have a tight schedule.

    We are sensitive to the needs of our clients and can work around your schedule. Also, we can change the dates that the steps occur on if need be. It is important to discuss any time constraints or possible difficulties at the beginning of the VPA process to allow your consultant to adjust for these issues.

  • How often can my organization take the survey?

    We recommend doing a follow-up survey six months to a year after administering the original survey to measure change on survey dimensions. Also, we like to measure how effective our recommendations have been at helping you improve your organization.

  • What's in it for Wright State University?

    Our primary motivation is truly one of outreach and support of the nonprofit community. Additionally, the VPA program helps Wright State University reach its goals of supporting the academic, career, and personal goals of the university’s students.