Membership survey to determine attitudes towards the activities of the group

In 2012 the executive of the group decided to undertake a survey of members' attitudes towards the activities of the group and to seek suggestions about how the needs of members might be better served. An electronic survey questionnaire was developed. Invitations to respond to the electronic survey were sent by email to 105 men and 5 women on 9 September 2012. The 105 men were those on our membership list who, according to our records, met both these criteria:  
  1. had attended at least one of our regular monthly meetings, and
     
  2. had been diagnosed with prostate cancer or were concerned that they may have prostate cancer
The 5 women were on our membership list which indicated that they were carers or partners that met all these three criteria:  
  1. they had attended at least one of our regular monthly meetings, and
     
  2. they were partners or carers of men who had either been diagnosed with prostate cancer or were concerned that they may have prostate cancer, and
     
  3. they were NOT carers or partners of one of the 105 men mentioned above
The invitations to respond were sent by email on 9 September 2012. The cut-off date was 22 September 2012. By that date, responses had been received from 46 people - a 42% response rate. A summary of the responses collected can be downloaded from our web site here as a 280 KB PDF file. A 300 KB PDF file showing the content of the questionnaire can be downloaded from our web site here.  

After the Group's executive has considered all the results an evaluation of the implications will be developed and posted on our web site. That evaluation will be the subject of a discussion at a regular monthly meeting in early 2013.
  It was pointed out at the regular monthly meeting on 17 October 2012 that taken as a whole, the results appear to indicate that the activities of the group appear to be well regarded and of considerable value to our membership. However, there do appear to be additional things that might be done and some things that might be done a little differently for the benefit of men and their partners or carers.

Our thanks to those people who responded to the survey.