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Surveys for Families

Discover how family and community surveys can improve family engagement, satisfaction, and communication.

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Engage families to improve classrooms

It is almost universally recognized by educators that when families partner with schools to support learning, schools improve. Most notably, students show higher achievement levels, absenteeism is lessened, and dropout rates decrease. Most studies show that the relationship between family engagement and academic and socio-emotional improvement holds across grade level, parent education, ethnicity, and income (Belfield & Levin, 2007; Barton, 2007, Jeynes, 2007; Wang & Sheikh- Khalil, 2014; Wilder, 2014). As such, many schools around the country are striving to:

  • Increase opportunities for family engagement
  • Improve overall parental satisfaction
  • Ensure their school climate is positive and welcomes all families and children

However, most schools and districts lack the tools to either ensure steady attention to these aspirations or to measure progress. As a result, schools and districts often fall back on limited evidence from occasional parent surveys and anecdotal reports— this is not enough.

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Learn how Tripod's family surveys can inspire improvement and enrich learning experiences, and why they are an essential resource for schools and districts.

Collect Valuable Family Feedback

​​Tripod family surveys collect family perceptions of school climate, levels of satisfaction, perspectives about the quality of communication, and barriers to engagement. Feedback can be collected annually or through short, pulse surveys distributed on a weekly, bi-weekly, or monthly basis. Family surveys address the following issues:
  • Provides a communication platform
    Tripod's surveys open lines of communication between families and district administration that may not already exist.
  • Engages additional groups for feedback
    Historically, there has been incredible pressure on districts and schools to focus on student and teacher feedback and data, this survey allows districts to tap into a whole new group that is looking for a platform to provide their feedback.
  • Creates opportunity for feedback loops

    Regular collection of feedback can allow for parents/families to provide feedback on current issues/problems or questions in the district and the frequent reporting allows districts and schools to provide a prompt response.

  • Esablishes a confidential platform for candid feedback
    Our surveys provide families with the opportunity to share candid feedback in a confidential way, providing a new platform to provide feedback to district administrators for families who might have previously not felt comfortable providing feedback.
  • Offers a representative view
    In many districts, feedback from families and parents might come from an unrepresentative group of families. Our random sampling of families provides the district with a wider group of participants.

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Tripod Family Engagement Survey

Tripod partners with schools and districts to gather input from families about their experiences and perspectives on several aspects of their children’s schools. Feedback includes family engagement, satisfaction, stress and anxiety, and communication. Surveys can be administered regularly and district and school leaders can access feedback in real-time, via our online data dashboards.

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Tripod Family Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey

The Tripod Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion family survey is designed to capture family perceptions of diversity, equity and inclusion issues in their school. Schools and districts use this data to get a clearer picture of how diversity, equity, and inclusion impact different families. Data from this Tripod survey can help inform school or district wide DEI improvement initiatives or strategic planning.

Looking for more surveys?

Our Tripod Suite of Surveys includes almost a dozen different survey tools. We also work with districts to design and deliver custom-built surveys to meet the needs of your district or school.

Contact us to learn more.

What Our Partners Say

“We firmly believe that student voice has an important place in school improvement efforts. Tripod’s classroom-level instruments already drive professional growth and evaluation in our district, and we look forward to adding school climate data to our toolkit as we work to establish and maintain environments in which all teachers can teach and all students can learn.” - Pittsburgh Public Schools
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“We would recommend [the Tripod] services to other districts or agencies that are looking to provide meaningful student feedback to teachers and schools.” - District of Columbia Public Schools IMPACT Team, which worked with Tripod over the last 5 years to administer the 7Cs student perception survey to over 25,000 students annually
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“They have been instrumental in helping us better understand the dynamic and ever evolving student experience at the school…. I would recommend their services to any school or school district looking for reliable, trustworthy partners to help shape their program with more data-informed strategies.” “Extremely positive experience.” - Mike Barker Director of Institutional Research for Harvard Westlake School (#1 Private School on
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