Each Wednesday for 6 weeks, the Measurement and Analytics Certificate Program goes well beyond simply measuring the effectiveness of communication. You will also learn how to build research into the beginning of your planning process in ways that are fast, easy and inexpensive. At the end of communication campaigns that involve audience behavior changes, you’ll be able to calculate the marginal ROI on your organization’s communication investment.
I’m always perplexed when I see communicators saying they want to stop pushing their newsletters by email, or replace email with social media, or replace their intranet with apps without first researching the appropriateness of the channels to the content or the needs and preferences of their employees.
A communication audit survey should include questions about how effectively messages are getting through and about how effective the channels carrying the messages are. You can create about 80% of the “right” survey questions based mostly on the messages/campaigns/topics your department is supposed to be communicating and the channels your job involves managing.
A needs analysis isn’t terribly different from a communication audit. The first time you conduct a communication audit, while you are developing a baseline measurement of what is working, you are also identifying what audience needs are not being met.
Q: I have an opportunity to design and implement a thorough audit of employee communications for the quality department at a major pharmaceutical corporation. I’ve never done one of these. Can you help me get started? Thanks. Clark Miller A: Dear Clark: An internal communication audit can include several or all of the following steps:
There are many factors affecting response rates on employee surveys, from the length of the survey to where it’s administered to incentives for completing it.