Once you have figured out whom to invite for a survey of your law firm, law department, or organization, you need to let them know the survey is open and waiting, and that you would sincerely like them to take it. Nearly every sponsor does so by sending an invitational email. They might have to turn to a mailing list all ready to deploy (“All-Department”), or they might have to use bulk-mailing software such as Constant Contact or MailChimp. Ideally, several readers will have critiqued the draft email for how well it frames and energizes the survey project.
When you release an online survey to your law firm, law department, or legal service providers (outside counsel, vendors, consultants), what are the drawbacks if the responses you get back are anonymous? By “anonymous” I mean you cannot identify which member of your firm, department, or law-related vendor you invited to take part submitted which response. You did not ask them for their name, their email address, their organization, or another piece of identifying information, so the response is incognito.
So, what’s the problem?
Many surveys by law firms or law departments include one or more questions that must be answered. Why? Primarily, the sponsor believes that certain background information will play a crucial role in their analysis of the data, so they insist on respondents providing that information. “What is your level?“ “What is your practice department?”