This strategy will help students to:

  • develop open-ended questions for a specific target group and analyse survey responses.

  • present information in a range of formats.


  1. Identify an issue or question related to a topic and devise a set of questions.

  2. Identify a group of people to interview (e.g. class members, parents, peers, school or community members).

  3. Students conduct the survey through observation, interviews or survey sheets.

  4. Students sort and compare the responses then assess the most effective way to communicate the information to others (e.g. graph, chart, written summary, school newsletter article, letter to families, PowerPoint presentation, poster).

  5. Students display and share the survey results with other students, families or the community with the aim to promote safer relationships and sexual health behaviours.


Letterbox survey

  1. Prepare a set of letterboxes and label each with a number. A letterbox can be made using a shoebox, tissue box or ice-cream container.

  2. Devise a set of numbered questions (one question for each letterbox) and provide a copy for each student. The questions should require students to respond from a personal view, for example: What do you think the Government could do to encourage young people to____?

  3. Students complete the questions individually without discussion.

  4. Students tear or cut the question strips and place each one in the corresponding letterbox (i.e. question one in letterbox one).

  5. Place students in groups and give them a number corresponding to a letterbox.

  6. The task for each group is to read and sort the answers into no more than four categories and then report to the class. It may help to allocate roles during this process. For example there should be a time keeper, recorder, reporter and manager. Limit reports to a one minute presentation.