The satisfaction survey: Keys to a successful evaluation

Last modification : 10/06/2023 02:52 PM


Have you ever organized an event, whether it's a conference, a party, or a workshop, and at the end, you're left with a nagging uncertainty about the participants' impressions? After all, it's the laughter, applause, and moments of interaction that can give you an idea, but are they truly satisfied with the overall experience? Did they really feel listened to, entertained, or informed? And what about the silent aspects, such as seating comfort, food quality, or the effectiveness of the organization?

These details, often overlooked, can make all the difference in the overall perception of your event. So, how do you get a genuine and honest insight without invading their space or seeming too pushy?

The answer lies in an often-underestimated yet incredibly powerful tool: the satisfaction questionnaire. Simple to implement, discreet, and straightforward, it can provide you with invaluable insights to refine your future events.

Context of the satisfaction questionnaire

The event world is competitive. Direct feedback from participants is essential to stand out and improve.

Why a questionnaire?

Importance for the organization

Each event is a representation of your brand or organization. Honest feedback from participants not only allows you to identify the elements that excelled but also areas for improvement. Ultimately, such feedback enables the organization to grow, evolve, and better meet participants' expectations in the future.

Feedback recovery

The saying "the customer is always right" is very meaningful in the event world. The participants, as your "clients," provide an external and unbiased perspective. Their feedbacks are treasure troves of information to enhance your service.

Perfecting the event

A successful event is measured not only by current success but also by its evolution. Mistakes are learning opportunities. By acting on feedback, you ensure the success of future events.

Creation of the questionnaire

Choosing questions to ask

Each question must have a purpose. Ask yourself which aspects of the event you want to assess and formulate your questions accordingly.

Type of questions

Closed questions, with multiple choices, are ideal for statistical analyses. Open questions, on the other hand, allow participants to freely express their opinions, thus providing nuanced insights.

Avoiding biased questions

Neutral questions are crucial for obtaining objective answers. Avoid wording that could guide participants' answers.

Questionnaire distribution

Online methods

Online platforms offer rapid distribution, automated analyses, and are eco-friendly. However, they require an Internet connection.

Offline methods

Traditional paper distribution is tangible, often perceived as more personal, and is ideal for less tech-savvy audiences.

Analysis of results

Without thorough analysis, a questionnaire remains a mere set of data. The goal is to convert this data into concrete actions.

Quantitative methods

Numbers provide an overview, allowing for the identification of trends and quantifying satisfaction.

Qualitative methods

They dissect opinions and feelings, allowing for a holistic understanding of the answers.

Making data-based decisions

The feedback collected must influence your decisions, thus ensuring that improvements reflect participants' needs.


Test before distribution

This eliminates errors, ambiguities, and gives you an idea of the time needed to complete it.

Ensure anonymity

Anonymity encourages honesty. Participants are more inclined to share sincere opinions if they know they won't be judged.

Mistakes to avoid

Too many questions

A questionnaire that is too long can discourage participants, thus reducing the response rate.

Ignoring negative feedback

Don't see it as criticism, but rather as an opportunity. Negative feedback is often the most instructive for improvement.


A well-designed satisfaction questionnaire is a valuable tool for any event organizer. Remember, the key is to listen, learn, and act!


  1. What is the ideal length of a questionnaire?

    • No more than 10 minutes to fill out.

  2. How to ensure a high response rate?

    • Make it attractive and ensure anonymity.

  3. When to distribute the questionnaire?

    • Right after the event, while it's still fresh in participants' minds.

  4. How to encourage people to answer?

    • Offer incentives such as discounts or gifts.

  5. Should I always act on the feedback received?

    • Not always, but it's essential to always consider it.


Arthur Josset

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