Annual Member Survey: what you told us

18 Dec 2015
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Every year the SMP conducts a Membership Needs and Impact Survey, asking members what impact the SMP has had on their work with Malawi over the last year, and what members would like the SMP to do to support their work next year.  In keeping with our core principles of transparency and accountability, and as a member-led organisation, we’re very happy to share in full the unedited results of the survey. 

Click here to read what our members told us.

Here are some of the headlines:

IMPACT: 94% felt that membership of the SMP in 2015 “helped strengthen, support and develop their links with Malawi”.

SERVICES: The most useful SMP services in 2015 were the bulletin (useful for 90% of members), SMP events (85%), networking (78%), office enquiries (78%) and member forums (71%).

CAMPAIGNING: Through 2015, the SMP supported and encouraged members to:

  • Raise awareness of the Global Goals: 92% knew this was an SMP priority and 47% changed their work as a result of the SMP.
  • Work within the SMP’s Partnership Principles: 82% knew this was an SMP priority and 41% changed their work as a result of the SMP.
  • Support the economy of Malawi: 82% knew this was an SMP priority and 35% changed their work as a result of the SMP.
  • Work within Malawian priorities: 62% knew this was an SMP priority and 25% changed their work as a result of the SMP.

IMPROVING QUALITY:

  • 78% felt the SMP’s information had improved the quality of their work in 2015
  • 68% felt the SMP’s advice and support had improved the quality of their work in 2015
  • 67% felt the SMP’s networking had improved the quality of their work in 2015
  • 39% felt the SMP’s sharing between members had improved the quality of their work in 2015

FORUMS: 84% had attended an SMP Forum in 2015, 100% of whom said forums had been valuable, 40% said “very valuable“.

Based on the needs and priorities of members identified through this survey, the SMP has developed a number of new areas for further development in 2016, see final page for details.

Although we have closed this survey for another year, we welcome member input at any time.  If you want to feed in ideas for what the SMP could be doing to support your links with Malawi in 2016, please email david(at)scotland-malawipartnership.org