Please note: This archive was last updated in 2005.

RHO User Surveys

2003 Survey

In July and August 2003, the RHO team invited users to complete a multiple-choice survey about their experiences using RHO. One hundred and twenty-five completed surveys were received. The breakdown of responses and accompanying percentages appear below. Unless otherwise noted, the percentages are based on a total of 125 completed surveys.

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. We appreciate your input!

1. How many times have you accessed RHO in the past 3 months?
58% 0 to 4 times
25% 5 to 10 times
17% More than 10 times

2. How much time do you usually spend at the RHO website?
29.3% 0 to 15 minutes
46.3% 15 to 45 minutes
24.4% More than 45 minutes

3. How did you learn about RHO?
25% From another reproductive health or related website
43.6% From a web search
11.3% From a listserv I receive
20.2% From a colleague

4. How would you describe RHO's content and readability?
89.4% Appropriate
4.1% Too technical
6.6% Too simple

5. In comparison to other reproductive health websites, how would you describe RHO's site design?
56.1% Easier to navigate than most websites
43.1% Average
0.8% More difficult to navigate than most websites

6. How do you rate RHOs search engine?
50.8% Better than most websites search engines
47.5% Average
1.7% Worse than most websites search engines

7. How would you describe RHO's load timethat is, how long it takes to load a page into your browser? RHO's load time is:
52% Faster than most websites
47.2% About the same as most websites
1.7% Slower than most websites

8. Please indicate which of the following choices best describes your experience with looking for specific information on RHO. (Please check one.)
47.1% I almost always find the information I am looking for right away.
48.8% I usually find the information I am looking for, but sometimes have to visit several RHO pages.
4.1% I am only able to find the information I am looking for by using the Search function.
0.0% I often have difficulty finding the information I am seeking.

9. How do you use the information you obtain on RHO? (Check all that apply.)
56 respondents, or 45%, checked: As a guideline for family planning/reproductive health program(s)
46 respondents, or 37%, checked: For teaching or training
82 respondents, or 66%, checked: For study or research
48 respondents, or 38%, checked: To write reports or articles
40 respondents, or 32%, checked: To answer my questions about specific reproductive health issues
7 respondents, or 5%, described Other uses (see full report for their written responses).

10. Please indicate whether you use RHO material in any of the following ways. (Check all that apply.)
42 respondents, or 34%, checked: Forwarding RHO material to others by email
58 respondents, or 46%, checked: Printing hard copies of RHO pages and sharing them with others
66 respondents, or 53%, checked: Printing hard copies of RHO pages and saving them for future reference
19 respondents, or 15%, checked: Using a RHO CD-ROM to print out materials and sharing with colleagues

11. Please indicate which of the following sections are useful to you. (Check all that apply.)
80 respondents, or 64%, checked: Adolescent Reproductive Health
39 respondents, or 31%, checked: Cervical Cancer Prevention
63 respondents, or 50%, checked: Contraceptive Methods
69 respondents, or 55%, checked: Family Planning Program Issues
67 respondents, or 54%, checked: Gender and Sexual Health
46 respondents, or 37%, checked: Harmful Health Practices
79 respondents, or 63%, checked: HIV/AIDS
36 respondents, or 29%, checked: Infertility
77 respondents, or 62%, checked: Men and Reproductive Health
24 respondents, or 19%, checked: Older Women
19 respondents, or 15%, checked: Refugee Reproductive Health
58 respondents, or 46%, checked: Reproductive Tract Infection
61 respondents, or 49%, checked: Safe Motherhood

12. Please indicate which of the following components of the RHO site are useful to you. (Check all that apply.)
85 respondents, or 68%, checked: Overviews and Lessons Learned
105 respondents, or 84%, checked: Program Examples
None checked: Glossaries
34 respondents, or 27%, checked: Annotated Bibliographies
40 respondents, or 32%, checked: Online Resources and Links
64 respondents, or 51%, checked: Conference Listings
42 respondents, or 34%, checked: Search Function
43 respondents, or 34%, checked: PowerPoint presentations and Acrobat files
48 respondents, or 38%, checked: Other

13. We periodically create a small number of CD-ROMs of RHOs online content. Have you ever ordered a RHO CD-ROM?
11% Yes: If so, was it useful? 13 respondents said: Yes; 12 respondents said: No
83% No

14. If more RHO CD-ROMs were available, would you want one?
19% Yes
74% No

15. Every time we update RHO we email interested readers to inform them of the new content on the site. Would you find these email updates useful?
18% Yes (If you would like to receive RHO email updates, email [email protected])
80% No

16. Please tell us what you like most about RHO
(Open-ended responses).

17. Please tell us what you would change about RHO
(Open-ended responses).

18. In what region do you work? (Please check one.)
29% Africa
26% Asia
16% Southeast Asia
4% Europe
21% North America
3% South America
1% Pacific Ocean

19. What is your primary duty? (Please check one.)
14% Manager or administrator
11% Physician
2% Nurse
1% Midwife
12% Health educator
9% Public health official/policymaker
33% Librarian
2% Researcher
4% Information specialist
12% Professor

20. What is your modem speed/bandwidth?
2%14.4K
6% 28.8K
33% 56K
12% DSL/Cable
4% T1/T3
43% Don't know

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1999 Survey

In October 1999, the RHO team invited users to complete a multiple-choice survey about their experiences using RHO. Eighty-three completed surveys were received. The breakdown of responses and accompanying percentages appear below. Unless otherwise noted, the percentages are based on a total of 83 completed surveys.

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey. We appreciate your input!

1. How many times have you accessed RHO in the past 3 months?

0 to 4 times: 44 (53%)
5 to 10 times: 22 (27%)
More than 10 times: 17 (20%)

2. How much time do you usually spend at the RHO website?

Number of responses: 82
0 to 15 minutes: 31 (38%)
15 to 45 minutes: 43 (52%)
More than 45 minutes 8 (10%)

3. How would you describe RHO's content and readability?

Number of responses: 81
Appropriate: 79 (98%)
Too technical: 1 (1%)
Too simple: 1 (1%)

4. In comparison to other reproductive health websites, how would you describe RHO's site design?

Number of responses: 82
Easier to navigate than most websites: 34 (41%)
Average: 48 (59%)
More difficult to navigate than most websites: 0 (0%)

5. How would you describe RHO's "load time" that is, how long it takes to load a page into your browser?

Number of responses: 82
RHO's load time is faster than most websites: 40 (49%)
RHO's load time is about the same as most websites: 39 (48%)
RHO's load time is slower than most websites: 3 (4%)

6. Which of the following choices best describes your reason for accessing RHO?

To obtain guidelines for a family planning/reproductive health practice: 9 (11%)
To obtain information for teaching or training: 16 (19%)
To obtain up-to-date information on research and program developments related to various reproductive health topics: 54 (65%)
To access difficult-to-reach references and information: 4 (5%)

7. Please indicate whether you use RHO material in any of the following ways. (Check all that apply.)

I forward RHO material to others by email: 28 (34%)
I print out hard copies of RHO pages and share them with others: 53 (64%)
I print out hard copies of RHO pages and save them for future reference: 44 (53%)

8. Please indicate which of the following Information Summaries are useful to you. (Check all that apply.)

Family Planning: 66 (80%)
Safe Motherhood 56 (67%)
Reproductive Tract Infections: 55 (66%)
HIV/AIDS: 60 (72%)
Infertility: 34 (41%)
Cervical Cancer: 35 (42%)
harmful health practices: 44 (53%)
Gender and Sexual Health: 64 (77%)
Men and Reproductive Health: 55 (66%)

9. Please indicate which of the following components of the Information Summaries and RHO site are useful to you. (Check all that apply.)

Overviews and Lessons Learned: 62 (75%)
Research Topics: 68 (82%)
Program Examples: 48 (58%)
Glossaries: 17 (20%)
Annotated Bibliographies: 45 (54%)
Community Forums: 26 (31%)
Online Resources and Links: 52 (63%)
Conference Listings: 33 (40%)
Search Function: 33 (40%)
PowerPoint and Acrobat Presentations: 27 (33%)
Email Updates (if applicable): 20 (24%)

10. Please indicate which of the following choices best describes your experience of looking for specific information on RHO.

Number of responses: 79
I almost always find the information I am looking for right away: 17 (22%)
I usually find the information I am looking for, but sometimes have to visit several RHO pages: 55 (70%)
I am only able to find the information I am looking for by using the Search function: 7 (9%)
I often have difficulty finding the information I am looking for: 0 (0%)

11. We plan to redesign the Community Forums to be more useful to RHO readers. Which of the following services would you most like to see on RHO?

Number of responses: 79
A single Community Forum for the entire RHO site: 9 (11%)
An "Ask the Expert" question-and-answer column: 34 (43%)
A RHO listserv: 4 (5%)
A RHO bulletin board: 15 (19%)
None. I am not interested in an interactive forum: 17 (22%)

12. What region do you work in?

Number of responses: 81
Africa: 20 (25%)
Asia: 12 (15%)
Southeast Asia: 8 (10%)
Europe: 4 (5%)
North America: 26 (32%)
South America: 8 (10%)
Pacific Ocean: 3 (4%)

Countries:

Australia, Bangladesh, Belgium, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Columbia, DR Congo, Egypt, El Salvador, Ethiopia, Germany, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Mexico, Nepal, Nigeria, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, South Africa, Syria, Tanzania, Turkey, Uganda, USA, Vietnam, Zambia.

13. What is your primary duty?

Manager or administrator: 23 (27%)
Physician: 10 (12%)
Nurse: 0 (0%)
Midwife: 1 (1%)
Health educator: 2 (2%)
Public health official: 8 (10%)
Librarian: 1 (1%)
Researcher: 12 (14%)
Information specialist: 7 (8%)
Professor: 11 (13%)
Other: 9 (11%)

14. What is your modem speed/baudwidth?

Number of responses: 81
14.4K: 4 (5%)
28.8K: 12 (15%)
56K: 28 (35%)
DSL/Cable: 3 (4%)
T1/T3: 4 (5%)
Don't know: 30 (37%)

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