CEPOL to Test New Online Survey Tool

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01 September 2009

Much of CEPOL’s work requires carrying out surveys and questionnaires in different areas, such as post-course evaluation. CEPOL wanted to find an online solution in order to be able to set-up, administer and analyse information more effectively and efficiently online.

Following research into the various options available, the most appropriate one for CEPOL appeared to be ‘LimeSurvey’. On further research, it transpired that the Estonian Public Service Academy already uses LimeSurvey and as a result, CEPOL has signed a Service Level Agreement with the academy to test and explore the possibilities of using the open source online survey tool.

CEPOL will try out the tool, test its features and study its potential and added value to the CEPOL Network until 1 July 2010.

The current focus is on two projects:

  • Post-course Evaluation of CEPOL Courses and Seminars (Governing Board Decision 30/2007/GB);
  • Survey on European Police Education and Bologna (SEPEB) - a survey conducted on education programmes in the field of police and policing open to foreign police officers and about the implementation of the Bologna process in national police training institutes in Member States and in relevant cooperation partners (Survey on European Police Education and Bologna (Governing Board Decision 6/2009/GB).

Ulf Göransson, CEPOL Director, said: “Although we are initially using LimeSurvey for two projects, the potential is that we can expand the use of it, making it easier for the network to carry-out surveys and generate data. I would like to take the opportunity to thank the Estonian Public Service Academy who generously offered its LimeSurvey services to the network.”

The LimeSurvey tool could also potentially be used for other surveys relevant to CEPOL.

For more information about LimeSurvey, please contact Julian ter Huurne, Seconded National Expert at CEPOL Secretariat, email:

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