CASE-Ross Support of Education Survey, United Kingdom and Ireland
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About the CASE-Ross Support of Education Survey, United Kingdom and Ireland
The first CASE-Ross Group Support of Education Survey (as it is now known) was carried out in 2002 and built on previous surveys undertaken within the Ross Group; the survey has been repeated annually since then. Participation is open to all higher education institutions in UK and Ireland.
- collects detailed information about fundraising and donors to measure the philanthropic performance of higher education institutions in the United Kingdom and Ireland
- provides an estimate of the overall impact of philanthropy on the higher education sector
- is the only source of information on this subject and enables institutions to compare themselves with similar universities.
The survey consists of 22 sections and 138 questions; 79 of these questions are required questions.
The survey asks for data on specific fundraising variables:
- New funds secured and cash income received
- Number of alumni from the university
- Number of people donating to the university
- Number of fundraising staff and the team's expenditure
- Information on the university's fundraising campaign(s)
Please review the Supporting Document carefully (as it contains definitions, counting standards, examples, and question-by-question guidance) before (a) you gather your data using the Survey Data Collection Form (an Excel file that includes the survey questions and a validation worksheet), (b) enter the data on the CASE Benchmarking Toolkit online and (c) submit the survey.
The current CASE-Ross Survey Editorial Committee members are:
- Tania Jane Rawlinson, Director of Development and Alumni Relations, Cardiff University
- Frances Shepherd, Director of Development and Alumni, University of Glasgow
- Sandra Jackson, Deputy Director and Head of Development Services, University of Bristol
- Tom Smith, Prospect Research and Database Officer, Loughborough University
- Martin Wedlake, Deputy Director of Strategy and Operations, University College London
All CASE-Ross editorial committee members sign non-disclosure agreements with CASE to safeguard the data submitted by participating institutions. As part of the data querying process, editorial board members may get access to survey data for all institutions to enable them to conduct meaningful checks and use their experience and knowledge of the sector to flag any anomalies in the data (for instance, if a very small institution reports a relatively large alumni staff number).
CASE-Ross Bespoke Analysis
The CASE-Ross Survey datasets, going back to 2000-2001, serve as a rich and valuable source of information on higher education philanthropy in the UK. CASE endeavours to transform this data into something that is of value and use to development practitioners and leaders in the sector.
To enable participating institutions to make use of this data in way that can help them make strategic decisions and improve fundraising performance, CASE has bespoke products that are accessible, visually appealing and easy to understand.