Project Thread: Individual Learner Survey for the Needs Analysis

Project Overview

The Training team is seeking to create a needs analysis document to help determine the most high-impact resources to provide on Learn WordPress. The Learning Needs Analysis project outlines foundational work required to assess the community’s learning needs and includes the Individual Learner Survey that launched in September 2022 which will guide us in our data analysis.

Please see the post Project Overview: Learning Needs Analysis for a more in-depth background and overview. This project thread seeks to outline the tasks we aim to complete to accomplish the project’s objectives.

Note that this is a foundational project. While we won’t be able to capture all the data, there is a possibility to iterate upon and run this project again in the future.

Project Members: Call for Volunteers

Project lead: @west7

This project is in need of more project members. Please comment on this post if you are interested in helping out!

Project Timeline

Start: January 2023

End: April 2023

Project Objectives

  • Gather data from the community to determine their WordPress learning needs.
  • Analyze the gathered data to formulate an action plan for the resources on Learn WordPress.
  • Establish a set of standards for instructional content on Learn WordPress.



  • Recruit project members
  • Determine respondent pool goal
  • Discuss survey marketing tactics
  • Determine survey analyzers

Deadline: 6 February 2023

Market the Survey

A marketing push before the cutoff would be helpful to help to gather more data before the cutoff date. This effort can include:

  • Social media (e.g., Twitter)
  • Newsletter (e.g., MeetupMeetup All local/regional gatherings that are officially a part of the WordPress world but are not WordCamps are organized through A meetup is typically a chance for local WordPress users to get together and share new ideas and seek help from one another. Searching for ‘WordPress’ on will help you find options in your area. Organizer newsletter)
  • Encouraging facilitators of Online Workshops to share the survey with their attendees

Deadline: 13 Feb 2023

Conduct the survey

The survey is currently in progress, and will be cut off on the deadline date, with a goal of a number of respondents to be determined.

Deadline: 20 Feb 2023

Review and analyze the survey data

Once the Training Team has collected the data from the survey, the project team will explore the data in more depth to help identify any trends or issues.

Deadline: 5 March 2023

Publish a post to share the analyzed results

This post on Make/Training will share a summary of the Individual Learner Survey results and analysis.

Deadline: 6 April 2023

Discuss the results

There are a few options for the project team to discuss the results. This will be up to the project members to decide what works best for them, whether that is synchronous or asynchronous meetings on SlackSlack Slack is a Collaborative Group Chat Platform The WordPress community has its own Slack Channel at or video call, or a blog post with discussion in the comments.

Deadline: 12 April 2023

Publish next steps

This post on Make/Training will detail the outcomes of the discussion and what the next steps will be.

Deadline: 21 April 2023

Thank you to the following people for contributing to this post: @piyopiyofox, @hlashbrooke, @webcommsat, @courane01, @azhiyadev

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