As promised in the September issue, here are the results of the questionnaire which so many of you kindly filled in and returned. By August we had received 169 completed questionnaires, and conducted our analysis. Some people gave very detailed ‘further comments’ which gave us helpful information to interpret the questionnaire results.
When asked if they wanted an on-line version of Acumen instead of a print paper version, there was an overwhelming no. 162/169 (95.9%) said no. However, there was a higher level of support for an on-line version as well as a print paper version, with 107 (63.3%) saying yes. Several people pointed out that they used the internet for work and so preferred to read poetry away from a computer screen. Others pointed out the ease of travelling with a book, or going to different corners of the house or garden. Others said that they did not have internet access, and so would be excluded if there was only an on-line version. Many were complimentary about Acumen and said that they liked the format and wanted to see it continue as it was. Even if there was an on-line version most people (102/169, 60.4%) would subscribe to paper only.
Comments were divided regarding extra poems on the website. Some respondents saw this as a potential way of including poems that did not ‘make it’ into the print magazine. While some people thought this could be positive, others saw it as negative – seeing those poems as ‘inferior’. The findings from the survey found no support for an on-line only version of Acumen but there is strong support for further development of the website.
As a result of Project ACU-NET we were able to engage with our readers, supporters and those interested in poetry and explore ways to develop Acumen further to reach new audiences. Thanks also to Arts Council England for supporting the questionnaire and its findings.