Appendix 1
The Impact of Short-Term Missions

Thank you for your help in evaluating your short-term mission trip to Honduras. Over the next several months we will be surveying about 300 North American participants, CIDO staff, the test- agency partner staff and over 20 communities in Honduras in order to make suggestions to CIDO and others about how to make short-term mission experiences better for North Americans and Hondurans. Your individual answers will be completely confidential. Please return the completed survey to your group leader.

Experience in Short-term Missions

  1. How many short-term mission trips (outside of North America) had you made before going to Honduras with CIDO? _______ trips before Honduras

Responses: 126  0) 87.3%       1) 7.1%                        2) 3.2%                        3) 2.4%

  1. How many short-term mission trips (outside of North America) have you done since going to Honduras? ________trips since Honduras

Responses: 126           0 )65.9%  1) 17.5%  2) 10.3%  3) 0 4) 2.4%  5) .8% 6) 1.6% 7) 0 9) 1.6%

  1. How many times did you go to Honduras after Hurricane Mitch? _______ trips to Honduras since Mitch (If you went to Honduras more than once since Mitch, try to respond to the questions below in a way that reflects your overall experience)

Responses: 126 0) 22.2%  1) 54% 2) 13.5% 3) 1.6%  4) 3.2% 5) 3.2%  6) 2.4%

Part I: Before You Left

Q1.       Did you receive some preparation/orientation for your trip in North America?
No        1 à Go to Q2
Yes      2
Responses: 123                       1) 8.1%                        2) 91.9%

Q1a.   If yes, how many hours of preparation? _________ hours
Responses: 109           Mean: 6.3 hours

Q1b.   How helpful was the preparation/orientation you received in North America?
Not at all helpful 1       2          3          4          5 Very helpful
Responses: 113           1) 0  2) 3.5%  3) 23.9%  4) 38.1%  5) 34.5%
                            Comments:

Q2.       How did you finance your trip to Honduras? Percents should total 100%.
a. Self:                  ________%                 Responses: 123           Mean: 61.7%
b. Family/friends:   _______%                  Responses: 123                       Mean: 11.4%
c. Church:             ________%                 Responses: 123                       Mean: 16.7%
d. Other:                ________% à Specify:_______________________________________
                         Total              100%                          Responses: 123                       Mean: 10.4%

Q3.   Rate in order of importance who or what most influenced your decision to participate in this trip. 1 is most important, 4 is least. Use each number only once.         
___someone at church/pastor                                Responses: 121                       Mean: 1.63
___friends/family                                                  Responses: 122                       Mean: 1.58                   
___something I read—brochure, announcement…  Responses: 122                       Mean: 1.71
___Other: _________________________________Responses: 122                Mean: 1.04

Q4.       Rate the following reasons for why you decided to go to Honduras? 1 is most important, 7 is least.
___Desire to share my skills with the poor                             Responses: 117 Mean: 2.84
___Desire to learn more about another country/culture           Responses: 114 Mean: 3.52
___Learning about poverty and how to help the poor              Responses: 115 Mean: 2.74
___Desire to learn about and participate in missions               Responses: 115 Mean: 2.67
___Desire to do word evangelism                                         Responses: 108 Mean: 4.97
___Desire to grow spiritually                                                Responses: 111 Mean: 3.38
___Other: _________________________________________Responses: 42  Mean: 5.5

Q5.   Before going, how much did you imagine the trip would benefit your group compared to the Honduran community you were going to help?
All benefit for group/                                                     All benefit for community/
None for community 1          2          3          4          5 None for group
Responses: 117                       1) 2.6%  2) 6.8%  3) 59.8%  4) 23.1%  5) 7.7%

Part II: While you were there
Q6.    What was the nature of your work group? Circle all that apply.
                                                           Responses: 125
Housing construction            1                                    80%
Water system construction    2                                    11.2%
        Other:                                   3 à specify:       8.8%

Q7.    How qualified do you think you were to carry out your task? Circle only one.
                                                      Responses: 125
Very qualified                1                           25.6%
Somewhat qualified        2                           61.6%
Not very qualified           3                           10.4%
Not at all qualified          4                           2.4%

Q8.    How would you describe your Spanish-speaking skills?
                                                     Responses: 127
Fluent                             1                         0
Fairly strong                    2                         4.7%
Fairly weak                     3                         42.5%
No Spanish                     4                         52.8%

Q9.    How well did what you expected to be doing match with what you actually did?
                                                      Responses: 123
Very close to what I expected     1              43.1%
Somewhat what I expected         2              48%
Not at all what I expected           3              8.9%
                           Q9a. Explain your response to Q9:

Q10.   Did your group set aside time specifically for orientation or learning about Honduras during your trip?
                                       Yes    1 à How much time did you spend? _______ hours
                                       No     2à Go to q12.
Responses: 122 1) 89.3%        2) 10.7%
             Hours- Responses: 103          Mean: 6.8 Hours

Q11.     How helpful was the preparation/orientation you received in Honduras?
Not at all helpful 1         2          3          4          5 Very helpful
Comments:
Responses: 114           1) 0.9%  2) 7%  3) 24.6%  4) 38.6%   5) 28.9%

Q12.   How satisfied were you with the food and lodging arrangements in Honduras?
Not at all                                                   Very
Satisfied 1           2          3          4          5 Satisfied
Comments:
Responses: 127  1) 2.4%  2) 4.7%  3) 16.5%  4) 27.6%  5) 48.8%

Q13.     What percentage of your day in Honduras did you spend on each of these tasks?
Working? _____ %   Learning _____%   Relaxing/Sightseeing _____%
Responses: 120 Mean Working: 60.7%

  1. Mean Learning: 19.6%
  2. Mean Relax/Sight: 20.2%

Q13a. How satisfied were you with that mix?
Not at all                                                    Very
Satisfied 1            2          3          4          5 Satisfied
Responses: 117           1) 1.7%  2) 6.8%  3) 7.7%  4) 43.6%  5) 40.2%
Comments:

Q14.     How much meaningful contact (time when you could talk to and learn from Hondurans, even if through an interpreter) did you have with Hondurans during your trip? Circle only one.
                                                                                  Responses: 126
A large part of every day                           1                            55.6%
A small part of every day                          2                            36.5%
A small part of a few days during the trip   3                            5.6%
Little                                                        4                            2.4%
None                                                        5                            0

Q15.     Were you satisfied with that amount of contact?
Not at all 1        2          3          4          5 Very
Responses: 126 1) 0  2) 6.3%  3) 14.3%  4) 24.6%  5) 54.8%
Comments:

Q16.     How much did you learn about Honduras and Hondurans?
Nothing 1          2          3          4          5 A lot
Responses: 124  1) 0  2) 3.2%  3) 12.1%  4) 35.5%  5) 49.2%
Comments:

Q17. How much did you learn about issues of poverty and how to best help the poor?
Nothing 1           2          3          4          5 A lot
Responses: 122  1) 0.8%  2) 8.2%  3) 23%  4) 41.8%  5) 26.2%
Comments:

Q18.    How much meaningful contact (time when you could talk to/learn from) did you have with CIDO missionaries during your trip?                                               Responses: 127
A large part of every day                              1                  7.1%
A small part of every day                              2                  26%
A small part of a few days during the trip       3                  52%
Little                                                            4                  14.2%
None                                                           5                  0.8%   

Q18a.      How satisfied were you with that amount of contact?
Not at all 1        2          3          4          5 Very
Responses: 121                       1) 0.8%              2) 11.6%  3) 27.3%  4) 39.7%  5) 20.7
Comments:

Q19.     How much did you learn about CIDO and its programs while you were in Honduras?
Nothing 1          2          3          4          5 A lot
Responses: 123             1) 5.7%  2) 13%  3) 35%  4) 34.1%  5) 12.2%
Comments:

Q20.     Did you have a debriefing/evaluation session in Honduras? 
Yes      1
No        2 à go to Q21
Responses: 121           1) 83.5%           2) 16.5%

Q20a. If yes, how helpful was the debriefing/evaluation session in Honduras?
Not helpful 1          2          3          4          5 Very helpful
Responses: 100                       1) 0      2) 11%  3) 26%  4) 42%  5) 21%
Comments:

Q21. How would you rate your overall satisfaction with the Honduras experience?
Very unsatisfied 1         2          3          4          5 Very satisfied
Responses: 123  1)0  2) 1.6%  3) 0.8%  4) 21.1%  5) 76.4%

Q22. If you could change one or two things about your Honduras experience, what would they be?

Q23. If you were planning the program, what things would you make sure stayed the same?

Part III: After You Returned Home

Q24. In what order would you place the benefits of the experience in your life? Write one number on each line.
1 is most important, 7 is least.
____Helping the poor/sharing my skills                                  Responses: 124  Mean: 2.98
____Learning more about another country/culture                  Responses: 118             Mean: 3.12
____Learning about poverty and how to help the poor            Responses: 119             Mean: 2.91
____Learning about and participating in missions                   Responses: 118             Mean: 3.22
____Doing word evangelism                                                 Responses: 111   Mean: 5.15
____Growing spiritually                                                        Responses: 119   Mean: 2.95
____Other: __________________________                                 Responses: 36   Mean: 5.08

Q25.    In what order would place the benefits to those you worked with in Honduras? 1 is most important, 4 is least.
____The project that we did                                                   Responses: 118       Mean: 1.69
____What they learned about North Americans/ our culture….  Responses: 113     Mean: 2.81
____What they learned about Christ and our witness          Responses:       117       Mean: 1.81
____Other: ________________________________________  Responses: 40  Mean: 2.95

Q26.     After going on the trip how much do you think the community benefited from your help compared to how much your group benefited?
All benefit for group/ 1            2          3          4          5 No benefit for group/
None for Community                                                       All for community
Responses: 117  1) 2.6%  2) 15.4%  3) 62.4%  4) 13.7%  5) 6%

Q27.     Did you have some debriefing/follow-up after returning to North America (by CIDO, your group leader, etc.)
Yes      1 à Go to Q27a
No       2 à Go to Q28
Responses: 166                       1) 56%             2) 44%

Q27a. If yes, how helpful was this follow-up?
Not helpful 1          2          3          4          5 Very helpful
Responses: 64                        1) 1.6%  2) 9.4%  3) 40.6%  4) 25%  5) 23.4% 
Comments:

Q28.     Have you stayed in touch with the community you visited (written letters, phone calls)?
Yes      1 à if yes, how?
No        2
Responses: 123           1) 23.6%           2) 76.4%

Q29.     Did you do a presentation for your church or other group after your return?
Yes     1 à Explain briefly what you did.
No        2
Responses: 120                       1) 85%             2) 15%

Q30.     Would you recommend a similar trip to friends and family?
Never 1         2          3          4          5 Strongly
Responses: 122           1) 0  2) 0  3) 0  4) 17.2%  5) 82.8%
Explain:

Q31.     Now that some time has passed since your trip to Honduras, please rate how the following areas have changed in your life, if at all. Circle one number on each line.

 

Responses

Decreased
Significantly

Decreased somewhat

Stayed the same

Increased somewhat

Increased significantly

Time spent in Prayer   

116

0

0

47.4%

46.6%

6%

Time spent Volunteering

114

0

1.8%

45.6%

33.3%

19.3%

Giving of money to CIDO

113

0

0

41.6%

48.7%

9.7%

Knowledge of CIDO

113

0.9%

0.9%

23%

57.5%

17.7%

Support for CIDO

113

0

0.9%

38.1%

47.8%

13.3%

Involvement in your church

114

0

0.9%

56.1%

34.2%

8.8%

Interest in poor countries

113

0

0

17.7%

55.8%

26.5%

Advocacy for poor

113

0

0

38.1%

46%

15.9%

Interest in more short-term trips

112

0

4.5%

20.5%

36.6%

38.4%

Interest in long-term missions

108

1.9%

7.4%

49.1%

27.8%

13.9%

Time spent reading and learning about missions, poverty

113

0

0

56.6%

34.5%

8.8%

Part IV: About You

Q32.     What is your gender?                 Responses: 121
Male         1                              70.2%
Female     2                              29.8%
Responses:

Q33.     Into which category does your age fall?
Responses: 126
15-25             1                    8.7%                      56-65    5                      23%
26-35             2                    9.5%                      66-75    6                      22.2%
36-45             3                    19.8%                    76 or more        7          2.4%
46-55             4                    14.3%

Q34.     What is your marital status? Circle one.
                                                            Responses: 125
Single, never married     1                       12%    
Married                        2                       84.8%
Divorced/Separated       3                       1.6%
Widowed                      4                       1.6%

Q35.     What is the highest level of education you have received?
                                                Responses: 123
Less than high school     1                      8.9%
Some high school           2                      11.4%
High school degree        3                      15.4%
Some college                 4                      29.3%
College degree              5                      22.8%
Graduate degree            6                      12.2%

Q36.     What is your current employment status? Circle all that apply.
                                                            Responses: 127
Working full-time                        1                     46.5%
Working part-time                       2                     8.7%
Full-time student                         3                     1.6%
Part-time student                        4
Homemaker                               5                     3.9%
Retired                                       6                     27.6%
Unemployed, looking for work     7
                                    Full-time student and other                     4.7%
                                    Part-time work and other                       4%

Q37.     What was your combined household income last year?
                                                Responses: 108
Under $25,000        1                             13.9%
$25,000-49,999       2                             40.7%
$50,000-74 999       3                             18.5%
$75,000-99,999       4                             16.7%
$100,000 or more    5                             9.3%

Thank you very much for your cooperation. Please use the remaining space for any additional comments you may have about your CIDO experience in Honduras.