• What is CollaboRATE?

    • CollaboRATE is Denver Public Schools’ annual all-employee survey, designed to provide leaders, teams and DPS as a whole with feedback to help us grow and improve.
    • The survey consists of 3 parts: District Feedback, Employee Engagement and Leader Feedback
    • The survey will launch on Tuesday, January 2nd and will close on Friday, January 12th.

  • Why should I participate?

    This is your opportunity to share your voice – to let us know what’s working and how we can continue to improve. This survey is one of the most important tools you can use to help shape the future of your team and DPS. The feedback you provide is important to helping individual school and department leaders grow and develop. It also helps improve the culture in our schools and DPS as a whole. In the past, survey results have led to changes and improvements across DPS, including our recognition programs, increased equity in our compensation system, improved team performance, as well as defined visions of a DPS graduate and a DPS classroom.

  • How do I take the CollaboRATE survey?

    • You will receive an email with a unique link on January 2nd. The email will come from DPS and will have a link to the survey in K12 Insight. The survey will take about 15–30 minutes to complete. 
    • Employees will continue to receive reminder emails until they have completed the survey. 
    • To access the survey, click on the link in your email 
    • When you get to the leader portion, you will be asked to select the leader for whom you would like to give feedback from a dropdown menu. Please give feedback to your direct supervisor.

  • Self-Identification Questions

    • CollaboRATE includes self-identification questions. We are committed to making sure we hire, reach out to, and provide an equitable opportunity to all qualified people. To help us with our shared core value of accountability, we are asking that you share different ways that you identify. The goal of this section is for us to be able to measure the culture and climate of our colleagues from marginalized backgrounds.
    • Completing this information is completely voluntary, but we hope that you will help us make DPS a more inclusive environment. Team DPS does not discriminate on the basis of race/(dis)ability/gender/or sexual orientation, and you may voluntarily self-identify without fear of any punishment or retribution based on how you choose to answer. If you believe that you have experienced this, you can report this on IntegraReport here (https://integrareportbkd.com/).
    • You can learn more about the definitions related to these categories here.

  • Can I forward the survey? What if someone didn’t receive it?

    • Please do not forward the survey, as each email contains a unique link for each employee.
    • If you or someone you know did not receive the email with the unique survey link.
      • Wait until the next morning. You will receive an email reminder every few days until you complete the survey.
        • If you still don’t receive it, email: surveys@dpsk12.net

    • Are my responses confidential?

      • Yes. This is a confidential survey. CollaboRATE is administered by DPS through K12 Insights. 
      • Your responses are strictly confidential. In order to better understand employee engagement and experience, a small number of DPS analysts will access and analyze the data. These analysts will treat the data with absolute confidentiality. Nobody beyond the analysts will have access to individual-level data.
      • Please note: We may be required to disclose responses by law, court order, or government regulation, or in emergencies (e.g., threat of harm to self or others).

    • How will my responses be shared?

      • All information you provide is confidential – supervisors will not receive individual employee responses. Only supervisors with five or more responses will receive a report that groups all employee feedback into an aggregate format, which means they will not be able to identify how you personally responded to any question.
      • Reports do not tie participants to their responses. Rather, the final reports will only include aggregated results, which means no one reviewing the survey results will be able to identify how you personally responded to any question. In addition, the aggregated responses will only be shared at the district level. Your manager will not have access to any information about how you personally responded in the survey.
      • District-level reports may also indicate how the entire population responded, how specific schools responded, or what percentage of staff members participated. 
        • An example of how the data would be reported is: Overall XX% agree or strongly agree that “At DPS, diversity and inclusiveness are appreciated and encouraged.” However only XX% of XYZ group answered favorably.

    • What (and who) am I able to provide feedback for?

      • Every employee will be asked to provide feedback on how DPS and their school/department is doing as a whole.
        • School-based team members will be asked to answer a number of questions about their specific schools. For these questions, please provide feedback on your entire school team.
      • Central support team members will be asked to answer a number of questions about your department.Team members will also be asked to provide feedback about their leaders. Please provide feedback about your direct supervisor first. School-based staff will have the option to provide indirect feedback to up to 3 school leaders (Principal, APs, Deans, etc)

    • Will the survey be available in Spanish?

      Yes. All employees will be given the choice to take the survey in either English or Spanish. To access the Spanish version, click on the survey link in your email. Once the screen opens, use the dropdown menu in the upper-right to change the survey to Spanish.

    • Can I take the survey at home?

      Yes. You can take the survey wherever you have access to your DPS email and the Internet, including on your cell phone.

    • When will the results be available?

      The results will be shared in mid-to-late-February district-wide. Your leader will also share your school/department results with your team directly.

    • Who can I contact with questions?