• 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 2 parts: Engagement and Leader
    • This year, the CollaboRATE Engagement survey will be part of the Your Voice/Tu Voz survey. The survey window is open from January 24th through February 4th 
    • The Leader survey will happen in March 2022

  • 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?

    • CollaboRATE will be included in the January Your Voice/Tu Voz survey 
    • On Jan. 24, you will receive an email to complete the Your Voice/Tu Voz survey. 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 Your Voice/Tu Voz survey. 
    • To access the Your Voice/Tu Voz survey, click on the link in your email

  • Self-Identification Questions

    • The Your Voice/Tu Voz survey 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.org

    • Are my responses confidential?

      • Yes. This is a confidential survey. Your Voice/Tu Voz 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 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.
      • Leaders with five or more responses will be able to see a summary of the open-ended comments. Although the comments will not be tied to any individual person, please use the open-ended comment space to provide constructive feedback.
      • Reports do not tie participants to their responses. Rather, the final reports will only include aggregated results and open-ended responses, 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 “MY DEPARTMENT.” Each leader will inform their teams on how to interpret “MY DEPARTMENT” for the purpose of the survey. 
          • Please confirm with your leader on how you should interpret the MY DEPARTMENT questions before you begin the survey.

    • 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.

    • When will the results be available?

      The results will shared in mid-February.

    • Who can I contact with questions?