A survey was created during Summer 2017. It was reviewed by several educators, both those that left and those that were still teaching in Oklahoma. Teachers suggested changes in language, additional questions, and ways to recruit members. They also discussed the importance of not include names and clearly identify who was doing the research to reduce trepidation for completing the survey. This was all incorporated into the protocol and human subjects protocol.
The survey was released during the first week of school for most schools in Oklahoma. It was shared through Twitter, the #OKLAEd twitter group, and the Facebook advocacy group Oklahoma Parents and Educators for Public Education. Through the promotion, teachers were asked specifically to complete the survey if they had left the state, or pass it on to someone they know. In the first 18 hours, 138 people had completed survey. During the same week, the survey was covered on local television and in an oped in the Tulsa World. Total responses were 287 at the time of in-depth analysis and data cleaning. .
After the survey responses slowed down, analysis was done to show a map of where teachers had gone to and shared via social media. Incremental results were shared with the social networks to encourage further responses and maintain relationships.
Data were cleaned for respondents who did not meet the sample criteria,and multiple responses. This reduced the valid responses to 250. The data were summarized to show trends. Individual comments were categorized and coded to triangulate quantitative responses. Some comments were chosen to share in findings to illustrate common responses and add perspective to the conclusions.