I need help


No not the mental kind, but the volunteer labor kind.


I mentioned when I started this blog, that I was going to use it as a place to make calls for volunteers of all types.  I plan on having a need for “Committee based” volunteers, and “Task based” volunteers over the next year.  I figure that starting out, I should detail what my thoughts are regarding the different types of volunteers (these are my thoughts, not PASS’s)


Committee based volunteer: Someone who works for a long(ish) period of time on a series of assigned tasks, that usually culminate in some larger overall accomplished goals

Task based volunteer: Someone who works for a shorter amount of time on a single task that needs to be completed by a predetermined deadline


For this endeavour, I need a few volunteers that can help the program committee in a task based role.  We had a really great speaker evaluation response rate at this years summit (approx 15,000 evals returned, you guys rock!!) and while that’s terrific for the speakers, and next years program work, its not so great for the people having to manually enter all 15000 of those responses.   <digression> Yes I know there is a thing called the web, and we should move to an online evaluation system, and if you’ve attended PASS in the past, you’ll remember that we’ve had online evaluations before.  Our experience in the past has been that we get far fewer evals online than we do if we ask the door greeters to hand you paper ones. </digression>


What I need your help with is taking all of the data that is being entered into the system and getting meaningful data for our speakers out. Yep, this sounds somewhat like DBA work to me so, this should easily fit some of our volunteers skills, until I tell you the data is in Access Excel.  Please dont let that scare you though, we can do anything we like with the raw data to get the information out, we just have to get it into something meaningful for our speakers.  While this whole process was supposed to be a fairly quick project so we could get results to the speakers quickly, we didnt anticipate the amount of evals we would recieve.  For a little perspective we recieved just under 3000 evals last year with a larger attendee base.  Im hoping that we can get this started, and finished in in a short amount of time, Im aiming for before the 15th of Dec.  I would estimate that no one person should spend more than 5-15 hours over the next few weeks working on this. 

  • Approx project deadline — Dec 15 2009
  • Approx time needed — 5-15 hours

If your interested in helping, please send me an email @ 

As always, PASS, the SQL Community, and I personally thank you for offering your time