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Deadline to Sign-up for the 2020 National Survey on the Cooperative Difference is Fast Approaching

Electric cooperative members represent a diverse cross-section of Americans.  Each cooperative is unique and understanding the complexities of a diverse membership presents significant challenges for cooperative leaders.  Raise your Member IQ by participating in the 2020 National Survey on the Cooperative Difference!  Act now, the deadline for sign-ups is Friday, April 17.

The Study

The National Survey on the Cooperative Difference is an annual assessment of member opinion conducted by TSE Services in collaboration with Touchstone Energy Cooperatives.  Member feedback identifies areas of strength, weakness, opportunity and potential threats to your cooperative. 

A list of key survey metrics include:

In addition, the study tackles several “critical issues” impacting future cooperative business strategy.  ‘Critical issues’ examined in past studies include EVs, demand response initiatives, digital communications, outage restoration and value-added programs and services. 

Methodology and Schedule

Member interviews are scheduled to begin in April 2020 with data collection lasting through Q2 2020.  Preliminary results arrive shortly after data collection is complete with final reports distributed in Q3 2020.  The study utilizes a mix of telephone and online interviews to collect member feedback.  Cooperatives can select participation at either 250 or 400 completed interviews. 


All participants receive a report containing cooperative specific results and comparisons to the national benchmark scores.  National benchmarks provide important best-in-class performance metrics from cooperatives nationwide.  Participants also receive a complimentary PowerPoint slide deck containing tables and graphics from the report and an Excel spreadsheet containing all member comments from the qualitative survey questions.

Next Steps

Since 2004, over 400 cooperatives have participated in the National Survey on the Cooperative Difference.  To join the growing list of cooperatives increasing their Member IQ, complete the attached PDF document and return as indicated or click on the link below and complete the online registration form. 

The deadline to register is Friday, April 17, 2020.


Please reach out to one of our staff members should you have any questions.  Thanks for your attention today…stay safe and healthy!