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The 2017 Effective Altruism Survey - Please Take!

6 Post author: peter_hurford 24 April 2017 09:08PM

This year, the EA Survey volunteer team is proud to announce the launch of the 2017 Effective Altruism Survey.

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PLEASE TAKE THIS SURVEY NOW! :)

If you're short on time and you've taken the survey in prior years, you can take an abridged donations-only version of the survey here.

If you want to share the survey with others, please use this fancy share link with referral tracking: http://bit.ly/2q8iy2m

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What is this?

This is the third survey we've done, coming hot off the heels of the 2015 EA Survey (see results and analysis) and the 2014 EA Survey. (We apologize that we didn't get a 2016 Survey together... it's hard to be an all volunteer team!)

We hope this survey will produce very useful data on the growth and changing attitudes of the EA Community. In addition to capturing a snapshot of what EA looks like now, we also intend to do longitudinal analysis to see how our snapshot has been changing.

We're also using this as a way to build up the online EA community, such as featuring people on a global map of EAs and with a list of EA Profiles. This way more people can learn about the EA community. We will ask you in the survey if you would like to join us, but you do not have to opt-in and you will be opted-out by default.

 

Who should take this survey?

Anyone who is reading this should take this survey, even if you don't identify as an "effective altruist".

 

How does the survey work?

All questions are optional (apart from one important question to verify that your answers should be counted). Most are multiple choice and the survey takes around 10-30 minutes. We have included spaces for extra comments if there is some extra detail you would like to add (these are strictly optional).

At the end of the survey there is an 'Extra Credit' section with some more informal questions and opportunities for comment - definitely feel free to skip these questions.

Results will be shared anonymously unless you give your explicit permission otherwise.

 

Who is behind this?

The EA Survey is a all-volunteer community project run through .impact, which is soon changing it's name to "Rethink Charity". The results will not belong to any one person or organization.

Comments (5)

Comment author: fubarobfusco 24 April 2017 10:33:04PM *  7 points [-]

Caution: This is not just a survey. It is also a solicitation to create a public online profile.

In the future, please consider separating surveys from solicitations; or disclosing up front that you are not just conducting a survey.

When I got to the part of this that started asking for personally identifying information to create a public online profile, it felt to me like something sneaky was going on: that my willingness to help with a survey was being misused as an entering-wedge to push me to do something I wouldn't have chosen to do.

I considered — for a moment — putting bogus data in as a tit-for-tat defection in retribution for the dishonesty. I didn't do so, because the problem isn't with the survey aspect; it's with the not saying up front what you are up to aspect. Posting this comment seemed more effective to discourage that than sticking a shoe in your data.

Comment author: peter_hurford 25 April 2017 02:09:49AM 4 points [-]

Thanks for the feedback.

I added a paragraph to above saying: "We're also using this as a way to build up the online EA community, such as featuring people on a global map of EAs and with a list of EA Profiles. This way more people can learn about the EA community. We will ask you in the survey if you would like to join us, but you do not have to opt-in and you will be opted-out by default."

Comment author: fubarobfusco 25 April 2017 04:17:46AM 2 points [-]

Thank you.

Comment author: deluks917 24 April 2017 09:26:14PM *  2 points [-]

Survey Complete!

Nice looking user interface.

I found it aversive to be solicited to create a public profile. I would suggest removing that aspect from next year's survey.

Comment author: Val 28 April 2017 02:45:10PM 1 point [-]

Anyone who is reading this should take this survey, even if you don't identify as an "effective altruist".

Why? The questions are too much centered not only on effective altruists, but also on left- or far-left-leaning ideologies. I stopped filling it when it assumed only movements of that single political spectrum are considered social movements.