ethiQUEST Surveys

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“Ethics and Animals” survey data

Dear friends,

The “Ethics and Animals” survey data is already available. It is in Google docs (unfortunately, WordPress doesn’t allow for the uploading of Excel files). These are the links (files as received from QuestionPro):

English data / French data / German data / Portuguese data / Spanish data

Later on today, I shall give the data some basic treatment (eliminating duplicates, fixing fractions, converting things to number format, discarding absurd answers – “I’m 200 years old”, or “I’m 40 years old and have been vegan for 100 years” -, whatever needs to be done to help the analysis) and send it in a single file to everyone who’s requested it through ethiquest@gmail.com (I’ll be glad to send it to anyone who asks for it).

An advice is in place to those less accustomed to statistical thinking. There is no reason whatsoever for one to believe that we have a sample representing, in every aspect, the whole of the global animal protection community. This is for several reasons, such as wording that may cause attrition from one or another class of respondents, the loose style of promotion of the survey that we chose, the focus on people who use internet… Others can post other reasons.

So, for example, it would make *no sense at all* to use the data to infer that 50% (with whatever confidence interval) of the animal protection community is vegan. However, there *are* estimators that may remain consistent, if the possible biases are somehow unrelated to the questions posed. I should post some of these possible questions some time in the next week (since I need to present something on them in the upcoming International Vegan Festival in Rio anyway).

All the best,

ethiQUEST Surveys

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July 14, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Update: Links working again!

July 5, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

“Why isn’t the survey link working?”

I just found out that today there was a power outage at the Seattle Data Center building, due to fire. Apparently, all the websites hosted there, QuestionPro included, are off the air. Fortunately, as I infer from the news coverage, there were no human losses. Since the fire wasn’t in the same room where QuestionPro keeps its data, I imagine there were no data losses either (at least for our survey).

If you were planning to answer our survey today, I recommend you try again tomorrow, when (hopefully) everything will be back to normal.

All the best,

ethiQUEST Surveys

July 3, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Closing date extended!

Friends,

The closing date of the “Ethics and Animals” survey has been extended a bit, to July 13 (Monday). So far, about 1,100 people have completed the survey. Our initial goal was to reach 3,000 answers, but that now seems more difficult than it seemed then… We still want the most answers possible, but perhaps 2,000 is a more realistic goal.

I hope this new due date helps anyone who was considering to help promote the survey (by sending the link to friends, or by posting something about it or just putting up our banner somewhere on the internet), but thought there was too little time. We count on you so that we can provide the most precise possible snapshot of the present animal protection world community.

All the best,

ethiQUEST Surveys

July 1, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment