The WNCA Non-Believer’s Survey

I really need to make a point to visit the blogs on my blogroll more frequently. I totally missed this entry on Brent’s blog about the WNCA Non-Believer’s Survey which has been underway for some time now already.

Currently, there are over 1,800 responses to the 2005 Survey of Non-believers.

Data collection will continue through the end of June, and possibly into July depending on response rates at the end of June.

If you’ve not responded, follow the link above to register and participate. If you know any individuals/groups that might be interested, please forward this message to them.

Once data collection has ended, I will first sanitize the data tables to remove any personal information included in the comments, and then post the raw data for download. I have heard from a few individuals with backgrounds in sociological research who are particularly interested in the results of the survey, and I hope that providing the data tables up-front might encourage more individuals or groups to assist in analysis.

The simple statistical analysis of the data may be available within a month or so of the end of the data collection phase, though more complex analysis may take 2-3 months. (There may be some correlation between responses on certain question types by subsets of the data -[male/female, location, age, group membership etc.] analysis for such correlation may take some time. I have been looking for trends that might suggest correlation throughout the data collection (at 250, 500, 1000, and 1500 responses) and have found very little thus far to indicate correlation. I have not yet seen any great variance in raw percentages of responses across several of the questions in the survey.

As more information regarding the survey is available, including data sets and analysis, e-mails will be sent out to all that have participated. Links and notices will also be posted on those message boards and e-mail lists where the invitation to participate in the survey has been posted.

I’ll be interested in seeing what the final data set ends up looking like myself.

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