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Power to Our People - Participatory Research Kit:  Creating Surveys

Creating surveys can be an excellent tool to document what is happening in our community, help us understand ourselves better and let others get to know what is going on for our people. When we document our experiences, we honor our day-to-day reality as knowledge, while creating a powerful and strategic tool to help bring us closer to reaching our campaign goals and strengthening the movement.

Part of oppression is keeping information and knowledge in the hands of the powerful. When we reclaim research, we walk one step closer to achieving liberation.

Creating Surveys is a participatory research toolkit on how to do community surveys to support social justice campaigns. It includes information on all stages of the survey process—from deciding to do a survey to analyzing the information you gather.

A project of DataCenter's Economic Justice Program, with help from Ai-Jen Poo, Erline Browne and everyone at CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities and Domestic Workers United; Annette Bernhardt, Brennan Center for Justice; Richard Speiglman, Public Health Institute; and César López, Movement Achieving Youth Activism (MAYA). Released Summer 2004.




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Surveys to Support Campaigns

Survey Planning:

1. Why survey?
2. Time & Resources
3. Type of Survey
4. How many surveys?
5. Language
6. Safety
7. Reaching respondants

Creating Surveys:
1: Create Info List
2: Design Survey
3: Test Survey
4: Train Interviewers
5: Analyze Data

Evaluating the Survey Process

Sources & Resources

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