The Annual Effective Altruism Survey

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All questions are optional. Almost all are multiple choice, and the survey takes around 10 minutes.

Here are the partial raw results that we expect to present at EA Global 2017 in San Francisco.

About the survey

Since 2014, we have run an annual survey of the effective altruism community. This reaches and establishes contact with as many people as possible, and provides a large amount of useful data that EAs and EA organizations have used. For example, at Rethink Charity we've used this data to:

  • Provide the single biggest sources of EA Profiles on this very site (including entries on the Map of EAs and EA Donation Registry) 
  • Decide which projects to do and which to drop
  • Establish contact with individuals relevant to several of our projects - a notable example being our seeding of local EA groups through our local effective altruism network project.

The results don't belong to any one person or organisation, but are shared in anonymised form (with names and email addresses removed) unless respondents give their explicit permission otherwise.

Results

See the latest results

2014

The analysis of the 2014 results were led by Peter Hurford, and can be found here. This includes a link to a Github repository including the raw data, with names and email addresses removed.

2015

The analysis of the 2015 results were led by Peter Hurford; the write-up was done by Chris Cundy. The report can be found here. This again includes a link to a Github repository including the raw data, with names and email addresses removed.

2016

There was no survey in 2016. Return to the top of the page to participate in the 2017 survey currently underway.

2017

Here are the partial raw results that we expect to present at EA Global 2017 in San Francisco.

When we're ready, we aim to release:

  • The raw results from the initial batch of survey takers (upon which most analysis will be based)
  • The raw results from everyone who takes the survey up until the end of 2017
  • Analysis, reflections and interpretations on the data, in a variety of posts on the EA Forum
 

Privacy information

The survey follows privacy practices described and linked to within it, in particular at this page.