A few weeks ago, we invited you to participate in PhD research about online giving by participating in a survey about Epic Change. While the researcher is still analyzing the results, we wanted to provide you with the initial aggregated data we received to give you the chance to highlight any findings you believe may be particularly informative or interesting for us to examine further. Aggregate data, as well as additional charts and graphs, are available in this Google Doc.
As expected, by far, the most interesting responses were found in the open-ended sections of the questionnaire. We were incredibly moved and motivated by your heartfelt, thoughtful responses. Here’s a few of the key findings:
Nearly 220 people responded to the survey.
In response to the multiple-choice question “What motivated you to participate in Epic Change?”
The most highly rated responses were:
The lowest rated responses were:
When responding to the open-ended question “Share why you participate in and/or follow the work of Epic Change,” the most commonly provided response was a relationship to or respect for one or both of the organization’s founders. Other often-cited themes appear in the wordle below. Specific people, projects, and programs were excluded from this analysis, as well as categories that comprised less than 1% of the data set. Word height is presented relative to the number of survey participants whose response was reflective of each theme.
IMPROVEMENTS & NEXT STEPS:
When asked about desired next steps and proposed improvements to Epic Change, respondents were somewhat divided. Some wrote comments suggesting expansion and additional projects, like:
Many others, however, requested that Epic Change remain small & focused on our efforts in Tanzania, commenting:
Other than comments suggesting scale or focus, respondents most often suggested improvements to organizational communication, with comments like:
In addition, several respondents suggested improved focus on organizational sustainability, saying things like:
In response the question asking respondents to rate their overall experience as a member of the Epic Change community, the average rating was 5.66 (+/- 1.15) on a 7-point scale, where “7″ represented an “incredible” experience and 1 represented a “terrible” experience. Nearly 33% rated their experience a perfect 7, and nearly 55% of respondents rated their overall experience with Epic Change a six or above. Only 2 respondents rated their overall experience below average. Zero respondents rated Epic Change below 3 on the 7-point scale.
Additional charts, aggregate data and anonymized responses to open-ended questions are available in this Google Doc.
Over the coming weeks and months, your thoughts and ideas will help create the future of Epic Change. As you review this information, we hope you’ll let us know if any interesting insights or ideas emerge by commenting below.
We’re so grateful for your open, honest feedback.
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