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Trans Community Survey 2015
by ME (raid_iink)
at May 25th, 2015 (08:45 am)

In case you weren't already aware there is a survey for the trans community going on. I've added links for background information.

https://www.facebook.com/events/825914984154730/ or http://heyevent.com/event/qafcjijgin3mqa/transgender-community-data-survey-2015

It appears you have to be signed in to see the Facebook event so... YMMV


crossposted to ftm

EDIT: I am not associated with the survey I am just posting because I thought it might interest users.


Posted by: Shadow/Brooke (kengr)
Posted at: May 25th, 2015 07:58 pm (UTC)

Way too many questions *assumed* things.

One of the biggies is employment. All of the employment related questions asked stuff in a way that could only cover your current employer. They had "I have never been employed" option, but never considered the possibility that you might have had jobs, but don't currently have one.

Same sort of blind spot about a lot of other subjects as well. They don't consider that you might not be *looking* for various services (either because you aren't intending to transition, or don't see at as anything you can deal with anytime soon)

They also kept switching between "do you know any trans people who" and "do you know *of* any trans people who" with no rhyme or reason.

On a survey I'd expect "know" to mean "know personally" and "know of" to include folks you may have heard of secondhand or via the news. And both need to be covered.

Posted by: ahunter3 (ahunter3)
Posted at: May 26th, 2015 08:12 am (UTC)

a) Way too long if they hope to get a representative sample to extrapolate from. Even with a target population highly motivated to report, you skew your results when you do a survey that has that many questions, especially when it has no skips and you have to keep rechecking "I am not XXXX so it doesn't apply to me" for 9 or 13 consecutive questions. People who are at all busy, people who read slowly, people who use small display screens, people who don't feel well-targeted by the survey questions, etc, will close the window without completing the survey. That makes the results a bad reflection of what's actually going on out there.

b) More personally: I myself am part of the "extended transgender community", i.e., I fit the modern "big umbrella" definition of people "whose gender does not unequivocally match the biological sex to which they were assigned at birth". But the survey was very much tailored towards transitioners— people who wish to transition, have transitioned, or are in the midst of transitioning, on a physiological level (i.e., hormones and surgery). I copied and pasted over and over and over again: "I am not a transitioner, question not applicable" or some such thing. NOTE: they didn't have that as a checkbox the way they had "I have not been in the military" etc for people to tick off as described above, it didn't even seem to have occurred to them. The closest they came was "I did not transition while in that school setting" or some such for a few of the questions.

Edited at 2015-05-26 08:15 am (UTC)

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