If you are an instructor of a course using the EcoTypes survey who has notified me in advance and would like to receive a copy of your participants’ survey data, please read below, then get in touch with Prof. Jim Proctor to receive your data.
- As part of our IRB approval (HSRC #2019-40), I have promised to release only anonymous data. This means that I will remove the email address from all responses. Additionally, as you may know respondents may elect not to store their data: in this case, their submitted data are removed as soon as they receive an email report—and thus I cannot include them in what I share because I don’t have their data! (This has been a relatively small percentage of respondents to date.) So, the data you receive may not equal the total number in your course.
- The way I extract your data is crude: I extract all records that have selected your institution name. (I try to correct records I find that forgot to enter the institution, if e.g. their email suggests it…but please do your best to encourage your students to select your institution!) You may have completed the survey yourself, or there may be other courses at your institution taking the survey (rare so far), etc., so these would not represent your students. To assist, I also include the date/time of survey completion and all background variables in what I export, so you can filter accordingly. (The date of completion will also facilitate longitudinal comparison, e.g., early/late in the semester, which can be really useful.)
- See this Excel template for what I will send you: it includes your data (identified as per above), and a tab explaining all data fields in order. In general, the EcoTypes and grid-group data have been numerically recoded (so that your students can compare these data to their email reports), but many background variables are raw.
What to do with the data you receive? One of the easiest things would be to do simple descriptive stats (mean/standard deviation) on each numeric field, or a histogram similar to what you see for the EcoTypes/grid-group fields on this site, and then compare your course results against all results so far. (Your students can then compare their responses against those from fellow students in your course.)
Of course, you may feel free to do whatever you want with the data!…but if you wish to incorporate these data into any research and/or publication of your own, please consult with me first, as I must be aware of this as part of my IRB agreement, and given my role as PI for this project.