Just a little update – and breakdown – on the survey responses so far. A lot of folks have been curious about when the results of this survey will be made available – which is great. I want to reiterate that we are still in the first few days of a 2 year project. I’m excited to develop and share preliminary analyses well before the end of the project, but there are more than a couple steps in between now and then. The survey itself will be up and running for another several months. Hint, hint.
That being said, here is a snapshot of a the first week of the survey. I’m sharing a geographic breakdown right now, just because it’s too soon to dive into more in-depth analysis. I will soon be sharing some other early results of systematic literature analysis – or bibliometrics – that went into my proposal dissertation – so stay tuned.
International responses constitute about 1/3 of the total so far.
Now, one of the interesting things about the distribution of responses – especially domestic responses – in this first week, is how it appears to be shaped by the strength and distribution of my own social networks. Statistically speaking, it’s not at all a truly random sample. That’s ok – especially since that’s how it has to be! We actually don’t know enough about the permaculture population-at-large (i.e. we know nothing) to even generate a scheme for truly random sampling. Nor, as it happens, do I have a budget for that. Ahem. It may happen someday, but not in this project…