The survey to investigate why people sympathetic to the aims of IOPS might choose not to join is now complete. The results of the first 100 responses have been analysed and a full report can be found in the Resources section of the website. You can also read our previous related blogs: Non-member survey - very preliminary results and Non-Member Survey - Update.
The survey revealed some striking results. Although not something we set out to investigate, the respondents group was found to have a severe lack of diversity. This lack of diversity was particularly pronounced in regards to geographic diversity (much more severe than gender diversity) as demonstrated by the following charts showing statistics based on the respondents’ geographic locations.
The dominance of Anglophony and the high preponderance of respondents from countries rated “Very high” in the Human Development Index issued by the United Nations Development Programme are both mirrored in the IOPS membership. For charts relating to the other personal demographic statistics of the respondents (gender; age; level of education; experience in activism) please refer to the report.
Another striking result relates to the five attitudinal questions (Q5–9) on page two of the survey. Below is a reminder of these questions in which respondents were asked to indicate their level of agreement with the statement by selecting from five options (Strongly agree; Agree; Neither agree nor disagree; Disagree; Strongly disagree).
Q5. The world is suffering from many problems: poverty, hunger, war, ecological disasters, racism, economic injustice, and so on. The global economic system is based on greed and serves the powerful. But the situation is not hopeless; if enough people who reject the current unjust system join forces to build another world, together we will succeed.
Q6. After reading the organizational description as set out in the Mission, Vision and Structure & Program documents, I have a good understanding of the goals, values and visionary commitments of IOPS.
Q7. If the IOPS vision is realized, the world will be a better place.
Q8. IOPS has the potential to unite the many positive initiatives around the world, molding them into a powerful and effective force.
Q9. I can make a meaningful contribution by joining IOPS
Since Questions 5 through 9 were designed to correspond to a “stage” model, this allowed us to simplify the results of these questions to a single score. To calculate the scores we simplified the responses by combining the two response options indicating agreement and also combining the response options indicating lack of agreement (“neither agree nor disagree” was included in the lack of agreement group). A score between 0 and 5 was allocated to each respondent depending on the location in the sequence of questions where the last agreement came (irrespective of the answers to the preceding questions). Thus, a respondent who did not agree with any of the five questions scored 0, while a respondent who agreed with all of them scored 5. A respondent who agreed with Question 7 but disagreed with Questions 8 and 9 scored 3 points. For an explanation of why scores were calculated in this way please refer to the report.
The stage model, underlying the design of this survey, can be viewed as a “survival” test, in which participants are subjected to a sequence of tests. Participants failing the test drop out; those passing proceed to the next test. The scores can therefore be considered in terms of “drop–out stages” where, for example a score of 3 corresponds to a drop out on Question 7. The results are illustrated in the “survival flow diagram” below.
The flow diagram shows a surprisingly high outflow on Question 9. Why do respondents who believe that realizing the IOPS vision will make the world a better place and that IOPS has the potential to unite initiatives around the world into a powerful and effective force, indicate that they see no meaningful role in IOPS for themselves? Among the many possible reasons, we singled out two that present themselves in the comments left by respondents with Question 9. To read about these reasons please refer to the report in the Resources section of the website. In the report you can also learn about other findings revealed by the survey and read many comments left by respondents, including criticisms of IOPS and suggestions for how they think it can be improved.
The report finishes with a number of conclusions, based on the findings of the survey, conclusions that we very much hope will find some follow-up. We furthermore think that some of the findings may also be useful for a critical examination of how the IOPS experiment has been faring thus far.