You are invited to participate in an anonymous online survey about furries and the furry fandom being conducted by social scientists at the University of Waterloo (Waterloo, ON, Canada) and Niagara County Community College (Sanborn, NY, USA)!
There are two parts to the survey. Part one asks a few questions to determine eligibility for the survey including information such as age and country of residence. This portion of the study will take no more than two minutes. If it is determined that you are not eligible your responses will be destroyed.
If you are eligible, you will be asked to continue with part two of the survey which asks questions about a variety of different aspects of furry culture, sexual orientation, and your attitudes about furries and the furry community. To keep the length of the survey manageable, 4 different versions have been created which, while mostly identical, do contain several sets of different questions. You will be randomly assigned to complete 1 of the 4 versions of the survey.
Part two of the survey will take about 30-45 minutes of your time. In appreciation, you will be invited take part in a draw for a $50 Amazon.ca gift certificate. If it is determined you are not eligible for the second part of the survey, you will be invited to take part in a draw for a $10 Amazon.ca gift certificate.
The survey uses Survey Monkey(TM) whose computer servers are located in the USA. Consequently, USA authorities under provisions of the Patriot Act may access this survey data. All responses will be downloaded from SurveyMonkey and saved on a password protected computer located on the University of Waterloo campus, to which only a few authorized investigators will have access. If you prefer not to submit your data through Survey Monkey(TM), please contact one of the researchers so you can participate using an alternative method (such as through an email or paper-based questionnaire). The alternate method may decrease anonymity but confidentiality will be maintained. Information and the anonymous data provided by participants will remain confidential and will be stored indefinitely on a secure, password protected computer in a secure area at the University of Waterloo and at the Niagara County Community College, to which only authorized researchers have access. This anonymous data may be shared with other researchers interested in this research.
This study has been reviewed by and received ethics clearance through the Office of Research Ethics at the University of Waterloo, Canada. However, the final decision about participation is yours.
If you have any questions about the study details please contact the researchers using the email addresses listed below:
Courtney Plante, B.Sc (Honors), Graduate Student, University of Waterloo: cpla...@uwaterloo.ca
Dr. Kathy Gerbasi, Professor, Niagara County Community College: kger...@niagaracc.suny.edu
Dr. Steven Mock, Assistant Professor, University of Waterloo: smo...@uwaterloo.ca
Link to the Survey https://artsweb.uwaterloo.ca/cgi-bin/cgiwrap/cplante/2ndIARP
Furries AND non-furries can take this survey, and it is a new one, different from the last one we did back in February / March (though, if people did the one at Anthrocon this year, they are discouraged from doing this one, since it’s the same one).
Finally, below is the website where all of our past research findings are available, as well as the researchers’ contact information. It’s a great place for furries to find out what we’ve learned about the community so far and what we hope to learn in the future (it’s also where these findings will be posted in the future!)
Winter Survey Results: https://sites.google.com/site/anthropomorphicresearch/