EAA Researcher Survey: June 2017
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Do we need more confrontation (e.g. protests, disruptions) (0) or nonconfrontation (e.g. online ads, corporate outreach) (10) in the farmed animal advocacy movement? /Note: clicking on an answer choice will move you to the next question, and there is no back button with this survey software./ (bkneoph)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (confrontation vs. nonconfrontation)? (0 low, 10 high) (zlrag4l)
Do we need more consistent messaging (e.g. "Compassion is not a crime," "Why love one but eat the other?") (0) or varying messaging (e.g. anti-oppression messaging for a left-wing audience, national pride messaging for a right-wing audience) (10) in the farmed animal advocacy movement? (We realize this question is hard to answer in a general sense because it varies so much case-by-case. Please don't get hung up on finding a conclusive answer.) (5ulfa0v)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (consistent vs. varying)? (0 low, 10 high) (okp97hr)
Do we need more institutional change (e.g. corporate welfare reforms, meat reduction policies, legal campaigns) (0) or individual change (e.g. leaflets, online ads, humane education lectures) (10) in the farmed animal advocacy movement? (c2cuyvs)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (institutional vs. individual)? (0 low, 10 high) (vu1n7i1)
Do we need more advocacy focused on influencers (e.g. academics, celebrities) (0) or the masses (e.g. college students, social media users) (10) in the farmed animal advocacy movement? (upinsz0)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (influencers vs. masses)? (0 low, 10 high) (q6a24j9)
Do we need more of a broad approach (i.e. actively promoting non-animal causes like anti-racism and anti-classism) (0) or an animal-focused approach (10) in the farmed animal advocacy movement? (865bin9)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (broad vs. animal)? (0 low, 10 high) (4bsz69p)
Do we need more of a left-wing focus (i.e. appealing to people with left-wing political views) (0) or a nonpartisan focus (10) on all political views in the farmed animal advocacy movement? (le2gqbq)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (left-wing vs. nonpartisan)? (0 low, 10 high) (b3ihchn)
Do farmed animal welfare reforms lead to more momentum (0) or complacency (10)? i.e. Does a welfare reform occuring increase or decrease the expected value of future progress for animals? (yuxpdx4)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (momentum vs. complacency)? (0 low, 10 high) (pzwrbus)
When advocating for individual diet change, do we need more of a reducetarian ask (0) or a vegan ask (1)? (968zq73)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (reducetarian vs. vegan)? (0 low, 10 high) (k4pd7c1)
Do we need more of a focus on social change (e.g. regulation, marketing) (0) or food technology (e.g. cultured meat, plant-based meat) (10) in the farmed animal advocacy movement? (jh76yrw)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (social change vs. food technology)? (0 low, 10 high) (mqgni6)
Do we need more of a focus on long-term outcomes (e.g. preventing dystopian far futures) (0) or short-term outcomes (e.g. ending animal farming as soon as possible, reducing suffering of currently farmed animals) (10) in the effective animal advocacy movement? (rqhojms)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (long-term vs. short-term)? (0 low, 10 high) (7vfunsx)
This question has three parts. It's about the effectiveness of three types of messaging, and we'll ask you to rate each of them. We're comparing focusing on harms of animal farming to animal wellbeing, the environmental harms, and the human health harms. First, what is your rating for animal harms? (0 need less, 10 need more) (3s4teq1)
What is your rating for environmental harms? (0 need less, 10 need more) (gzo3swg)
What is your rating for human health harms? (0 need less, 10 need more) (1dc7r6)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (animal vs. environmental vs. human health)? (0 low, 10 high) (unmxewj)
This question has three parts to cover the effectiveness of three types of messaging, and we'll ask you to rate each of them. We're comparing advocating for farmed animals, for wild animals, and for general antispeciesism. First, what is your rating for farmed animals? (0 need less, 10 need more) (2fd7ecz)
What is your rating for wild animals? (0 need less, 10 need more) (u86kfl)
What is your rating for general antispeciesism? (0 need less, 10 need more) (c5c316t)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (farmed animals vs. wild animals vs. general antispeciesism)? (0 low, 10 high) (mxpsgx1)
Final question! It's about the usefulness of four types of evidence in answering questions like the ones in this survey, and we'll ask you to rate each of them: evidence from social movements, randomized controlled trials in the EAA field, intuitions/speculations/anecdotes, and external findings (e.g. the finding of an "identifiable victim effect" in psychology). The specific question here is how much of an influence each type of evidence played in your answers to questions in this survey and other important EAA questions. First, what is your rating for social movements? (0 less useful, 10 more useful) (lgpngf6)
What is your rating for EAA RCTs? (0 less useful, 10 more useful) (pf11u15)
What is your rating for intuition/speculation/anecdotes? (0 less useful, 10 more useful) (oxemfqa)
What is your rating for external findings? (0 less useful, 10 more useful) (8vbn8g8)
What is your confidence in your previous answer (social movement vs. EAA RCTs vs. intuition/speculation/anecdotes vs. external findings)? (0 low, 10 high) (bdsfdlh)
May we have your name to associate with your responses, so EAAs can better learn from them? (v3zd6k1)
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Our goal is to aggregate the opinions of EAA researchers (the 25 people we estimate have most thoroughly considered EAA research questions). This survey will ask you 13 questions on which type of advocacy (e.g confrontation vs. nonconfrontation) you'd like to see more of on the margin. The rest of this page will explain some technical details of how to answer the questions, but if you're in a hurry, you can skip these.

*On the margin* means where you think a small, unspecialized resource would do the most good, e.g. where you would like a single $1,000 anonymous donation to go. You know that this money will not have any effects on the organization it's given to outside of the increase in funding, and for the sake of the survey, assume there are organizations that can use funding for every specific intervention. This survey will also ask about your confidence in those opinions.

We will ask for your opinions in the form of 1-10 rankings. Please normalize your scores based on an expectation that the average respondent's score will be 5. This does not mean that your personal average score has to be 5. If you think you have less expertise than the average survey respondent, please feel free to use lower scores. Also, this should go without saying, but *please please please* don't exaggerate your confidence or the strength of your views in order to influence the overall survey results. We're all trying to find the right answers to these questions, and we need to cooperate :)

When comparing two types of advocacy (e.g. confrontation vs. nonconfrontation), assume the decision is between very good implementations of each type, not the average implementations. For example, if you think 80% of confrontational advocacy is less effective than nonconfrontation, but 20% is more effective than nonconfrontation, you should answer that you think confrontation is more effective. This is because EAAs usually face decisions between the best strategies, not average ones.

If you have any clarifying questions not addressed above, please ask Jacy (jacy@sentienceinstitute.org). You should be able to leave and return to the survey, but there is no back button. If you make a mistake, please just let Jacy know or take the survey again (and note at the end that you'd like just your second entry counted). This survey is anonymous, but we would like to associate your responses with your name. You will have an opportunity to enter your name at the end of the survey if you would like.

When you’re ready to begin, click the button below.
8622184486632843461710137683491777Jacy Reese6/12/2017 13:54:29
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773637668874364475277317386658357Anonymous
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86267227109108418313091002851010955573Anonymous5/29/2017 11:15:06
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9989343410958181758995598965529527Nick Cooney5/29/2017 11:37:26
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367317264487173665504674555077453
Mahi Klosterhalfen
5/29/2017 12:33:43
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3735195510936269355361030710667102537Kelly Witwicki5/29/2017 13:01:08
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533227269787283887756746746421764Anonymous5/29/2017 16:37:38
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7651375155642643351810019496855743Brian Tomasik5/29/2017 23:01:00
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2832379968365453361882285984105275Zach Groff5/30/2017 1:27:21
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778828374757286767886555857873387Garrett Broad6/1/2017 23:21:38
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779927271788255598455737775338198Anonymous5/31/2017 2:36:19
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428424723253317142556451674264531Anonymous5/31/2017 14:58:26
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10995182786980103777758655862685565Anonymous5/31/2017 18:17:36
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8475272610595175051737332785246553Lewis Bollard5/31/2017 22:26:17
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282618995453535225547224555253155Wayne Hsiung6/1/2017 6:05:47
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Nonconfrontation
VaryingInstitutionalInfluencersAnimal-focusedNonpartisanMomentumReducetarian
Food technology
Long-termMore animals
Less environmental
Less health
More farmed animals
More wild animals
More general antispeciesism
More social movements
Less EAA RCTsLess intuition
More external findings
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The confidence adjustment is a simple weighted average, so 10 means someone's vote counts twice, 7.5 means it counts 1.5 times, 5 means it counts once, and 0 means it doesn't count.
Average w/o confidence adjustment
65.2666666672.2666666674.26.7333333336.4666666672.3333333334.854.3333333337.2666666673.63.4666666676.3333333336.8666666675.5333333335.8666666674.84.3333333335.466666667
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Average w/ confidence adjustment
6.1263157895.8630136991.954.2906976747.218756.7126436781.8636363644.1935483875.447.5909090913.3295454553.2159090916.4428571437.18571428665.964.6951219514.0975609765.693333333
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80%?NoNoInstitutionalNoNoNoMomentumNoNoNoMore animalsNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNoNo
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