Open Educational Resources
Survey research is only as good as the trust that respondents have in those conducting the research, so we take our privacy promises extremely seriously. We want every potential respondent to know that they have complete anonymity. Their answers will always be private and never associated with either their institutional or personal identity.
The privacy of all survey respondents is critical. No personally identifiable information (e.g., name or institutional affiliation) is included in any results.
Open-ended responses may be quoted if and only if the respondent has explicitly granted permission. All such responses will be processed to ensure that no personally identifiable information is included.
When data collection for a particular survey is complete, the raw survey data is moved off line and stored in encrypted format.
We maintain two different sets of contact information – one for conducting surveys and one of persons signing up for survey-related products (such as downloading a report or a webinar).
Survey Related Database
Information used for conducting the research process is carefully segregated from all other contact information. It is never shared with sponsors or other organizations – it is used only for the following:
Information in the survey related database is not shared with other organizations. Partner organizations, sponsors, and other funding organizations do not have any access to this database. It is not used for any purpose that is not directly related to the survey and report process. Opt-out requests are always honored.
All contact information not actively being used for a mailing is stored off line in encrypted format.
Most survey reports are provided as a free download. All reports older than one year are provided at no cost without a requirement for a sign-up process. Some, but not all, of the most recent reports may ask for contact information as part of the download process. Other survey-related activities, such as a webinar on the report results, may also require contact information. This information is valuable to our sponsors, whose support allows us to distribute all reports without cost.
Information in the sign-up database may be shared with sponsoring organizations under the following conditions:
- All persons signing up will have the opportunity to opt-out of sharing their information prior to it being shared with sponsors.
- Information will be shared only with those sponsors directly supporting a particular report; it will not be shared with sponsors of other reports or with any other organizations.
- All organizations using the shared information must abide by proper emailing etiquette and provide an easy method to opt-out of all future mailings.