Global Data and Insights Team/Our Reports/2020 Affiliates data survey report/Methodology

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Affiliate Data Survey Report                                                                                2020
Sponsor Wikimedia Foundation
Operations Department
Collector Global Data & Insights Team
Survey tool QualtricsXM
Purpose Main objectives of the survey are to collect and analyse data about Wikimedia Affiliates with regards to:
    - Structural composition of membership & leadership.
    - Conflict resolution mechanisms employed.
    - Type & frequency of programs conducted.
    - Affiliate self-assessment of capacities/skills.
    - Membership experiences
Year started 2018
Sampling frame Wikimedia affiliate primary contacts & a sample of community members
Sampling size 163 Affiliates as of 2019
Mode of administration Online survey
Frequency Annual survey
Response rate

163 Affiliates were invited to take this two part survey, from which a total of 387 People started the survey. 275 of them (71%) completed at least 75% of the survey. The respondents are from 96 Affiliates (24 Chapters, 2 Thematic Organizations and 70 User Groups) participated and provided feedback; with a 58% response rate of all recognized Affiliates who were invited to participate.

Response rates varied by region, however, we continue to see a trend of high response rates in Europe, Africa, Asia/Pacifc (Above 50%) and low response rates from North America, The Middle East/North Africa and International organizations (Below 50%) of recognized Affiliates.

The findings from the survey are sufficiently representative of the Wikimedia Affiliates as a community.


Dumisani Ndubane, Jaime Anstee, Dana McCurdy, Rebecca Maung


September 2020