Hello again Ireland!
Do you have an opinion about the current government? Or maybe you would like a chance to win some gold? Perhaps both? If so, I invite you to take a few minutes to participate in my independent monthly national performance survey.
Anyone who considers themselves to be an active part of the eIrish community is welcome to take the survey. However only current Irish citizens are allowed to win gold (details below).
This survey will give you the opportunity to evaluate the recent performance of:
1) Ireland as a whole
2) The CP
3) All head ministers
In addition to rating government officials, each month I also like to include a unique and fun bonus section. This month you will have the opportunity to vote for a “dream team” of ultimate government ministers, as well as have your say in an utterly shameless popularity contest for the most well-liked member of the Irish community. Just remember that bonus sections such as this are intended to be for entertainment purposes only and will have no official bearing on actual public policy. So have fun with it.
As always, in order to encourage maximum participation I am offering the chance to win gold prizes to those who complete this survey. This month, winners who complete the survey and elect to be in the raffle will have the opportunity to win a total of 36 gold!
8 people: 2 gold each.
4 people: 5 gold each.
Fine print: Although anybody who considers themselves to be an active part of the Irish community are welcome to take the poll, only current Irish citizens are eligible to be entered into the raffle. Winners are randomly chosen by assigning each participant a number based on the order they took the survey and then generating random numbers within that range using the random number generator at www.random.org. All winners are publicly recognized in the analysis article unless they specifically request to remain anonymous.
A very special thanks goes out to those who donated gold to help sponsor this month's survey. Donations this month were again at an all-time high, which allowed us to raise our prize totals to 36 gold (versus 20 gold last month and 15 gold the month before).
AD31: 10 gold donation
James Keiller: 10 gold donation
Mary Robinson: 3 gold donation
If you wish to help sponsor the October survey, please send me a PM! Because I do not accept government funding for obvious reasons, the prize money for each month (and thus the success of this survey) is completely dependent on private donations. The more prize money we can give away, the more people will take the survey and the more meaningful your own responses will be.
Thus far we have 13 gold collected for the October survey (I will try to update this number if/when more donations come in). All full record of past donations and prize winners is available here.
In order to help prevent fraud and abuse, I require that all survey-takers provide a link to their eRepublik profile. This means that responses to this survey are not technically anonymous. I do, however, guarantee that such identifying information will never be seen by anybody but myself. I will never publicize or share anybody’s participation in this survey, much less their answers to specific questions. If I enlist someone’s help in analyzing data, it will only ever be data that has been purged of identifying information. Thus, it is my hope that survey-takers feel comfortable in the knowledge that they will never be harassed regarding their participation in this survey, and that their answers will never be used against them politically.
Rather than using a simple Google form, this survey makes use of a more professional-quality survey program called Qualtrics. The advantages of this program are a more flexible user interface, better analytics, and, most importantly, better security and fraud prevention (see below). More information about the program can be found here.
One important security feature of this program is that it does not allow anyone (including myself) to alter data that has already been collected. The only way to alter existing data is to delete or filter-out someone’s entire response set. However, because I now require people to provide a unique personal identification number (PIN) along with their profile links, survey-takers can be 100% certain that their responses were counted in full in any report by the software in which they can verify the presence of their PIN.
Participants can also be reasonably certain that results of these surveys are not influenced in other ways, such as adding fraudulent responses on top of legitimate data. The detection of multi votes can never be 100% accurate, of course, but the vast majority of them can be detected using the fraud prevention tools that are imbedded within this software and a little common sense. For starters, the program collects metadata on things like IP addresses, screen resolution, and browser/flash/OS versions that I can (and do) check to make sure people aren’t taking this survey more than one time from the same computer. I also check to make sure that no two answer sets are suspiciously similar to one another, especially if one survey has been started within a minute or two of the other survey being finished. Profile links that are collected are thoroughly checked for suspicious properties, such as the use of duplicate profile links or profile links of dead citizens. Finally, starting in the current survey, verification checks will be made via PM for a randomly-selected handful of profile links to ensure that people who took the survey actually are who they say they are. In the future I would also like to start cross-checking profile links with names of suspected multi-accounts. If you have such a list, or know where to find one, please let me know ASAP. However, even without such a list, the tools and procedures outlined above already give me a significant degree of confidence in the validity of my data. If multi abuse exists at all it is extremely rare, and its final effect on results is negligible.
Despite the professional-grade software with all of its bells and whistles, the validity of this survey is ultimately dependent on how much readers personally trust me to actually do what I say I am doing. However, this does not necessarily have to be the case. If any trust-worthy individuals from other parties/groups wish to volunteer to oversee the response verification process, I would WELCOME the help. Such a person would have full access to all of the data (including identifying information) at every stage of collection and analysis, provided we were up-front with survey-takers about who it will be BEFORE they actually take the survey. Not only would this increase the perceived validity of the survey, but it would make my own job easier!
If you wish to volunteer for this position, I encourage you to send me a PM. Please note, however, that such arrangements must be made BEFORE the 20th of each month when the survey announcement goes live, so that potential survey-takers know exactly whose eyes might be looking over their answers. Thus, the current survey is no longer eligible for such oversight as nobody responded to my requests for help prior to the release of this survey. Also, anyone who wants to help oversee the results MUST be someone that I believe most survey-takers would trust not to leak identifying information or hold anyone’s answers against them politically. Thus, this person should be someone who has demonstrated considerable respect for other peoples’ opinions in the past. If this doesn’t describe you personally but you are still worried about oversight, I would be happy to work with you to find someone that we both trust who meets these criteria. I would also be happy to accept more than one person to help oversee the results, provided that they all meet the criteria.
Thank you for in advance for taking this survey!
PLEASE DO WHAT YOU CAN TO GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT THIS SURVEY! Just taking the survey is only the first step! The more you shout and share with your friends, the more people will take this survey and the more meaningful the results will be!
LIST OF PREVIOUS SURVEYS:
[September 2013] July bonus section results
[September 2013] August bonus section results
[August 2013] National Performance Poll #4
[July 2013] National Performance Poll #3
[June 2013] National Performance Poll #2
[May 2013] National Performance Poll #1
[Nov 2012] Saoirse party performance survey
[Nov 2012] Government roles and responsibilities Survey
[Oct 2012] Policy opinion survey
[Oct 2012] Desirable traits for congress members
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