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This coming Labor Day weekend, the Nation of Makers Data Working Group is updating and prepping language for the 2019 Survey of Makers.

The team has been posting links on Facebook asking for feedback on questions and language, but we know that not every maker is a Facebook user, so we wanted to share the links here to make sure you had a chance to review/comment on.


Review and Update the Question about Tools in your Makerspace

Review and Update the Question about Services your Makerspace Offers

Review and Update the Question about what you use your Makerspace for

Review and Update the Question about Leadership Training

Review and Update the Question about the work it takes to run a Makerspace

Review and Update the Question about Roles in a Makerspace

Review and Update the Question about Professional Services you use in your Makerspace


Why is your feedback important? The survey is being used as a first source of data that maker groups and organizations can use to measure themselves, justify asks through grant writing or other partnerships and for us to learn about ourselves.

Results from the 2018 Survey are being processed and shared on a Blog where the group is aiming for monthly updates. One of the lessons learned was that the number of “write-in” answers was high because of missing standard responses that fit. This makes the data more cumbersome to process and analyze, so the team is asking for community feedback to help better shape the options on these questions better. The hope is that it will make some analysis easier and faster next year… so please take 10 minutes, click through and leave any feedback that will help.

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