The 2017 Effective Altruism Survey—Please Take!

This year, the EA Sur­vey vol­un­teer team is proud to an­nounce the launch of the 2017 Effec­tive Altru­ism Sur­vey.



If you’re short on time and you’ve taken the sur­vey in prior years, you can take an abridged dona­tions-only ver­sion of the sur­vey here.

If you want to share the sur­vey with oth­ers, please use this fancy share link with refer­ral track­ing: http://​​​​2q8iy2m


What is this?

This is the third sur­vey we’ve done, com­ing hot off the heels of the 2015 EA Sur­vey (see re­sults and anal­y­sis) and the 2014 EA Sur­vey. (We apol­o­gize that we didn’t get a 2016 Sur­vey to­gether… it’s hard to be an all vol­un­teer team!)

We hope this sur­vey will pro­duce very use­ful data on the growth and chang­ing at­ti­tudes of the EA Com­mu­nity. In ad­di­tion to cap­tur­ing a snap­shot of what EA looks like now, we also in­tend to do lon­gi­tu­di­nal anal­y­sis to see how our snap­shot has been chang­ing.

We’re also us­ing this as a way to build up the on­line EA com­mu­nity, such as fea­tur­ing peo­ple on a global map of EAs and with a list of EA Pro­files. This way more peo­ple can learn about the EA com­mu­nity. We will ask you in the sur­vey if you would like to join us, but you do not have to opt-in and you will be opted-out by de­fault.

Who should take this sur­vey?

Any­one who is read­ing this should take this sur­vey, even if you don’t iden­tify as an “effec­tive al­tru­ist”.

How does the sur­vey work?

All ques­tions are op­tional (apart from one im­por­tant ques­tion to ver­ify that your an­swers should be counted). Most are mul­ti­ple choice and the sur­vey takes around 10-30 min­utes. We have in­cluded spaces for ex­tra com­ments if there is some ex­tra de­tail you would like to add (these are strictly op­tional).

At the end of the sur­vey there is an ‘Ex­tra Credit’ sec­tion with some more in­for­mal ques­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­ment—definitely feel free to skip these ques­tions.

Re­sults will be shared anony­mously un­less you give your ex­plicit per­mis­sion oth­er­wise.

Who is be­hind this?

The EA Sur­vey is a all-vol­un­teer com­mu­nity pro­ject run through .im­pact, which is soon chang­ing it’s name to “Re­think Char­ity”. The re­sults will not be­long to any one per­son or or­ga­ni­za­tion.