First question that most people ask: why the extra u? Was it just to get the shorter domain name?
Answer: partially yes, but it is also because I am a Unitarian Universalist. My faith colors much of my life, and very much shapes the kind of research I do. I anticipate that many surveys I conduct will actually be examining UU issues specifically or only open to UUs from my own congregation or others. I will also have other completely unrelated surveys on here.
As I am posting this, I am actively planning to use this site for some independent research projects (in other words, have not gone through IRB, the current primary one is looking at how girls ages 5-12 feel about the new “girly” LEGO Friends line). I used the survey software I have installed to collect primary data for my Master’s Thesis, which did go through Cleveland State University’s IRB. It examined demographic interactions with perinatal care providers’ Likert Scale agreement to items derived from the Ten Steps to a Baby-Friendly Hospital. I collected more than 100 valid responses. If you’d like to read it, send me an email. It is currently unpublished.
Being a generally socially curious person, it’s quite likely that I’ll post some surveys that are just my general interest in the diversity of my own social connections and such, and interest in how people find me through my social networks. I’ll try to remember to put a link here if I open participation in such a general way instead of needing more specific sample populations.
Another question that’s likely to come up: what software are you running on this site?
Answer: you’re reading these words off a WordPress install (makes my life a bit simpler since it integrates into my Android devices), and I use LimeSurvey‘s open-source survey software for data collection. I’m trying to see if I can get some of my programmer friends to write a mobile app for that capable of doing offline survey responding, since a few places that I want to go to collect data are in cell holes.
I’ll likely answer more questions here, and hopefully eventually post a bit of what is going on with my active research projects (and other stuff that catches my sociological eye), so feel free to stop by and say “hi” even if you’re not actively participating in my research. If you are a fellow UU social researcher and would like to use my install of LimeSurvey for your own congregation (or the denomination at large), or would like me to develop a survey for your congregation (or other UU group) feel free to contact me. My plan is to not charge personally for such services, but instead to ask for a donation to a UU organization (my congregation, or a regional or national one that I’m particularly fond of) instead.
If you found me through my business card, the “Freelance Creatress” label keeps me very busy, but doesn’t exactly pay well. We get by primarily on my husband’s high school science teacher income. I don’t have much spare cash to give worthy organizations so I’m hoping to maybe get some funding heading their way through my talents instead. I won’t say no to being paid, but I’m not seeking it. If you’re curious about my other projects, or me as a general person, scroll up and click the “About Ahmie” tab.