We Need Your Help – Volunteering with the Survey Team


Hello all! The Survey Team is currently looking for new volunteers, particularly people with programming or writing skills as we try to work on our backlog of data and get out more analysis to the public.

As you probably know if you are reading this blog, the survey team is the team that does the Ace Community Census each year. The Census is one of the major sources of quantitative data about asexuals, which also means it is a lot of work. We actually collect more data than our current volunteers have time to process, which is why we are looking for additional volunteers to join the team:

The major roles that we currently need volunteers for are:

  • Analyzing survey data (primarily using Python and/or R)
    • We currently use Python 3 for most of our analysis, which is where we are currently most in need of assistance. We also use some R for our data preparation, so knowledge of R is also welcome.
  • Writing up survey results, either as primary summary reports or one-off blog posts
    • No special software skills required, just a general familiarity with statistical analysis and semi-formal academic writing (think class report more than published thesis).
  • Responding to data requests from researchers (by evaluating requests, sending the appropriate data, and forwarding any questions to the appropriate team members)
    • No software or statistics skills required. Mostly requires good communication skills and the ability to check for and respond to email updates ~once a week.
  • Translation of the survey into additional languages:
    • We do not have the capacity to analyze additional surveys. Having an archive of data for another language may still be beneficial, or if someone with those language skills could help analyze data it would be most welcome.

If you are familiar with Python and some statistics, we strongly encourage you to help us analyze the survey. Without this we cannot complete our reports on the previous surveys. Knowledge in R is also welcome, since it has been used for data preparation.

For the reports, we just need people with good English academic writing skills – no special knowledge required, although a basic understanding of statistical analysis is recommended so that you can understand the things you are writing up.

In general, the roles in the survey team are flexible, with team members often assisting with several aspects of the survey and changing roles as needed.

Primary analysis of each year’s survey begins in late November after the survey has closed, but due to the current backlog of data we have from past years, analysis is currently conducted year-round.

Time commitments are flexible depending on your availability at any given part of the year, but we recommend setting aside at least 4-5 hours a month to do work on your own time, plus monthly team meetings. (Note that team meetings may be more frequent in the couple of months leading up to the survey release in late october).

If you are interested in helping the survey team, please contact the Survey Team directly at asexualcensus@gmail.com. While new team members are considered on a rolling basis, we are ideally looking for volunteers who can start by September 10th. Please allow 1-2 weeks for a response.


2016 Raw Data Now Available to Researchers

We are pleased to announce that raw data from the 2016 ace community census (for researchers wishing to perform additional analysis) is now available! 2014-2015 raw data is also available.

We’ve also streamlined our data request process, so if you are a researcher and would like to request a copy of the raw data, please fill out the new data request form here.

If you have any questions, please contact us at asexualcensus@gmail.com.

¡Rellena la encuesta del Asexual Census 2016!

La encuesta ha sido cerrada.

Otra vez esa época del año en la que estamos buscando participantes para la encuesta de la comunidad asexual.

El censo de la comunidad asexual es una encuesta anual realizada por AVEN (Asexuality Visibility and Education Network) que recoge información valiosa sobre cuestiones demográficas y las experiencias de les miembros de la comunidad. Es la encuesta de mayor envergadura de la comunidad asexual y genera un conjunto de datos para futures activistas e investigadores.

La encuesta está abierta a cualquier persona: as, no as, todavía cuestionándose. Con que seas mayor de 13 años es suficiente. Queremos conseguir esa gran variedad de respuestas de tantas fuentes de la comunidad como sea posible, así que animamos a compartir este enlace con cualquier otro asexaul que conozcas o de las comunidades en las que participes.

Pincha aquí para rellenar la encuesta del Asexual Census 2016

Para las preguntas comunes sobre la encuesta puedes leer

Los resultados serán publicados en esta página.

Take the 2015 Ace Community Census!

Click here to take the 2015 Ace Community Census!

The 2015 ace community census is now available – check it out via the link above!

This ace community census is open to anyone over the age of 13, including both aces and non-aces. It will require approximately 15-20 minutes of your time to complete and will be open until November 15th, after which point no more entries will be accepted.

If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, you can contact the AVEN survey team at asexualcensus@gmail.com or leave a comment on this post, and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can.

And of course, please help spread the word!


-the AVEN Survey Team

Mini History Lesson: Previous Asexual Community Surveys

The 2014 AVEN Community Census was far from the first asexual community survey to be conducted. Asexual community surveys have been conducted at least as far back as 2008.  Here we present a brief history lesson on various surveys, and what we learned from them.  If you’re just interested in the results, see the end of the post. Continue reading

Moving Forward: What analysis would YOU like to see?

Now that the first phase of data analysis for the 2014 Survey has been completed (the preliminary report for Asexual Awareness Week), it’s time to move on to the next phase, which consists of beginning to take a look at specific topics and variable interactions at a more detailed level. We’ll be posting periodic updates to the blog with snippets of this kind of analysis.

Of course, with the number of questions in this survey and the number of responses we got, there’s a whole lot of options for comparisons and correlations we can check – enough that we could probably spend months and months analyzing things from different perspectives (and probably will!). There’s so many interesting avenues of investigation that it can be hard to choose which ones to start on first – but that’s where you all come in:

What kind topics or comparisons would you most like to see analyzed?

Please make suggestions in the comments!

If you need a refresher of what kinds of things we asked about in the survey, you can see the survey text here.

Examples of possible suggestions for analysis could include:

  1. Breakdowns of one question based on responses to another question: e.g. “Were gender identity ratios different among people with different romantic orientations?”
  2. Analysis of questions not included in the preliminary report: e.g. “What were the race breakdowns for Canada?”
  3. Analysis of more specific subsets: e.g. “What about the average age for just people who post on AVEN?”
  4. Anything else you can think of!

While some results will take longer depending on the difficulty of analyzing them (for example, write-ins take a fair amount of time to backcode), knowing which things people are most interested in helps us figure out what to prioritize!

We do ask though that you keep requests limited to information we actually have from the 2014 survey, not suggestions for future surveys – for example, we can’t answer questions like “what are asexuals’ favorite colors” because we didn’t ask about favorite colors. We’ll make a call for future survey topics in the future, so save those ideas for then 🙂

It also helps when you have specific requests – for example, “analyze every question with splits by race and gender and orientation!” is something we’d love to do eventually, but “can you look at how answers to the question “do you feel welcome in LGBTQ and Queer communities” differs based on the respondents race?” is something we can actually answer in a reasonable amount of time.

Preliminary Findings from the 2014 AVEN Community Census

Just in time to wrap up Asexual Awareness Week, preliminary results from the census are now available!

The Preliminary Findings Report is a brief summary of some of the raw data from the survey, to give you an early glimpse of some of the results – it doesn’t contain finalized numbers and it doesn’t address all topics from the survey, but it should be just enough to whet your appetite for more!

We will also begin posting some more shorter snippets of analysis here in the form of blog posts.

Also, many thanks to everyone who took the survey! We couldn’t have done it without you.