Record response to Gen17 survey

June 7, 2017 by Community newsdesk
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More than 8,600 people participated in the Gen17 Australian Jewish community survey, a record number for any survey of this type in the Diaspora.

The Gen08 survey, conducted nine years ago, attracted around 5,800 respondents.

Gen17 will update previous findings to guide communal planning into the next decade, providing new insights in the community’s resources and needs and evaluating change in the outlook and priorities of Jewish Australians.

It ran for three months from February to May, comprised 208 questions and took an average 46 minutes to complete.

Victoria recorded the highest result with 4,109 completions, followed by 3,938 in New South Wales, 249 in Western Australia and smaller numbers in other states.

Of those respondents, 4,515 were born in Australia, 1,648 in South Africa, 501 in Israel, 395 in the United Kingdom, more than 300 in the Former Soviet Union and smaller numbers in other countries.

Data analysis is now underway. The first tasks are to check for data integrity and to develop weights to ensure the number of respondents reflects the community. Weights will in large part depend on data from the 2016 census, due for release on June 27.

The first Gen 17 report,  jointly prepared by researchers at the Australian Centre for Jewish Civilisation (ACJC), Monash University and by JCA NSW, is planned for release at the end of January 2018.

The survey has been facilitated by funding from JCA NSW, Gandel Philanthropy, the Pratt Foundation, Jewish Care Victoria, Besen Family Foundation, Cher Family Foundation, the Australian Jewish Funders, and the ACJC.

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