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OutBüro’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey FAQs

Inclusion survey participant FAQs

Hello! You have probably landed here as an employee whose company is about to launch a Diversity and Inclusion Survey or you have come across an OutBüro public survey. In either case, we greatly appreciate your participation. Your participation will help your employer, and/or countless employers who are striving to understand, interpret and take action to be outstanding employers and an engaged commuity participant.

On this page, we’ll run through some questions that you may have going into this process. Please note: this is all general information and the exact details may differ depending on your organization. 

Q: This survey asks about some sensitive information – is it truly anonymous?

A: Yes, this survey is 100% anonymous. The data (your responses) provided to an employer are not tied to your employee ID, email address, IP address, or anything else identifiable to you. Employer reports and public reports are completely absent of any identifable information and is presented in summary format.

Raw including demographic and personal data such as email, if provided, is only available to us, never shared or sold. We value your time, opinion, and privacy. Your answers are safe, and your participation is voluntary.

Q: If I’m the only person that fits under a certain demographic, how will my answers be kept anonymous?

A:  OutBüro’s tool utilizes a “Reporting Group Minimum.” If you are in any demographic group that does not meet the Reporting Group Minimum, your results will not be shown. They will still count towards the aggregate score, but it is impossible to filter down to any demographic (or combination of demographics) that is below the Reporting Group Minimum.  For example, if you happen to be transgender and there is only yourself or a few in your organization, the details will not be shared while still having your opinions part of the larger summary.

Q: How will my response, even if it’s not identifiable, be used?

A: The team will be able to analyze the aggregated results and distill them into a few, select focus areas. To build a diverse and inclusive organization, we need to understand the employee experience, and that starts with understanding how people from all backgrounds feel about these areas of Diversity and Inclusion.

Q: How were these questions developed?

A: The Diversity and Inclusion Survey was developed by data analysts from OutBüro and social scientists, and diversity and inclusion consultants each with 15-25 years in the industry. It was a collaborative effort. Some of the questions were chosen because historical evidence from OutBüro and our collaborative team shows that there are stark differences between groups. Other questions were chosen based on leading research on the growth mindset, belonging uncertainty, and other inclusion research topics. All of the questions are worded and ordered in a way to ensure robust, statistical validity.

Q: I care about Diversity and Inclusion – how can I help my organization move forward? 

A: Every organization will use their survey results differently, so to figure out how you can get involved, we recommend getting in touch with the team at your organization facilitating the survey. This might be your HR/People team internally – keep an eye out for a Survey Invitation email, which will likely come from the team you can get in touch with!  The best way is to share with your co-workers that you completed the survey and encourage them to do the same.

If participating because you saw this on social media or another way, you can help greatly by sharing the landing page/sign up form page on all your social media account, email it to friends, family, and co-workers. We’ve made this simple by having social and email sharing tools right on that page. We sure would appreciate this as we are striving to create the largest survey data sample for many topics with a focus on the LGBTQ community and others to compare and contrast.

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