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I get it! Relating with someone of the the same cultural origin (or almost anyone else, as there are personal values and ideals that often clash) is hard enough on its own . But to have to relate with people from other cultures?  😱😱😱 van-der-meme-yikes

And that was what my survey was about- ‘How is your inter-cultural relationship’? The survey was created through Qualtrics software, and sent to family, friends and foes (just kidding about the foes). In all, there were fourty (40) respondents, with fifteen of those from social media and twenty-five from the anonymous link sent through text, e-mail, and WhatsApp. Even though this was not a real-life research, it helped me understand a bit about the people around me as well as myself and how well I have gone out of my way to relate with people from other cultures.

In all, there were eight questions, ranging from understanding the demographics (age, gender, races), to questions like understanding how people from one race relate with differing cultures. For ease of reference, I interchanged ‘race’ to mean ‘culture’. For gender, 57.89% of my respondents were females, 42.11% males. The highest cultural group of respondents turned out to be ‘Blacks or ‘African-Americans’ which accounted for 82.05%, followed by ‘Whites’ at 10%. I can’t say  I am surprised about the percentage of Black respondents, I obviously need to mix more. People within the ages of 21-35 were the highest group to take this survey. These first three set of questions were ‘single answer -multi choice’ type of questions.

The next question was a slider that people had to use to show the level of their comfort in dealing with people of other cultures, to which 38.46% of  people reported as extremely comfortable, while an evenly spread number of 15.38% reported as very, slightly, and moderately comfortable in dealing with people of other culture. Only 2.56% reported as very uncomfortable.

The frequency of relationship with groups was more of Blacks at 92.31%, with the most relations taking place within work/school, which interestingly shows the relationship more with white people at 71%. A matrix structure of question made it easy to place both questions side-by-side to reflect their inter-connectedness.

Ranking type question showed more preference for wanting to learn more about First Nations. As to whether or not people are willing to attend a workshop that could help them better understand how to deal with people of other cultures, 41% are not likely to, 28% neutral, and 31% are likely to.

This exercise wasn’t so much about the data analysis itself per say, but my exposure to conducting surveys, the process that goes into that, the collation of data, analyzing and interpretation of it. This can be transposed into almost anything about public policy or anything else for that matter, for which we seek to gain better understanding of through statistics, and the use of surveys.

The right survey tool is very key in conducting a survey, as well determining the right potential respondents, bearing in mind, how that can impact the results of your survey. Using Qualtrics for instance, I can see the number of respondents in real time, which is helpful in determining the right number of people I am comfortable to reach, as well as a graphical and numerical representation of the responses received in the ‘report’ section.

I also find that it was very helpful to create simple surveys, which made it easier for people to respond, and the fact that they knew it could be completed within a certain time-frame (1.6 mins). While this might not be a true representation of most real life surveys, especially in more complicated matters, the overall key lesson here or me is that:

  • Understand the issue you are looking to deal with
  • Determine your targeted audience (age, gender, working group, student, potential cannabis users or producers, etc)
  • The survey tool
  • What you plan on reporting back, and to whom
  • The number of people you will require
  • How much time it will require to fill out
  • As much as possible, the simplicity of your questions

Finally, by now, I am sure you have figured out that my last question was a personal fun question to see who really loves me enough to score me an ‘A’ regardless, LOL. Fear not, I loved the audacity to say otherwise, how do I get better if no one tells me what they really think? Interestingly, 69% thought I deserved it. That in itself isn’t an ‘A’, but the good thing is this wasn’t a real life survey, if not, I was probably so done. But, on a more serious note, maybe it could be. It would have been interesting to understand what some of the hold backs are for us, and maybe this would help us be more aware of ourselves moving forward.

As you consider that, I am working to expand my circle with non-black folks, as even I have a lot of work to do in this area.

A special thank you to all those who took out time to fill my out survey, I appreciate it. Thank you (English), merci (French), gracias (Spanish), imiete (Kalabari)!

Picture/Meme sources:
https://tenor.com/search/james-van-der-meme-gifs
http://blog.globalizationpartners.com/challenges-with-working-in-a-cross-cultural-and-multilingual-environment.aspx
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