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SRA survey 2021, further information

Social Research Associaton survey on membership and training, August - September 2021

Further information on the processing of the data you provide for this survey:


 What is the purpose of this research?

The research is undertaken on behalf of the Social Research Association to help them ensure that their activities are as relevant as possible for social researchers.


What type of information is collected through the research?

The survey focuses on your needs and preferences with regard to social research training and the role of different (membership) organisations in promoting excellence in social research.


What is personal data?

Personal data means any information that could lead to a person being identified either alone or in combination with other widely-available information, e.g. their name, their address, or details specific to that person.

Care will be taken to ensure that any personal data collected through the survey is anonymised for all respondents.


How long will be personal data be held for?

The data collected through the survey will be held during the contract period but will be deleted six months after the end of the contract.

An anonymised version of the dataset will be provided to the SRA. This means the dataset will not include information that could identify you. The SRA will hold this dataset for six months following the end of the project.


What is the legal basis for collecting and processing the data collected? 

The data processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller.


What is the purpose of processing your answers?

The data is used for purposes of planning for future SRA activities and strategies.

By taking part, you will be helping the Social Research Association understand how it can best promote excellence in social research.


Who has access to the personal data collected through the survey?

Only the consultants working on the research will have access to the data collected as part of this research.


Further queries to Graham Farrant, SRA chief executive:  graham.farrant [at]