DIY survey

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DIY survey by researcher Henriette Roued-Cunliffe (graphics by John Roued-Cunliffe)
What’s this now – a survey you say – well I don’t have time for one of those. But wait a minute or five – because this really won’t take more than 5 minutes of your time. Unless, you just find that the questions makes you sit and think of that time your Gran taught you to knit and your mind drifts off and …. (or is that just me).

Anyway, I would be very grateful if you would give the survey a try. It’s anonymous as I won’t ask you for any information that can identify you. Underneath the survey there is a form where you can sign up to my mailing list for the project so that I can send you more information about future surveys, interviews and the results of the survey. When you leave your email and name it is in no way connected to your survey reply. If you are still nervous about this you can fill out the survey separately here and sign up for the newsletter separately here.

The idea with this survey is to create an initial overview of the connection between DIY culture and autodidact information behaviour (in other words self-taught information seeking), and identify relevant and interesting research questions on this subject.

One of my aims with this survey is to reach out as far and as wide as possible to those who are not online also. And for this I need help.
If you think this research is interesting, then please print out this paper form (or in Danish) and help those who are not online fill it out. When they have done so, please fill out the survey for them here, remembering to check ” I filled out the survey on paper and someone else typed it in for me” in the last question.

If you are interested in helping me translate the survey into your language, send me an email.

All there is left to say is, thank you so very much for your participation and I would love to hear your comments at the end of the post. If you are still unsure about something, checkout the FAQ at the bottom.


Henriette (Eddie)

You can email me about the research project on research @


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Is the survey anonymous?
Yes, it is anonymous as there is no where in the survey you are asked to state your name, email or any other identifier.

What about when I add my email and name to the mailing list – can you then see what I put in the survey?
Nope, the data is handled by two different services. The survey is a Google form and the data from this goes straight into a Google spreadsheet where it is analysed. The information you put in the newsletter signup form goes to Mailchimp (a newsletter service I use), where it is put on the list I use to send out newsletters about this project. This newsletter is one of three newsletter and I don’t crosspost. If you want to you can also sign up for my newsletters for Eddie’s Room (all-around creative stuff I do) or Knitting (usually my patterns and other knitting projects).

I don’t know what to write in “Highest education level”?
You simply write the highest education level you have. Since education systems are so very different from country to country I have tried to keep the form very simple. Youth Education is a bit of a Danish phrase which I use to cover secondary education as it is usually undertaken by teenagers and young adults. Usually education can be described as primary education, secondary education and higher education (or tertiary education). However, each country has a different definition of what these different levels cover.
Now for a quick guide:
* School covers compulsory education.
* Youth education covers high school, A-levels, gymnasium, apprenticeship and many other types of education that are not compulsory and would not be thought of as higher education.
* University covers all types of higher education. It would usually (but not always) be something that leads towards a degree (Diploma, bachelor, MA, etc.).
* Researcher covers Ph.d.’s and similar research based degrees.

I am aware that it is very difficult for many people to figure out where to place their education and this is a known source of error.

Not finding the answer to your question? – ask it in the comments or email me at research @

3 Responses

  1. Agy

    Hello! I’ve shared the survey :-)
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    • Eddie

      Thank you very much Agy – I really appreciate it :-)

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