Diversity of Charity and Non-profit Boards (DCNB)

Detailed information for December 2020

Status:

Active

Frequency:

One Time

Record number:

5344

The purpose of this crowdsourcing questionnaire is to better understand who serves on the boards of charities and non-profits. In addition to collecting information about the diversity of board members, we explore topics such as what organizations do, who they serve, and where they are located.

This information will help non-profits and charities better understand how their board compares to those of similar organizations. Data may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

Anybody involved in the governance of a charity or non-profit organization can answer the questionnaire. Although voluntary, your participation is important so that the information collected is as accurate and complete as possible.

Data release - February 11, 2021

Description

From December 4 to 23, 2020, Statistics Canada will collect information on the Diversity of Charity and Non-profit Boards (DCNB) via crowdsourcing.

The objective of this crowdsourcing initiative is to better understand who serves on the boards of charities and non-profits. In addition to collecting information about the diversity of board members, we explore topics such as what organizations do, who they serve, and where they are located.

This information will help non-profits and charities better understand how their board compares to those of similar organizations. Data may also be used by Statistics Canada for other statistical and research purposes.

In order to conduct this crowdsourcing data collection rapidly, it will only be available online. Members of the board of directors may be invited by their organization to participate in the Diversity of Charity and Non-profit Boards crowdsourcing initiative. Participants may also be recruited through social media.

Data sources and methodology

Target population

Results for this survey will be crowdsourced from non-profit organizations in Canada. The target population for the survey includes both non-profit organizations themselves and members of their boards of directors. A communications campaign will be launched to both encourage organizations to complete the survey and also to pass the information about the survey on to their board members for them to complete the survey as well.

Instrument design

The collection instrument for this survey was an electronic questionnaire. The questionnaire was developed with the collective input from organizations representing the non-profit sector in Canada. Questionnaire design experts reviewed the questionnaire and provided feedback.

Sampling

No sample selection is done for this crowdsourcing initiative.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2020-12-04 to 2021-01-18

Participation in this crowdsourcing initiative is voluntary.

Data are collected directly from survey respondents.

EQ Collection method

View the Questionnaire(s) and reporting guide(s) .

Error detection

An edit on age was built into the online questionnaire to maximize the quality of the data. Further error detection of invalid or missing values was performed at a micro level.

Imputation

No imputation was performed on questions left unanswered by participants.

Estimation

Because of the non-probabilistic nature of the crowdsourcing data collection, a probability of selection was not available given the absence of a sample design and a survey weight was not calculated. Furthermore, no adjustment was made for non-response as the concept of a non-response rate is not applicable in the crowdsourcing context.

Quality evaluation

While an outlier detection process is used on the crowdsourced data, caution must be exercised when interpreting these data because data collection is conducted on a voluntary basis and therefore subject to multiple biases.

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects that could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Data accuracy

This methodology does not apply.

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