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Note: This document is from the archive of the Africa Policy E-Journal, published by the Africa Policy Information Center (APIC) from 1995 to 2001 and by Africa Action from 2001 to 2003. APIC was merged into Africa Action in 2001. Please note that many outdated links in this archived document may not work.

Africa: List Survey

Note: This survey is for subscribers to the Africa Policy Electronic Distribution List. Although it will be kept here for reference after the survey closing date, it should be returned by November 15, 2000 in order to be counted.

To return the form, just copy and paste the questions below into an e-mail message, fill in your answers, and send the message to

Africa: List Survey
Date distributed (ymd): 001001
APIC Document
<Africa Policy Electronic Distribution List>
Fifth Annual Reader Survey October 1, 2000 This is the fifth survey of readers of the Africa Policy Electronic Distribution List. Your responses to this annual survey provide valuable information on your views of our service, as well as suggestions for improvements. We have implemented some of the suggestions from earlier years, and, with your help, hope to continue to improve. The number of addresses on the list has continued to grow. Since the last survey in July 1999, it has increased from some 2600 addresses to almost 3050. Your opinions are important to us, and help us to continue to improve our service. We have tried to make the survey long enough to provide substantive data, but not so long as to be a burden. We hope you will take time out of your busy schedule to fill out the 28 items below. To evaluate trends, the questions are the same as last year. According to our test runs, it should take 15 minutes or less to complete the survey. For your background, a summary report of last year's survey, with links to earlier survey reporets, is available at: As an extra incentive to respond, we will send everyone who submits a completed questionnaire a free, attractive 11" by 17" poster: "Africa's Children." This, the fifth in our poster series, graphically demonstrates the gross global inequities in life expectancy and school enrolment, which particularly marginalize Africa. (Allow four to five weeks for us to process the forms and get the poster in the mail to you.) We do ask (question 27) whether you are currently a paying member of APIC. The e-mail list is free to members and non-members alike. But the contributions of those of you who decide to support us with your memberships are highly appreciated, and essential to sustaining our operations. Last year 12 percent of survey respondents reported that they were current APIC members. You can make your contribution on-line, or print out a membership form to return, at: So please take the time to: (1) download or copy this message into a return message so that you can edit it, (2) put your answers inside the brackets for each question, (3) put an x in each check-box [ ] that applies, and (4) E-MAIL THE COMPLETED SURVEY BACK TO AS AN ASCII (PLAIN TEXT) MESSAGE - NOT AN ATTACHMENT. THE [ ], { } AND < > SYMBOLS ARE INCLUDED TO AUTOMATE OUR PROCESSING OF THE FORMS; PLEASE DON'T DELETE THEM, AND DON'T DELETE THE QUESTIONS. Longer answers, however, may take more than one line. If it is very inconvenient for you to return the form by e-mail, you may send it to us by fax (202-546-1545) or by post (110 Maryland Ave. NE, #509, Washington, DC 20002 USA). Due to the extra time required to process non-electronic responses, however, expect additional delays before receiving your poster. P.S. All individual data on this form will be treated as confidential. Only the analysis of totals will be made public. The names and postal addresses may be used (infrequently) for mailing out announcements or other information from APIC. Thank you very much. 1. <poster>Please send me my free "Africa's Children" poster. [ ] yes 2. <first_name> [ ] 3. <last_name> [ ] 4. <organization> [ ] 5. <postal_address> [ ] 6. <city> [ ] 7. <state/province> [ ] 8. <postal_code> [ ] 9. <country> [ ] 10. <email_address> [ ] 11. <how_long> How long have you been receiving or retrieving documents from the Africa Policy Electronic Distribution List? [ ] Less than two months [ ] Two months to a year [ ] More than one year 12. <how_received> How do you receive or retrieve documents from the Africa Policy Electronic Distribution List? [ ] by e-mail directly from APIC [ ] by e-mail indirectly through another mailing list (please indicate the name of the list) {list_name} [ ] [ ] other (please explain) {other_source} [ ] 13. <access> Do you have access to a Web browser with a direct internet connection? [ ] yes 14. <visit> If yes, on average how often do you visit the Africa Policy Web Site? [ ] more than once a week [ ] between once a week and once a month [ ] less than once a month [ ] never 15. <reading_pattern> Of every 10 documents distributed, on average, roughly how many (on a scale from 0 to 10) would you say you dealt with in the following ways? <Number discarded or deleted without reading [ ] > <Number skimmed quickly [ ] > <Number read more carefully [ ] > <Number archived for later reference [ ] > <Number redistributed to others [ ] > {People_sent_to} If you do redistribute a document, roughly how many additional people do you normally send it to? <Average number receiving a document from me [ ]> <Number used later for teaching or public education [ ]> 16. <frequency> For your needs, is the frequency of documents distributed [ ] Too frequent [ ] About right [ ] Not frequent enough 17. <length> For your needs, are most of the documents distributed [ ] Too long and detailed [ ] About right [ ] Not detailed enough 18. <quality> How would you rate the quality of the information and analysis distributed? [ ] Very good [ ] Good [ ] Average [ ] Poor [ ] Very poor 19. <action_pattern1> When documents call for specific actions, such as writing to policy-makers, how often have you contacted policy-makers by phone, fax or e-mail concerning the issue? [ ] Never [ ] Almost never [ ] Sometimes [ ] Often [ ] Always 20. <action_pattern2> When documents call for specific actions, such as writing to policy-makers, how often have you passed on the documents to others who you think might want to contact policy-makers concerning the issue? [ ] Never [ ] Almost never [ ] Sometimes [ ] Often [ ] Always As you know, our objectives are to reach the broadest possible audience in order to enable more informed public influence on policy decisions. The following questions will enable us to report to you on who we are reaching, and to improve our strategies for reaching wider constituencies. Individual data will be treated as confidential. 21. <age> [ ] Under 20 [ ] 20 to 35 [ ] 36 to 50 [ ] Over 50 22. <sex> [ ] Male [ ] Female 23. <education> What is your level of education? [ ] advanced degree [ ] college degree [ ] secondary school [ ] other 24. <institution> What is your primary institutional affiliation? (Check one.) [ ] educational institution [ ] commercial institution [ ] governmental institution [ ] religious institution [ ] non-governmental organization (non-religious) [ ] media institution [ ] trade-union [ ] foundation or other philanthropic institution [ ] other 25. <africa_connection> What are your significant personal connections with African concerns? (Check all that apply.) [ ] Born in (or parents born in) an African country [ ] Spouse or in-laws born in an African country [ ] Live in an African country now [ ] Worked in an African country for year or more [ ] Visited an African country for shorter time [ ] African-American or other African diaspora community [ ] Business interests [ ] Academic interests [ ] Other professional interests [ ] Activist concerns for human rights, development, environment, social justice and related issues 26. <involvement> If you are living outside the African continent, please check all that apply: [ ] actively involved in local organization working on African issues [ ] somewhat involved in local organization working on African issues [ ] active member of national organization working on African issues [ ] supporter of national organization working on African issues 27. <member> What is your APIC membership status? [ ] I am a current member (contributed $40 or more within the last year. [ ] I have been an APIC member, but don't know if I have renewed my membership within the last year. [ ] I appreciate your information, but have never sent in a contribution to become an APIC member. [ ] Don't know or unsure. 28. <additional> Please add any additional comments, criticisms, or suggestions. [ } ***end***end***end***end***end***end***end***end***end***

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