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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the British Hindu Report Survey and Focus Groups 2020?

The British Hindu Report Survey and Focus Groups 2020 (BHR2020) were conceived as a pilot polling and engagement exercise with the Hindu community in the UK. The survey and focus group data were reviewed by the BHR statistics and focus groups team to generate insights on demographics and the effectiveness of polling engagement. Insights from this exercise have been used to inform an official survey and outreach strategy for the British Hindu Report (BHR).

What is the BHR Survey 2020/2021?

Using insights from BHR2020, and in consultation with advisors from key Hindu organisations, the BHR 2020/2021 survey is the official poll we will use to create the British Hindu Report. The aim of this study is to understand the Hindu population in the UK in 2020. It will include questions on a range of areas, including:

  • Demographic information such as age, education, where you live and working status
  • The Hindu identity and religious beliefs
  • Experiences of living in the UK as a Hindu
  • Politics and political beliefs
  • Personal and familial health

By filling gaps in existing data, this seminal report aims to produce a rounded profile of British Hindus in the broadest terms, whilst also providing a fine-grained picture of the attitudes and opinions of the community regarding key dimensions of their life in the UK.

The BHR will be a strategic, data-driven document which can be used by a variety of institutions (including but not limited to) local and central government, non-governmental organisations (NGO’s), companies, charities and not-for-profit organisations. It is intended for organisations to use this report in the creation of relevant and targeted policies, initiatives and funding for the needs of the British Hindu population.

Will the BHR survey be compliant with GDPR and what is the data being used for?

Your responses will be collected via a GDPR-compliant platform, SurveyGizmo and will be entirely anonymous. BHR will take all reasonable measures to ensure that they remain confidential. The data collected will be used to produce the British Hindu Report. Results of this research will be published and discussed in an anonymous way (e.g. “X% of respondents said the following”). If you provide answers to open-response questions/write-in questions, these may be quoted in the reporting, but will be cleaned of any identifying information, and attributed anonymously (e.g. Man, over-50s).

Your data will be stored in a password-protected file. Your IP address will be collected only for the purposes of removing duplicate responses, and will be separated from the final data set used for analysis. We have included a “Prefer not to say” or “Don’t Know” option where applicable should you prefer not to answer a particular question. Research data will be stored for a minimum of three years after publication or public release, to enable future examination of the research findings.

At the end of the survey we give the option to enter your email address to be contacted for future research. This is entirely optional, and your email address will be separated from your responses to other questions so that your responses are not possible to link to your contact information.

BHR also collects personal data for anyone who wishes to become a volunteer or participate in a focus group. All this information is collated in a GDPR-compliant manner via MailChimp.

Who will have access to my data?

The British Hindu Report is the data controller with respect to your personal data, and as such will determine how your personal data is used in the study. Your data will be processed for the purpose of the research outlined above. 

The British Hindu Report is working in collaboration with Public First to run this survey. Public First is a research agency which runs questionnaire and survey research for numerous clients. Public First is a member of the British Polling Council, and company members of the Market Research Society. Public First will assist in the analysis of the anonymised data collected through this questionnaire, and will not make use of this data for any research other than that done in conjunction with the British Hindu Report.

BHR will also request permission to use your anonymised data in future research, and to share this data with other researchers. Any personal information that could identify you will be removed or changed before files are shared with other researchers or results are made public.

For further information and our privacy policy, please click here.

What methodology will be used to develop the British Hindu Report?

BHR, in partnership with the APPG for British Hindus and Public First, will work to create a robust methodology for collating and analysing data. This will include:

  • Sampling strategy including high quality baselines
  • Devising appropriate questions for questionnaires and focus groups
  • Conducting structured and semi-structured interviews
  • Collating data and performing analysis

How will the survey be designed?

A pilot British Hindu Report Survey and set of regional focus groups (BHR2020) were used to collate feedback and information on engagement with the Hindu community. These insights were used to devise appropriate and relevant questions as well as an outreach strategy for a longer survey which will form the basis of the British Hindu Report. In designing the survey, we have taken into account best advice from the world of academic behavioural science.

The questions being posed to participants will go through rigorous testing with the results being analysed by a team of statisticians before being presented to the BHR team. The BHR will reference the methodology and address any shortcomings that have been encountered in this process.

How will the survey be distributed?

Based on insights from BHR2020, the team has created an outreach strategy to ensure that there is a representative sample of Hindus responding to the survey. The aim is to have a statistically-significant sample across different socio-economic, geographical, age and gender backgrounds participating in the exercise.

The survey will be distributed in such a way to ensure that the highest levels of integrity are being applied when collating the data. Once collated, the data will be analysed by Public First before being shared with the BHR team to ensure the data is as robust and representative as possible.

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