The UK's first and largest survey of its kind has launched, to document the impact of Covid-19, and the lockdowns, on the lives of people from ethnic and religious minority groups.
Its aim is to find out how the Covid-19 pandemic, and the lockdowns, have affected ethnic minority people across England, Scotland and Wales, in all areas of their lives. This will include questions on education, employment, economic wellbeing, housing, social, political participation and health, as well as capturing people's experiences of racism and discrimination.
Ethnic and religious minorities are often under-represented in other surveys in the UK. This means that when survey data are used as evidence for policy change, their voices and experiences are marginalised and, sometimes, misrepresented.
EVENS will employ a hard-to-capture data collection methodology that will use specialised recruitment strategies into the survey. With a strong involvement of a wide range of Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) partners, who have contributed to the development of the survey’s content, EVENS will recruit 17,000 ethnic minority participants through targeted advertising and digital campaigns. The survey will also recruit participants from the five major ethnic minority groups (Pakistani, Indian, Bangladeshi, Black Caribbean and Black African (sub-Saharan and other)), as well as ethnic minority groups that have not been targeted by previous surveys, including Arab, Roma, Gypsy and Irish Traveller, and Chinese groups. You can find out more about how the survey was designed here.
How to take part
To take part in the survey, you will need to be aged 18 or over and identify as from an ethnic or religious minority group.
To express your interest in taking part, you will need to fill in a short online registration survey. If you are eligible, you will then be asked to participate in a 30-minute online survey or, if you prefer, a 40-minute telephone survey interview about your experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic.
All those that complete the survey in full will receive a gift voucher.
Further instructions (including a link to take part) can be found here.
How will the results be shared?
The results of the survey will be published on the study website. Survey findings will be published and shared with academic users through online working papers, articles in peer-reviewed journals, edited volumes, monographs, seminars, and conference presentations. Policy briefings, media articles and blog posts will also be published, based on the survey findings. Findings will be shared with the public through a range of workshops, podcasts and videos.
For more information on the EVENS Survey, click here.