The Confirmation Project Combined Questionnaire

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Osmer, R., & Douglass, K. (2021, February 15). The Confirmation Project Combined Questionnaire.
This data set represents the quantitative portion of The Confirmation Project, collected from nationwide surveys of confirmation leaders, student participants, and parents in five Christian denominations in the USA. The five denominations included the African Methodist Episcopal Church (AME), the United Methodist Church (UMC), the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA), the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), and the Episcopal Church. All five denominations share a Protestant heritage and practice infant baptism. Survey respondents represent more than 3,000 congregations in these five denominations. Data were collected in two waves: October 2014-April 2015 and January-April 2016.
Data File
Cases: 6,777
Variables: 454
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: October 2014-April 2015 and January-April 2016
Original Survey (Instrument)
The Confirmation Project
Funded By
Lilly Endowment, Inc
Collection Procedures
Online surveys
Sampling Procedures
The research team began with a population sample of congregational leaders, meaning all congregations in the lists provided by each denomination had equal opportunity to participate in the survey via email communication. Only congregations that had participants in confirmation or equivalent practices in the prior two years were included in the distribution lists, and only those with listed email contact information were included. Congregational leaders were asked in the initial communication to forward the questionnaires to all current student participants, their parents, and other leaders. In this way, congregational leaders were the gatekeepers for their congregation's participation in the project.
Principal Investigators
Richard Osmer and Katherine Douglass
Related Publications
Osmer, Richard and Katherine Douglass. Cultivating Teen Faith: Insights from The Confirmation Project. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2018.
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