Faith Communities Today Survey (FACT) 2000, Unitarian Universalist Congregations

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The Faith Communities Today (FACT) surveys were coordinated by the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at the Hartford Seminary. Forty-two faith groups and denominations participated in the project. Each group designed a questionnaire in order to collect data that could be used to compare local churches, synagogues and mosques within the different participating groups. This dataset represents the results from the survey of Unitarian Universalist congregations.
Data File
Cases: 523
Variables: 380
Weight Variable: None
Data Collection
Date Collected: 2000
Funded By
The Hartford Institute for Religion Research

Hartford Seminary

Funded through a grant from The Lilly Endowment, Inc. and by the cooperating religious bodies.
Collection Procedures
The Faith Communities Today survey, with a letter of introduction, was sent to all 1,043 Unitarian Universalist congregations listed in the 2000 Unitarian Universalist Association Directory in the United States and Canada. According to the protocols established by the national interfaith research group, a key informer (who was either a minister or the congregation president when a minister was not listed in our database) was instructed to complete the survey. Reminder post cards were sent to each site.

A total of 523 surveys were returned, a response rate of 50%. Of these, 500 were from the United States and 23 were from Canada. This information was taken from the UUA report.
Sampling Procedures
The Faith Communities Today data bring together 26 individual surveys of congregations representing 41 denominations and faith groups. Project participants developed a common core questionnaire. Groups then conducted their own, typically mail, surveys of a sample of congregations. Usually, the congregation's leader completed the questionnaire.

The project's common core questionnaire includes more than 200 questions covering six broad areas:

* Worship and identity
* Location and facilities
* Internal and mission-oriented programs
* Leadership and organizational dynamics
* Participants
* Finances
The data in this file contains the responses to the survey developed by the Unitarian Universalist Association to reflect the language and traditions of the Unitarian Universalist.


Surveys were sent to all 1,043 UU congregations listed in the 2000 UUA Directory.
Principal Investigators
Carl Dudley and David Roozen of the Hartford Institute for Religion Research at Hartford Seminary

77 Sherman Street
Hartford, Connecticut 06105
fact@hartford.edu
Related Publications
For more information about the FACT surveys go to the FACT website.
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