Rosa Survey
The Change You Want to See

Compiled by Hill Strategies Research and Rosa
August 2020

About This Survey

(Survey was closed on October 25th, 2020)

We are Rosa. Our goal is to create workplaces where all workers can go to work and not get sexually harassed. That's it. This historic survey is asking you what kind of changes you want to see in your workplace and what kind of barriers around reporting and accessing legal systems you’ve experienced. We’re asking these questions, because you, the worker, have lived through this. Your voice needs to be heard in order to direct the change you want to see in your workplace. 2020 has been rough. We, the arts workers, the contract workers are struggling to pay bills, stay healthy, and ensure that our human rights are protected regardless of skin colour. We have a long way to go.


What we know is that we can’t give up. When we do go back to work, we can’t go back to where we were. That’s why it’s important that you fill out this survey. Your voice and your stories matter.



We ask that you share this survey with your co-workers in the arts. The more people that come to the table articulating the change you want to see, the more impact this survey can have. We want the results of this survey to lead the change. Our job at Rosa is to amplify the change you want to see and to work with employers and unions to see these changes through.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is Rosa doing this survey?

Rosa is conducting this survey with the assistance of Hill Strategies Research. Hill Strategies is a Canadian company that combines rigorous research on the arts and culture with clear and effective communications. Rosa asked Hill Strategies to conduct this survey to help understand and improve the working environment of union and non-union contract workers in the Canadian performing arts, film and television industries.

Who is the survey for?

We want all Canadian union and non-union contract workers in the performing arts, film, and television industries to fill out the survey, including (but not limited to): performers, crew members, screenwriters, playwrights, choreographers, set / costume / production designers, cinematographers, directors, production and post-production workers, and arts administrators and managers. If you are a Canadian working outside of the country, we would love to hear from you too. At this time, we are limiting the survey to workers who are 18 and older in the performing arts, film, and television industries.

How long will it take?

This survey, a first of its kind in Canada, will take between 15 and 30 minutes to complete, depending on your experiences. We would appreciate you filling in as many questions as possible, but most are optional.

Tell me more about the survey

The survey has six brief sections, including questions about your experiences and what you would like to be done to improve working conditions in the arts, such as how unions and employers respond, what governments expect of employers, and what funders can do to improve the safety of non-union and unionized artists. The survey asks personal questions about your experience with workplace sexual harassment. There will be trigger warnings in each section and the option to skip ahead. Keep yourself safe. The demographic questions at the end will help us understand how demographic characteristics might make people more vulnerable and how intersectional demographic factors have an impact in situations of sexual harassment and violence.

What we’ll do with the survey

Hill Strategies will analyze the survey data and provide a report on its findings to Rosa.

Fall 2020: You share your experiences and the change you want to see in the Rosa Survey.

Fall/Winter 2020: Hill Strategies analyzes the data and prepares a report on the findings for Rosa.

Winter 2021: Rosa releases the survey findings alongside Dr. Salina Abji's research on the existing policies and agreements for both non-union and unionized workplaces.

Spring 2021: Rosa works with stakeholders in our industry to make urgent change based on the results of the survey and research

Confidentiality

We recognize that survivors of harassment and assault may be especially cautious about privacy issues. Here is what we’re doing to ensure your confidentiality:

  • All of your responses will be anonymous.

  • No personally identifying details are collected (e.g., name, email address).

  • The survey is being administered via an anonymous link from the Rosa website. An anonymous link means that everyone taking the survey uses the same link. Therefore, the survey link is not traceable to any personally identifying information, such as a name, email address, phone number, or organization.

  • Your IP address won’t be stored.

  • Your individual responses will be kept confidential -- only seen by researchers at Hill Strategies.

  • Rosa will only have access to aggregated results (i.e., combined responses from many respondents). The only exceptions to the reporting of aggregated results are two open-ended questions with written-in answers, which may be quoted directly in our reporting (but will still be anonymous).

  • The survey itself is housed on LimeSurvey (under contract with Hill Strategies Research), not on Rosa’s website.

  • LimeSurvey uses encryption to safeguard survey responses, which will be stored on secure servers in Canada.

  • Hill Strategies will periodically download survey results and house them in a password-protected file. Survey responses and other data related to the project are password protected and only accessible to two authorized employees of Hill Strategies Research. Information is retained in secure locations, protected from unauthorized access, and kept only as long as is reasonably required.

  • The survey must be completed in one sitting, so that the survey website won’t have to place a cookie on your computer to remember where you left off. (A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on the user's computer by the user's web browser while the user is browsing. Source: Wikipedia.)

  • Your IP address will not be saved or stored beyond the time it takes you to complete the survey.

If you’re using a public computer or particularly concerned about privacy, consider clearing your browser history, cookies, cache, and site data once you’ve completed the survey.

The survey conforms to all relevant sections of the federal Standards for the Conduct of Government of Canada Public Opinion Research—Online Surveys, with one exception. For some respondents, the survey may take be longer than the recommended 20 minutes. The survey is quite long because there is a lot that we need to know to work to make change in the industry – and this type of survey has never been done before.

Rosa’s team consulted with legal advisors throughout the process of creating this survey.

Who is administering the survey?

This survey was collaboratively designed by Rosa and Hill Strategies Research. Rosa asked Hill Strategies to conduct the survey to help understand and improve the working environment in the Canadian performing arts, film and television industries. Hill Strategies is a Canadian company that specializes in applying social science research methods to the arts sector, combining rigorous research with clear and effective communications.

Data for the survey are collected by LimeSurvey, a third-party survey software platform under contract with Hill Strategies Research. During and after the survey period, only two authorized Hill Strategies staff members can access the survey responses on the LimeSurvey platform.

If I received an email asking me to complete the survey, are my responses still anonymous?

Yes. In cases where someone (e.g., arts organization, another artist, a union or guild) sent you a link to the survey, your responses will still be anonymous, as per the protection of identity information provided in FAQ #4 (above).

How do I access the survey?

The survey is housed on a secured website. Any contract workers who work (or are pursuing work) in the performing arts, film, and television industries can access the survey here.

Can I pause and resume the survey later?

No. For privacy reasons, we have decided to require that the survey be completed in one sitting. This means that the survey website won’t have to place a cookie on your computer to remember where you left off. (A cookie is a small piece of data sent from a website and stored on the user's computer by the user's web browser while the user is browsing. Source: Wikipedia.)

Can I change an answer on a page that I already completed?

Yes, the survey allows you to go back to change your response to a previous question (by using the Previous button at the bottom of every screen).

Why are there demographic questions in the survey, and how will they be used?

Participants are asked nine general demographic questions related to topics such as gender, age, and racial background. These questions are significant because they may help us identify systemic racism and discrimination in the arts sector. This will allow the results of the survey to be reported in combined (aggregated) categories. In particular, we want to understand how demographic characteristics might make people more vulnerable and how intersectional demographic factors have an impact in situations of workplace sexual harassment.

Are there sensitive questions in the survey? What do I do if I need support while completing the survey?

Some of the survey questions ask whether you have observed or experienced sexual harassment in the workplace. We recognize that these are difficult topics to discuss, and we want to assure you that the time and effort that you are providing in sharing your stories will help create safer arts workplaces.

You may find some of the questions to be triggering, and it’s so important to take care of your mental health. We have prepared a list of resources that you can consult at any time while taking the survey. Please remember that this survey is confidential, and your responses are completely anonymous.



What will happen after the survey ends?

Once you close the browser in which you completed the survey, there should be no lasting memory of your participation in the survey. If you’re using a public computer or particularly concerned about privacy, consider clearing your browser history, cookies, cache and site data once you’ve completed the survey, and then exit the browser. Anyone visiting the survey site from the same computer will be shown the first page of the survey. For privacy reasons, we have decided to require that the survey be completed in one sitting. This means that the survey website won’t have to place a cookie on your computer to remember where you left off.

What should I do if I have additional questions about the survey?

Please contact Alix MacLean at Hill Strategies Research at alix@hillstrategies.com.