Data Requests and Contacts

Requests to Conduct Research with SWE Members

SWE Headquarters has recently seen an increasing interest in surveying and conducting research of its membership, necessitating the development of an application process and survey guidelines. The following apply to requests for SWE members’ contact information, research campaigns to members, data from the SWE membership database, or other SWE data. To protect SWE members from survey fatigue and to ensure a good response rate to official SWE research efforts, requests to conduct external research will be approved on a competitive basis.

Please note that SWE does not give out the email addresses of its members. If a survey request is approved, the survey will be promoted through SWE social media outlets and/or email blasts, upon agreement between SWE and the researcher prior to survey distribution.

Application Process:

All researchers must submit a completed application for consideration. SWE will review the application and respond within two weeks. Please contact research@swe.org for an application and further instructions.

Guidelines:

  • Research proposals should be directly linked to SWE’s mission, which is to “stimulate women to achieve full potential in careers as engineers and leaders, expand the image of the engineering profession as a positive force in improving the quality of life, and demonstrate the value of diversity.”
  • The researcher must obtain approval by their Institutional Review Board for the Protection of Human Participants (IRB).
  • The research must be conducted in accordance with well-established research methods.
  • The number, timing, method, and content of the research must not conflict with the SWE Strategic Plan, or negatively impact participants.
  • Surveys should be as brief and to the point as possible. This will improve response and completion rates.
    • The invitation to complete the survey must state
      1. the number of total questions and
      2. the anticipated completion time.
    • The survey should include a question/function for respondents to decline participation in the survey if they do not feel qualified to respond to the survey.