What is Our Stats?
On average, it takes 17 years for evidence-based health interventions to be implemented. This is partly because many decision-makers don’t have access to findings published in scholarly journals nor the datasets that underlie these findings.
As gay, bi, and queer men (inclusive of trans and Two-Spirit people), we know that delays in implementing evidence-based practices can have serious consequences. We have experienced how slowly mainstream healthcare systems can be in responding to our needs. That’s why we are leading the way to improve how evidence-based research is conducted and implemented in Canada.
The Sex Now Survey is a periodic cross-sectional study of Canadian gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men launched originally in British Columbia by the Community-based Research Centre in 2002. With 11-iterations, the second generation surveillance program has collected nearly 20,000 observations across 16 years of dramatic policy change. For its first 7-iterations, Sex Now recruited participants at gay pride festivals in BC. Later, in 2006 the survey launched online and expanded nation-wide two years later. Building on the online survey’s success, the 2011 and 2014 surveys were offered completely online. However, for the most recent 2018 survey, the CBRC began again collecting responses in-person through pride festivals across Canada. The 2019 survey will be administered online.
- The 2014 Sex Now Survey was administered online through social media shares and advertisements.
- The 2018 Sex Now Survey was administered in-person from booths set up at 15 LGBTQ2S+ Pride Festivals across Canada.
- The 2019 Sex Now Survey will be administered online through social media shares and advertisements.
The data that underlies our dashboard isn’t just ones and zeros. It represents our identities, experiences, and so much more. That’s why our top priority in offering this service is to maintain the integrity and security of our data. While this poses some limitations on our users, Our Stats, is still the most advanced and innovative strategy to ensure that the stories we share in our data are used to make our lives better and our communities stronger.
- Anonymous Participation - Our data does not include any personal identifiers. Therefore, because a master list of participants is not available, it would be very difficult to link responses back to those who provided them.
- Data Aggregation - Data on our platform is built off of aggregate data that we have summarized and encrypted before linking it to Tableau. This means that specific response patterns cannot be recreated.
- Administrative Censoring - When a stratification of two variables creates a category with less than 10 observations, the data is selectively displayed so that those with unique characteristics are not identified.
Firewall Security - The data for our platform is secured on firewall-protected servers at the University of Victoria. All visualizations are built using summary extracts that are specially queried by Tableau.
Whether you’re a researcher interested in using our platform to share your data or a knowledge user wanting to take a deep dive into some of the analyses you’ve been exploring on our site, we’d love to hear from you!