Many visitors to YourMorals have told us that they’d like to have everyone in their class, church, or company take one or more surveys and then discuss the results. We have now made it easy to do so. Here’s all you do:
1) Create a Group. Sign in to YourMorals.org and then go to our “Group Creation” page, which you can also get to from near the top of the Explore page. From that page, create a group name. You’ll need to make it something unique, e.g., “Robertsons UVA ethics class” rather than “ethics class.” Spaces are allowed.
2) Send the link. You’ll get a unique URL – a link that you can forward to your group, to invite them to take surveys at YourMorals.org. (See below for an example of an email which you might modify for your purposes and send out.)
3) Pick a few studies. Anyone who creates an account using your group’s link will automatically see a special box at the top of the “explore” page, which says which surveys are the most popular for members of your group. At present, the only way you can get studies into that box is to take those studies yourself. (If you’re the person who created the group, then as soon as you complete a study, it becomes one of the most popular ones for your group).
4) Lead a discussion about the results. We’ll soon post some ideas or lesson plans to help you or your group interpret and discuss your results.
[Sample email to send out to your group]
Dear class [or congregation, or team, or whatever]:
For our next meeting, I thought it would be interesting for us to take a few surveys online and then discuss the results. We’ll use the site www.YourMorals.org, which is a non-profit academic research site run by a group of social psychologists who study morality. Please click on this link:
[paste your group-link here]
That will take you to the site. You should then register to create an account. After you’ve filled out the demographic questions, the site will take you to the “explore” page. At the top of the page you’ll see a table with a few studies listed for our group. The studies I think would be most interesting for us are:
1) Moral Foundations Questionnaire
2) Sacredness Survey
3) Business Ethics Questionnaire
[These three are listed as examples. Most groups will want to suggest the Moral Foundations Questionnaire or else the Sacredness Survey, because those are the two studies that give you scores on the five basic foundations of morality. We will soon offer suggestions for sets of studies that may be of interest to various groups]
After you complete each study, you’ll get an explanation of the study which will include a graph showing your score, the scores of everyone in our group averaged together, and the scores of other people who have taken that study. Please be sure to print this page out and bring it to our meeting. Rest assured that your responses are anonymous. Nobody other than you will see your scores. The researchers at YourMorals.org will only use your data for scientific research, and will never be able to link your responses to your name or identity.
If you have already registered at YourMorals.org, before receiving this email, then you can add your existing account to our group by clicking on this link:
[paste in your add-link here, which was at the bottom of the page when you created your group]