National Survey Research

This national survey component draws upon Hartford Institute’s Faith Communities Today (FACT) collaborative initiative of over 20 different denominational research groups. It includes a number of different survey approaches spread across the five years of the grant. 

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Pre-COVID Baseline Portrait of Congregations

This pre-COVID picture was gathered from the FACT 2020 survey of over 15,000 congregations:

Targeted Topical Surveys

We are exploring discrete targeted components of religious life that might not get addressed in a larger national survey. These include brief, focused surveys around timely issues throughout the evolution of the congregational response to the virus and changing social conditions. These surveys are being conducted 1 to 2 times annually between 2021 and 2026.

Explore our first four topical survey reports:

November 2021: Response to the Pandemic
December 2021: Outreach and Social Ministry
April 2022: Religious Educational Changes
January 2023: Clergy Discontentment

Longitudinal Panel Study

Leveraging the FACT 2020 baseline data, we are assembling a longitudinal panel of 280 congregations/clergy to become research partners throughout the five-year project (to be conducted annually between 2022 and 2026).

Nationally Representative Key Informant Survey

We are repeating the large national FACT survey process, tailored to examine COVID related issues, twice in the coming five years (in 2023 and 2025). The goal is to collect data on at least 5,000 churches with each national survey.

The 2023 Surveys:

Large Member Survey

Using our FACT partnership, 15-20 congregations from each of our denominational groups will be recruited to participate in an all-member/attendee survey to explore how these congregational participants are perceiving any changes to worship, fellowship, and religious life during and past the pandemic (in 2024).