Introduction to survey
This survey began with an observation that many of the young adults who engage with faith leaders seemingly had disengaged from participating in various aspects of faith and community. Associated with this emerged a question of how to reach this generation aged 18-29 approximately.
The leadership team who lead the Foundational Leadership Programme (FLP) used the early days of the lockdown to design a simple survey on the Survey Monkey platform to gather responses to a series of related faith based questions.
Circulating the survey and gathering responses
The initial target audience of the survey was young adults who connect with and are engaged with faith based activities. It had direct input from leadership in the Archdiocese of Dublin and the United Dioceses of Dublin and Glendalough (Church of Ireland) and other ecumenical leaders, who have a direct role on the leadership team of FLP. The survey was released mainly through social media platforms that have a strong youth and young adult presence, as well as diocesan websites and other media. In turn these posts were copied onto many other independent social media platforms.
The survey was live from 1-31 May 2020. It was envisaged that around 100 could take the survey. A total of 256 people took the survey. Question 9 indicates that the majority of respondents (84%) were aged under 34.
This survey was mainly directed at young adults who take an active part in faith based activities. This is a sub group within a wider youth and social culture. As a result many, but not all, of the comments have a high degree of language of faith and practice.
To read the Report – Young adults and their Faith experience during the Covid-19 Pandemic May 2020