Local Leader Survey 2009 Report

The results of the IA/UX Local Leaders survey are in, and you can download the report at http://iainstitute.org/documents/research/IA_Institute_Local_Leaders_Survey_2009.pdf. This survey was conducted by the IA Institute and was intended to identify unmet needs in local and regional professional IA/UX communities.

For the purposes of the study, an individual was identified as a leader if he or she is engaged in and connected with local, regional and/or international IA communities. Both IAI members and non-members were invited to participate, and over 100 individuals responded.

Some of the survey findings are:

  • Respondents come from all over the world, though are concentrated in the United States and Europe.
  • While most report that organized group activities are available for practitioners in their area, about 1/3 describe their professional community as disconnected, dissipating, or only beginning to form.
  • On average, respondents hold IA/UX activities about once a month, and they believe these events primarily offer the potential for socializing and networking.
  • Respondents report that the IAI has been most helpful in its awarding of grants for organizing events and conferences.
  • In looking to the future, they are particularly interested in the potential for forming greater relationships with local and regional organizations, for leadership support, and for support with managing events.

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