Tag Archive: Data Buddies Project

More than 150 Data Buddies Departments Reach Across the US and Canada


CRA’s Data Buddies Project started as a pilot in 2011 and has been growing in its reach since then. As of 2020, 159 departments across the US and Canada are participating in the project. The 2020 Data Buddies Survey was launched on October 26th for the students in the DBS longitudinal sample and was distributed to the participating departments on November 3rd.

CERP Announces Webinar for Data Buddies Survey


The CRA Center for Evaluating the Research Pipeline (CERP) recently published a webinar featuring the Data Buddies Survey (DBS). This webinar details some of the background of the Data Buddies Survey, tips for good response rates, benefits for participating departments, and requirements for participating departments. This webinar is designed for a broad audience, including prospective DBS participants. You can view the webinar by clicking here.

If you would like to volunteer your department to join DBS, you can sign up here.

Email the CERP team with questions or comments at cerp@cra.org.

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Women and Non-binary Gendered Computing Professionals Report Lower Confidence in Their Ability to Negotiate for Resources


Among non-student professionals in computing-related jobs, women and non-binary gendered survey respondents report lower confidence in their ability to negotiate for resources in their job. There were no statistically significant differences in survey respondents’ confidence to speak up about issues in meetings or with their supervisor.

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Who is Welcome in Computing?


Analysis of how welcome students feel in computing by intersections of race/ethnicity and gender, and disability status and gender shows that there are significant differences between students from various demographic groups ranging from 36% (Black women) to 75% (White men) of students in each group.

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Undergrads who are Underrepresented in Computing Indicate Higher Confidence in Graduate School Admission & Becoming Capable Researcher than Peers


CERP analyzed the results of the 2018 Data Buddies Survey and discovered areas where undergraduates indicate their confidence in computing abilities. Additionally, CERP uncovered some significant differences in confidence levels between students who are underrepresented and non-underrepresented.

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The Many Pathways to Graduate Education in Computing


We analyzed students’ post bachelor’s degree plans and their intentions for the highest degree they plan to pursue. Our analysis found that not only are the pathways students expect to take not direct but also the shape of these pathways potentially differs for students of different racial/ethnic and gender identities.

Thank you, Data Buddies! (Fall 2019)


The annual Data Buddies Survey came to a close in February of 2020. CERP wishes to thank the 134 institutions and departments that made data collection possible, with special appreciation extended to Elite Data Buddies who received at least a 20% response rate from survey respondents.