The survey

To develop the necessary knowledge to combat and eradicate gender-based violence in universities and research organisations, UniSAFE will investigate its prevalence, determinants and consequences at multiple levels. At the micro level, the project will gather evidence on gender-based violence through a survey among 45 research performing organisations.

The Survey


The aim of the UniSAFE online survey is to provide measurable evidence on prevalence of gender-based violence in universities and research organisations, understanding how it relates to its determinants and consequences.

The survey examines gender-based violence experiences of gender-based violence and related attitudes and behaviours among staff and students. UniSAFE’s definition of ‘gender-based violence’ encompasses many and different forms of violence, violations and abuse, including but not limited to physical violence, psychological violence, economic and financial violence, sexual violence, sexual harassment, gender harassment, stalking, organisational violence and harassment – in both online and offline contexts.

The survey results will then be integrated with qualitative evidence in a multi-level study design, analysed and translated into operational tools for research performing organisations and policymakers.

UniSAFE acknowledges the personal and sensitive character of this research and takes all necessary measures to protect the privacy of the survey participants and confidentiality of the collected data. All data are anonymised with no possibility of re-identifying individuals before they are shared with the participating organisation and aggregated to rule out any potential breach of confidentiality. The UniSAFE survey will include questions on sociodemographic characteristics, for example, age, sex, or education. The respondents will not be asked their name in the survey. The survey data will be collected and analysed in compliance with GDPR.

UniSAFE strives to ensure a smooth implementation of the survey with minimum effort on the side of RPOs. All the technical aspects of the survey, including data protection of the survey responses, will be administered by the project team. UniSAFE will also organise two preparatory online briefing sessions to further clarify the content, ethics and technical aspects of the survey and assist the RPOs in preparing the dissemination of the invitation to the survey among their staff and student community.

Survey Roadmap

This indicative timeline will be regularly updated. Please check it for changes!

End of June 2021

UniSAFE sends out the data entry form for recording participating RPOs’ administrative data. The RPOs complete and return the form by the end of August 2021.


August – September 2021

Two online preparation sessions for RPOs,
including a technical briefing for preparing
email lists.

September 2021

The draft questionnaire is pre-tested by two RPOs.

October 2021

UniSAFE organises a kick-off meeting with delegates from all RPOs participating in the survey.


November 2021

Translation of the finalised questionnaire.
The survey instrument is published after approval.

January – April 2022

Quantitative data collection takes place in all participating organisations.

June – July 2022

Processed data sets are shared with RPOs involved in the survey.
All data are anonymised with no possibility of
re-identifying individuals.

July 2022 –

January 2024

Project community events, development of a toolkit
for RPOs.


UniSAFE has a dedicated Ethics Helpdesk to assist the research performing organisations by providing them with information about ethical aspects of the project and answering their ethics-related questions.

In turn, the organisations commit to obtaining Ethics approvals from their institutional and/or national Ethics Committees, as applicable.

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