Group FAQs

  1. What do groups do?

    Groups help surveys and stories in 4 crucial ways.

    First, groups help in verifying that respondents are real people. As group administrators must know members personally, being part of a group means there are more people confirming that you are not a fake respondent.

    Second, as groups are bonded in some common way or theme, they are also a unique originator of compelling stories. They may write a story about the group itself – say a profile of a group of 20,000 doctors in Davao City, or a story about the medical outreaches they do yearly. Or they may investigate a theme or topic dear to their hearts – say on the issue of illegal abortion among teens.

    Third, as groups increase their chances of inclusion in randomly constituted respondent groups as their membership increases, groups also leverage on the personal networks of each member to increase group size.

    Fourth, groups act as the agents of members with skills needed for task-based work for surveys and stories. They catalog members’ skills, create information materials, promote the availability of their members to SP.A or to other groups for current task-based work requirements.

    For these four tasks, groups are paid separately by SP.A, with each group having the authority to decide how to use or distribute group earnings to members.

  2. Who can create a group?

    Anyone who wants to earn extra income as a group administrator and has the time to manage a group, can create a group. The income earned by the group is separate from the income earned by the individual respondent who answers surveys.

  3. Is a respondent required to be a member of a group?

    Yes. This is because the first of three levels of identity verification – as required by SP.A’s Respondent Verification Protocol – is verification by personal networks. Membership in a group means that a respondent is personally known by the group’s creator or admins (or both). Respondents are required to be members in at least five groups.

  4. Do all respondents have to create their own groups?

    No. Respondents who are not inclined to create their own groups, may also choose to simply join existing groups. There will be a public listing of all existing groups and their corresponding creators and administrators in the SP.A website. Respondents may browse the listings to see if they personally know any of creators or admins.

  5. What are the allowed bases of a group to be a group?

    None. A group can be formed with any bases. Groups can be geographic-based – say a group composed of all your personal friends in a village; or subject-based – say a group of all your friends who love doing TikToks; or peer-based – say a group of all your veterinarian friends.

  6. If anyone can create a group and there can be groups of any kind, then won’t groups types and memberships inevitably overlap?

    Yes. This is inevitable and this is OK. Each person has rich and diverse networks of friends that overlap in interest, location and even level of endearment or solidarity. It is the right and privilege of respondents to join any group they want to be a member of.

  7. If memberships of groups overlap, won’t this result in respondents answering surveys multiple times (thereby putting the resulting survey results in doubt)?

    No. A particular panel of respondents for a particular survey are constituted from a population compliant with the declared specifications determined by the survey’s goal. There are no duplicate individual entries in these populations. As a quick note, the method of choosing the final panelist of respondents from these populations can be of various types – random, purposive or a mix of many methods. But regardless of the selection method applied, no respondent can be a panelist more than once. The groups to which these final panelists belong will be the groups to be considered as part of the computation of the income sharing from the proceeds of the ensuring survey product. As respondents are included in population groups, they are instructed to nominate 1 group (from among the many groups he/she is a member of) which will be the group listed as part of the current survey.

  8. Where are groups created?

    At the moment, respondent groups can be created only on Facebook.

  9. How are groups named?

    The naming convention of groups is as follows:

    [Group Name].[Barangay Name].[City/Town Name]

    Only the portions of the name enclosed in brackets can be changed. This means that all groups (in the Philippines) must end with “”

    [Group Name] can be quite literally anything that the group desires it to be. It may be say “ABRAKADABRA” or “ANGEL’S VOICES.”

    [Barangay Name] is the name of the Barangay where the respondent lives.

    [City/Town Name] is the name of the City or Town where the Barangay is located.
  10. Is there a limit to the number of groups a respondent can create?

  11. How do I invite SP.A as a member?

    Please use the following accounts to invite SP.A as a member in your group.