Task-Based Income Policy

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[Last Updated: January 1, 2021]

Task-Based Income (henceforth “TBI”) refers to income earned by respondents by virtue of their performance and fulfillment of a specifc tasks.

  1. Other income streams: There are three other income streams in addition to TBI: Respondent-Based Income (RBI), Group-Based Income (GBI) and Cooperative-Based Income (CBI). Respondents who are non-Coop members are required to be members of at least five (5) Coop-recognized groups – as they need this for group-level verification and other tasks) but they shall not be entitled to the GBI, TBI and, needless to say, CBI (as they are not members of the Coop). Only Coop members-in-good-standing are entitled to the four available income streams (RBI, GBI, TBI and CBI). If a non-Coop member wishes to tap into all income streams, then he/she must consider applying to become a Coop member.

  2. Applicable rates. The applicable TBI rates shall be based on the terms outlined below OR a separate, supplementary per-story/per-survey rate, whichever is higher. This separate, supplementary rate shall be declared in per-story/per-survey agreements entered into between SP.A and the Coop as necessary. The standing, current TBI rates shall be the ones declared in this document. The rationale for this per-story/per survey supplementary rates is that for fund- or commission-based stories/survey which may have higher rates then the supplementary agreement must supersede the rates indicated in this document.

  3. Benefits of tasks. TBI is justified by the benefits of tasks to the generation of stories or to the conduct of surveys. Individual respondents have skills and talents that are needed in the implementation of story/survey projects. Some of these tasks are:

    3.1. FB group admin

    The FB group admin does identity verification tasks, coordination and liaison during the constitution of research populations, messaging and information dissemination, compliance and enforcement of Coop rules.

    3.2. Project Managers

    Project managers are responsible for the utilization of resources in a manner required for project goals to be reached.

    3.3. Survey Specialists

    Survey specialists are responsible for creating the surveys that are needed by a group for a project. They have access to the necessary survey software and receive technical training and support from SP.A. All surveys created are approved by SP.A before they are deployed.

    3.4 Statisticians

    Statisticians are responsible for generating the statistical analyses needed for each survey.

    3.5. Writers

    Writers generate ideas for content, reach out to other groups in order to form collaborative committees, then proceed to get projects approved by SP.A. After approval they are then the point person for producing the written drafts of the story after the necessary surveys are implemented and after the data/information needed in the story are made available by the Survey Specialist.

    3.6. Editors

    Editors are responsible for ensuring that content is aligned with the intended impact on target audiences. Editors are subject matter experts and as such they are an authoritative resource to ensure that content has the required structure, flow and logic that is sensitive to the topic’s nuances.

    3.7. Copywriters

    Copywriters are responsible for the ensuring that the story produces the necessary action or impact required of readers to achieve the goal of the content.

    3.8. Copyeditors

    Copyeditors ensure that all the technical aspects of the content are satisfactory. Key tasks include checking consistency, errors and accuracy in grammar, syntax, punctuation, spelling, citation-checking and correctness of topic-specific terminologies.

    3.9. Artists

    Artists create any media assets needed by an article/survey. These assets include, but are not limited to, drawings, video, pictures. Artists work with SP.A artists and are given access to the necessary digital tools/applications they need.

    3.10. Web specialists

    Web specialists are the point persons working with the SP.A website in order to create and maintain the web presence of either a group, a story or a survey.

    3.11. Marketing Specialists

    Marketing specialists are responsible for making sure that content messages reach the target audiences. Some key tasks include operation of the social media presence of the project – creating posts, replying to comments, etc. They work very closely with copywriters in order to produce compelling content messages.

    3.12. Translator Team

    SP.A is required to be in multiple languages/dialects. This ensures effective dissemination throughout the entire country in which SP.A operates.

    For SP.A in the Philippines translations will be made for the eight (8) major languages/dialects. These are:

    Bicol
    Cebuano
    Kapampangan
    Filipino
    Ilocano
    Ilonggo
    Pangasinan
    Waray

    Note that the list of languages/dialects above is not exhaustive. There are between 120-187 spoken languages in the Philippines. SP.A will add more translations in the future until all the languages/dialects are covered.


  4. Percent of SP.A Fees

    Fees that are paid to Task-Based workers (listed in section 3 above) are set at certain percentages of the gross SP.A fees. These percentages vary by the kind of content since the duration and complexity of the task required also varies. The target base SP.A fees from which the percentages are computed also varies.

    4.1 Task-based percentages of Foundational/Descriptive/Personal (Positions, Epiphanies, Values, Decisions, Stories)

    In this type of content, surveys are not required and the length (135 to 5,000 words) and complexity are fairly straightforward. Base percentages of Task fees are pegged at the Subscription Fees. The current value of this base percentage is set at ten (10) percent.

    4.2. Task-based percentages of Foundational/Descriptive/Profile Content

    In this type of content, surveys are required and the length (10,000 words) and complexity are substantial. Base percentages of Task fees are higher but are pegged also at the Subscription Fees. The current value of this base percentage is set at twenty five (25) percent.

    4.3. Task-based percentages of Foundational/Investigative Content

    In this type of content, surveys are required and the length (13,500-15,000 words) and complexity are substantial. Base percentages of Task fees are higher but are pegged also at the Subscription Fees. The current value of this base percentage is set at thirty (30) percent.

    4.4. Task-based percentages of Project Content

    In this type of content, surveys are required and the length (varying number of words per project) and complexity are substantial. Base percentages of Task fees are higher but are pegged at the Project Fees. The current value of this base percentage is set at twenty five (25) percent.

    4.5. Summary of Task-based percentages

4.6. Sample computation of Task-Based Income

> Let’s assume the case of a respondent who decides to create an Investigative Foundational Content article (see section 4.1.2.2 in Respondent-Based Income) and he/she acts as the Writer (see 3.5 above). How much does the Writer get paid?

> Let’s recall that in 6.3.3 of Respondent-Based Income the incoming Subscription fees for Respondent Profile Survey releases was a hypothetical PHP 210,000.

> Based on 4.3 above, Task-Based fees are allocated thirty (30) percent of the Subscription Fees so this comes out to PHP 63,000 that will be spread across the different tasks (listed in section 4.5 above) needed to produce that content. Note that this amount is to be shared by all currently published Investigative content on the SP.A website. So for this example let’s assume there are 3 currently published articles. So the allocation of each article is PHP 21,000.

> Based on 4.5 above, the Writer gets paid twenty (20) percent of this PHP 21,000 which is PHP 4,200