10 Weeks to Vegan is a weekly email series from Vegan Outreach containing tips, recipes, and resources for those interested in learning more about veganism. To assess the effectiveness of our program, we surveyed participants before and after they began the email series.
The pre-test is emailed to participants the same week they sign up for 10 Weeks to Vegan. We send the post-test approximately two weeks after people have finished the entire 10 Weeks to Vegan series. To encourage participation, we offer a $50 Amazon gift card to two randomly chosen participants per month.
We first started sending out the U.S./Canada pre-test in September 2018, and as of late June 2019, it’s gone to 39,350 people. Of those, 2,787 participants completed the survey, for a response rate of 7.1%.
So far, we’ve sent the post-test to 1,649 people. Of those, 309 completed the survey, for a response rate of 18.7%.
Below are the results from the 309 participants who received the U.S./Canada version of 10 Weeks to Vegan and took both the pre-test and the post-test.
At the time of the pre-test, 262 people self-identified as non-vegan (either meat-eater or vegetarian) and 47 self-identified as vegan. After completing 10 Weeks to Vegan, 203 people self-identified as non-vegan and 106 people self-identified as vegan. In other words, 23% of those who identified as non-vegan at the start of the program identified as vegan after completing it.
Although some participants identified a certain way (as described in the Self-Identification section above), their reported food intake didn’t always line up with those labels. When we take into consideration participants’ reported diet for the previous month in the pre-test and previous week in the post-test, we see that there was actually a net gain of 16 vegetarians and 34 vegans.
Elimination of Categories of Animal Products
We also looked at how often people ate certain animal products when they started 10 Weeks to Vegan compared to after completing it. There were statistically significant reductions in all categories of animal products.
Reasons For Signing Up
Participants cited various and often multiple reasons for signing up for 10 Weeks to Vegan. For most, their motivation behind signing up for the program fell into a few main categories:
- Health (65)
- Help with transitioning to veganism (65)
- Recipes (55)
- Insight into veganism (45)
- Animal welfare (39)
- Environment (33)
- Reduce animal product consumption (20)
Breaking Down Results by Signup Source
We also looked at whether results varied based on how we signed people up for the series (for example, college outreach vs using online ads). Of those who had completed the post-test survey, 133 people signed up in-person and 176 signed up online. Overall, those who signed up online showed greater change.
After assessing how often people ate certain animal products when they started 10 Weeks to Vegan compared to after completing it, we found that:
- 7% of participants who signed up in-person were categorized as non-vegan during the pre-test and as vegan at the post-test
- 21% of participants who signed up online were categorized as non-vegan during the pre-test and as vegan at the post-test
Based on the question which asked participants to self-identify, we found that:
- 9% of participants who signed up in-person identified as non-vegan during the pre-test and as vegan at the post-test
- 33% of participants who signed up online identified as non-vegan during the pre-test and as vegan at the post-test
Additionally, we broke down results by animal product consumption before and after completing 10 Weeks to Vegan and found the following:
While we want the highest conversion rate possible, it’s the absolute number of vegans that is the most important metric for us. When doing outreach, our tactic is normally to sign up anyone who’s willing, even if they haven’t been previously primed to be interested in going vegan.
This research indicates that Vegan Outreach’s 10 Weeks to Vegan series is having a great deal of success in motivating and helping people to become vegetarian and vegan.