What we do:

  • We’re a group of agencies working together to collect national data on equine welfare from transition centers, adoption centers, rescues, sanctuaries, shelters, and other organizations involved in equine welfare.
  • We are currently collecting and sharing baseline trends such as capacity, current population descriptions, intakes, and outcomes.
  • Most data on equine welfare in the United States is anecdotal, we feel we’ve done what we can with the data we have.
  • We understand the power of data and how it can vastly shift the dialogue around an issue and drive positive change.
  • Funders and industry professionals identified a need for accurate and credible data, we see it as our responsibility to understand the issues and provide needed insight.

Why should your group become a member and contribute data?

  • First and foremost, membership to the EWDC is absolutely free!

  • Results are aggregated and will remain anonymous with no identifying factors of organizations contributing data.
  • Your data contribution will provide for more accurate study results to help you understand and communicate the scope of the issues you are tackling, better serve your community, and become a benchmark among industry leaders.
  • Granting organizations will be looking for your contribution to the EWDC as part of their funding considerations.
  • Contributing organizations are the first to receive results from the data collected, have the opportunity to participate in a biannual member round table discussion, and are given an EWDC member badge for their website to publicly demonstrate their commitment to our mission.

Help us, help you! Complete the EWDC Survey today:

Here is what you’ll need to complete the survey today:

  1. Your organization’s EIN Number. This will be used for internal record keeping purposes as an identifier to ensure there are no duplicate data submissions. Your EIN (and any other identifying information you provide) will never be shared.
  2. Current records including intake and outcome populations from January 1, 2019 to June 30, 2019. We will be collecting data by category (e.g. number of intakes via owner surrender, agency transfer, law enforcement confiscation, etc.) so it will be important to make sure you have access to your organization’s complete records.

If you have never contributed data to the EWDC before you will also need intake and outcome populations from January 1, 2018 to December 31, 2018. We will be collecting aggregate data including total intakes, total adoptions, and total euthanasias for the 2017 year.

EQUINE WELFARE DATA COLLECTIVE

What are we?

A collaboration to accumulate, analyze, and report data to enhance programming for transitioning and at-risk equines.

Who are we?

The Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC) was created by the United Horse Coalition (UHC), a program of the American Horse Council (AHC), with funding partners being The Right Horse Initiative (TRH), The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA), and the American Association of Equine Practitioners Foundation (AAEPF).

We are a group of agencies collecting national data on equine welfare from transition centers, adoption centers, rescues, sanctuaries, shelters, and other organizations involved in equine welfare.

Initially we will collect and share baseline trends such as capacity, current population descriptions, intakes, and outcomes.

Why are we doing this?

We understand the power of data and how it can vastly shift the dialogue around an issue and drive positive change.

Most of the current data on equine welfare in the United States is anecdotal and we feel we’ve done what we can with the data we have.

As funders and industry professionals we identified a need for accurate and credible data, and we see it as our responsibility to understand the issues and provide needed insight.

We must measure progress and identify risks and opportunities within the industry on a national scale, so organizations like yours can develop impactful and sustainable programs.

How do we plan on accomplishing this?

Online surveys will be distributed to organizations in the United States involved with helping horses in transition within the coming months.

We are transparent with our methodology to encourage participation and produce credible data.

Results will remain anonymous with no identifying factors of organizations contributing data.

Why should your group become a member and contribute data?

Your data contribution provides for more accurate study results to help you understand and communicate the scope of the issues you are tackling, better serve your community, and become a benchmark among industry leaders.

Granting organizations such as UHC, TRH, AAEPF, and ASPCA will be looking for your contribution to the EWDC as part of their funding considerations.

Contributing organizations are the first to receive reports, attend member roundtable discussions, and are given an EWDC member badge for their website to publicly demonstrate their commitment to our mission.

Is this data going to be used to promote slaughter?

No. The EWDC was formed with the principal goal of providing data to the public that is pivotal to improving the welfare of at-risk and transitioning equines. The EWDC does not create data reports to promote any singular program or make legislative recommendations. The data analysis is given freely in an objective manner to educate all about the current status of at-risk equines, those in transition, and the 501c3 and municipal  organizations that assist them. Everyone has access to the same data analysis, and we do not restrict, nor promote, the use of the analysis for any one endeavor.

What do the results mean for horses at risk?

This data demonstrates the varied demographics of the at-risk equine population, the organizations assisting them, and the various ways equines are entering and exiting programs available to them. We feel our reports are the key to understanding how to improve and expand programming for at-risk equines and those in transition.

How do you determine your necessary sample size?

Our goal is to collect from the largest sample size possible. 25% is the response rate for the inaugural report, and we constantly strive to recruit more organizations to participate.

Why didn’t you include other types of groups in the industry?  Why is it just nonprofit, 501(c)(3), and municipal organizations that take custody of equines?

Data was collected from the types of groups whose primary mission involves serving horses in transition: rescues, shelters, adoption agencies, sanctuaries and municipal organizations. We felt this population was a key starting point as they can receive grant funding, public donations, and other public funding. As we grow, we are beginning to survey other aspects of the community, such as groups that provide direct placement services. i.e. assisting transition equines without taking custody of them.

Can I see the individual survey results?

We do not share the full dataset as we always strive to maintain the privacy of our respondents. Our results are audited and verified by a third-party data analyst and the entire report is peer reviewed by an independent organization.

How do you know the reported breeds are correct?

All our data is self-reported by the 501c3, nonprofit, and municipal organizations. This includes data on breeds. Some breeds such as Thoroughbreds are tattooed with registration numbers. Organizations contributing data estimate breeds to the best of their ability and according to their own standard procedures.

What does your report say about the capacity of the entire population of shelters?

At this time, it is out of the scope of the EWDC survey to make national projections based on the sample size. However, it is promising to note that the respondents, representing one quarter of all welfare organizations, reported a total capacity of over 13,000 equines at any one time.

To learn more or to become a member and contribute data:

Contact program manager Emily Stearns at EWDC @horsecouncil.org

Or visit us at www.unitedhorsecoalition.org/ewdc/

EDUCATIONAL WEBINAR:

(Watch the Webinar on the right side of your screen.)

The Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC) recently hosted a live Educational Webinar on May 3rd, which is now available for your viewing pleasure.

The webinar provides a brief presentation about:

  • the history of the EWDC
  • an explanation of the methodology involved
  • an example slide of the data

If you have any questions regarding EWDC, please contact EWDC@HORSECOUNCIL.ORG.

If you have not already submitted your data, or are looking for more information on how to do so, please click the link below.

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INTRODUCTION TO THE EQUINE WELFARE DATA COLLECTIVE

WASHINGTON, DC – The Equine Welfare Data Collective (EWDC), a collaborative effort to accumulate, analyze, and report data to enhance programming for transitioning and at-risk equines, has begun the collection of metrics within the equine welfare industry. The Collective was created by the United Horse Coalition (UHC), a program of the American Horse Council (AHC),…

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Here’s what our participants

had to say about the EWDC!

 

“The contribution process was straightforward and simple to share, provided an organizations keeps good and concise records. Thank you for helping track the status of rescue horses across the country.”

“The requested data is straight forward and should be something all rescues and shelters have readily available. Giving funding agencies a direction via this information is extremely important in providing the best help for horses.”

"Simple questions made it easy to complete."

“I think this data collection is very important and not difficult at all. I am very excited and interested in seeing the results and seeing how we can use this information to better equine welfare.”

"All great information that we’re happy to share."

“Quick and easy."

“Questions were simple and broken down well which made the process easy and worked well.”

“Questions were straight forward and easy to answer.”

“Good data collection questions!”

“Thank you so much for taking on this project! The survey outcome will help us all raise awareness.”

“We are very happy to be a part of this data collection and look forward to the results and trends so that we may all together find more solutions and success for the horses.”

“Very clear and easy to complete.”

“I feel this is an excellent survey which will provide necessary information about rescues and sanctuaries.”

“Challenging, but helps in keeping data clear.”

“Participate, it’s simple. The questions are clear and concise. I did not find any part of this process challenging.”

“It helps us to track how our organization is doing as a whole, the input was simple.”

Questions? Contact us!

Program Manager: Emily Stearns

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