Results of Survey #1
The results are in! See below for a summary of the results to the first survey.
The Vibrant Community Assessment is an assessment for respondents that asks them to give specific rankings of how their community is performing in each of ten categories, each of which is a key indicator of vibrancy. The assessment is a tool that is based upon the book Building a Vibrant Community: How Citizen-Powered Change is Reshaping America by Quint Studer.
Participants were able to see the qualities of a community functioning at a 1 (low level of performance) and that of a community functioning at a 10 (high level of performance). For example, on question 1, “How engaged are your community’s citizens?” these descriptions of what a score of 1 might look like and what a score of 10 might look like were provided:
Score of 1: Few people vote. Even fewer attend public meetings. Few attempts are made to promote dialogue between community leaders and citizens. Most letters to the editor and social media posts on local issues have a tone of disillusionment, pessimism, and anger. In the past when people have given their input, they haven’t seen results so they’ve given up trying.
Score of 10: Voter turnout is high. Public meetings and events attract a large and diverse crowd. Civic leaders communicate with citizens often and through various avenues. While not everyone agrees on the issues, there’s plenty of spirited debate. There’s a sense of optimism in the air, volunteerism is high, and neighbors reach out and help neighbors.
After reviewing each question and the examples of high and low performance, survey takers were asked to rank Liberty Hill in those categories. This assessment ran from 9/1/2022 to 10/28/2022, and 252 responses were received.