Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Dr. Chamard heads up future Mat-Su Borough Community Survey studies

Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, will be working on two additional studies related to communities in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough.

The first is a trend analysis that looks at data from the 2006 through 2009 Mat-Su Borough Community Surveys. A series of graphs and charts will show changes over the years in attitudes and opinions. It is anticipated that each future survey will include a trend analysis of this type.

The second project is for the 2010 survey. Dr. Chamard was recently awarded the contract for the 2010 Matanuska-Susistna Borough Community Survey.

The yearly survey asks Mat-Su Borough residents to evaluate the quality of Borough services, provide opinions about Borough decision-making, and sum up their perceptions about a range of issues relevant to the present and future of the Mat-Su community. The survey provides results in five major areas: (1) evaluation of current borough services; (2) use of borough facilities; (3) life in Mat-Su neighborhoods; (4) local government access, policies, and practices; and (5) respondent background information. Government agencies and policymakers use this data to assist in responding to residents' concerns and needs and in planning future projects.

Photo of farm near Palmer, a community in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough. Courtesy of the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health.