Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty, presented information about data collection, survey contents, and the organization of the final report of the annual Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Survey 2012 and Trends 2008–2012: A Sourcebook of Community Attitudes to the joint meeting of the Mat-Su Borough Assembly and Planning Commission on March 26. The report was originally released in January 2013.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Community Survey, conducted annually
beginning in 2006, is a cooperative research effort between the Justice
Center and the Matanuska-Susitna Borough to collect information about
satisfaction with Borough services, household aspirations, and household
composition. These data are used by Borough decision-makers to
prioritize projects, improve services, and better plan for the future
growth of the Mat-Su Borough.
The 2012 study was conducted by Dr. Sharon Chamard, Justice faculty,
who also was the principal investigator for the 2008, 2009, 2010, and
2011 Mat-Su Surveys. Heather MacAlpine, Justice B.A. Cum Laude ’12, assisted with data collection, entry, and analysis for the 2011 and 2012 surveys.
The 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 2012 survey was distributed to
1,965 adult heads-of-household in the Mat-Su Borough in the late summer
and fall of 2012; a total of 845 completed surveys were returned, for a
response rate of 43%.
This sourcebook presents both the results from the 2012 survey and
trends from 2008-2012 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. Additionally, findings from a
derived importance-performance analysis of the survey data are
presented, as is a compilation of respondent comments.
Information on past Mat-Su surveys and other community surveys in Alaska is available on the Justice Center website.