HCP Presents Annual Review of Citizen Survey to Pinellas Board of County Commissioners

CLEARWATER, Fla. (April 2, 2015) HCP recently completed and presented findings from Pinellas County’s annual citizen survey. This was the fifth year HCP has conducted a citizen study for the county.

The annual citizen surveys have aimed at gauging sentiment to allow the County to provide evidence-based service in response to strongest citizen need. Last week, HCP Senior Research Director Sarah Lindemuth presented findings from the 2015 citizen survey to the Pinellas County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC). In keeping with past years, a telephonic methodology was used, with a representative sample of the Pinellas County population.

The results have since been published online, with some notable differences. Much of the content remains consistent from year to year for trending purposes. Trending revealed significant improvements in quality of life and levels of recommendation for living, working, raising children and retiring in Pinellas County in comparison to levels captured in the initial study.

Overall, the study has progressed since inception in 2011, to allow for broader scope and greater depth of questions. These developments have been positive for the usability of results, allowing for HCP to collaborate with Pinellas County leadership and with various departments to help represent and echo the citizen perspective.

Lindemuth remarked, “We are eager to provide first-hand accounts of the Pinellas County citizen perspective, to allow for more complete integration of this critical stakeholder information into policy decision-making. We value this opportunity to facilitate integration of representative data into decision-making for informed leadership.”

In its fifth year, the survey continues to be a revealing process from beginning to end, with unique insights available by presentation time each year. 2015 was no different, with positive developments throughout survey execution that ultimately led to substantial findings for final presentation.

To view the 2015 survey results, see the Pinellas County website at: http://www.pinellascounty.org/budget/.

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