Thursday, February 10, 2011

We're listening: Dakota County seeks feedback from residents in residential survey

What's important to residents is important to county officials. Knowing what residents value and knowing their priorities help officials make tough decisions about programs and services, especially as budgets shrink. That's why in mid-February, Dakota County will send a survey to find out what's important to residents and learn how they feel about Dakota County.
Dakota County has been surveying residents every two to three years for the past two decades. Survey results are used to gather information about residents' perceptions of their quality of life, the quality of services, and their overall satisfaction with county government.  County officials value the information gathered through the survey and are hoping to receive responses from as many residents as possible.
The survey will be mailed to 2,500 randomly selected households in late February.  Survey results will be available in May 2011, just in time for county officials to review before the next budget cycle.  The County chose to mail this year's survey, instead of conducting it by telephone, to reach those who have dropped their home telephone service and use cell phones exclusively.
The County is working with the National Research Center, a leading strategic planning and research firm, to do the survey.

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