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University of Missouri Extension’s ExCEED Program, in partnership with DED’s MERIC, is interested in learning more about the role of “peers” or “benchmarks” in data comparisons and how you are, or could be, using data in your day to day work.  Currently, most comparisons rank your county against the rest of the state or allow comparison by metro or non-metro status.  We are wondering if a more refined comparison option would make data more meaningful and allow your community to better gauge its status, progress and relative competitiveness.  We are also interested in identifying gaps in data and research services. Economic development is increasingly an evidenced based process that requires the best data and research tools to stay competitive. The questions in the survey are designed to help us identify needs and look for opportunities to create new products and services that meet your needs.  

Please take a few minutes to complete the following questions. The results will be shared as soon as the analysis is complete.  Your responses are anonymous. 

* 1. Please rate the usefulness of the following comparisons and benchmarks for your organization.  How useful are comparisons of your county with counties/regions that are.....

  Very Useful Somewhat Useful Not Useful Not Sure N/A
Adjacent counties
Similar status (e.g., against all other rural counties; against all other metro counties)
Only Missouri counties
Counties in adjacent states
Similar multi-county regions
Similar population and socioeconomic characteristics (age, income, family status, etc.)
Similar economic status (total employment, labor force, etc.)
Similar business and industry mix
Similar infrastructure (highway system, access to ports, airports, rail, etc.)
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