Community Strengthening Indicator Survey

Thank you for taking the time to fill out this important survey!  We would like this survey to be completed by an adult or head of household ONLY! This survey identifies not only community issues but also as equally important what assets exist and how these assets can be strengthened and expanded.

There are a number of reasons why these survey's are done.  Most often one is completed because there is a desire to better understand both the issues being faced by community and the resources that exist to address these issues.  Community survey's are often done when there is a perception that social conditions are changing in the community and there is a need to better understand these issues and conditions.
Community Survey's allow the community to gather information on the following areas:
·Attitudes and opinions about issues, problems and opportunities.
·Information on what is working well in the community.
·Overall community assets and resources to further develop.
·Priorities for the community.

Community Survey's allow people to:
·Feel engaged in their community and work toward solutions.
·Have a voice in determining policy, community goals and priorities of action.
·Have a better understanding and support for community initiatives.

Community Survey's can also:
·End speculation about “what people think” or “what people want”.
·Provide justification for funding.
·Evaluate what is already in place.
·Learn more about ‘new’ community members.

One major goal of the Rural Community Program CDSS is provide services to assist communities to identify their social needs and develop responses to meet those needs, including:
·Raising public awareness around community issues.
·Developing strategies for community advocacy.
·Developing comprehensive social community plans and initiatives.
·Environmental scans, service reviews, strategic planning, program planning..
·In-kind support to community-based groups until they are able to sustain themselves.
Your answers are anonymous. Your participation in this survey and any of the questions is completely voluntary.

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* 1. Which Community do you live in?

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* 2. To be entered into a $50 gift card draw please provide the following?

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* 3. How would you describe your sense of belonging to your local community?

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* 4. Would you say that you know and trust most, many, a few or none of the people in your community?

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* 5. Would you say your community is a place where neighbours help each other?

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* 6. I have infuence in changing my community for the better

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* 7. I have been involved in community events or activities or volunteered over the past year

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* 8. When alone in your home in the evening or at night are you worried about your safety from crime?

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* 9. Do you feel that your community needs more or better access to services in any of the following areas? Check all that apply

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* 10. Do you feel that your community needs more access to any of the following supports/services?

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