In the midst of a global pandemic and widespread public unrest, a survey focused on community safety and well-being launched in Perth County Thursday will have a major impact on the social issues area municipalities prioritize in the future.
“I can’t emphasize enough the importance of participation for the community,” said Kim McElroy, Stratford’s director of social services. “I think what we need to know as a community is, what are our priority risk areas? We can tell you anecdotally, but this will give … data-driven evidence so that we have a better understanding.”
The 20-minute survey is available online, over the phone or by mail. It includes questions about the participant’s age, race, gender and sexual orientation before focusing on the safety of their neighbourhood, the level of access they have to important services such as health care, housing and leisure activities, and how they feel about local government efforts to improve quality of life.