Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler
City of Portland
MAYOR TED WHEELER
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Eileen Park, (503) 823-6541
2019 Portland Community Insights Survey – Open Until May 28th, 2019.
“Portland has become a city of many cultures. We have embraced and thrived from the richness of immigrants and locals. To move forward it’s important to hear from all walks of life in this City. This citywide survey is an opportunity for all communities to have their voices heard in regards to their needs,” said Ping Khaw.
Khaw is the Project Manager for the Community Engagement Liaison Services, a program through the City of Portland that trains civic activists who are available to assist City public involvement program with interpretation and facilitation services. Khaw was hired as the Canvassing Coordinator for the City’s 2019 Portland Community Insights Survey. She manages a team of approximately 40 community-based canvassers who are bringing the Portland Community Insights Survey into the field.
The Portland Community Insights Survey is the City’s new comprehensive survey of the Portland community. By conducting this survey, the Mayor, Council, and City bureaus will gain actionable information about Portlanders’ priorities and how we can improve our programs. The survey is a redesign of the longstanding Auditor’s Community Survey and is being implemented by the City Budget Office. The survey is open to the entire Portland community until May 28th.
The canvassers are part of the City’s Community Data Fellowship program and include students from Portland State University (PSU), Portland Community College (PCC), and local community leaders. After participating in a training workshop on data in local government, best canvassing practices, and data equity, the Community Data Fellows have been administering the survey at community centers, special events, and gathering places throughout the City during May. The Fellows have canvassed at locations such as the Rainbow Night Market, Filipino Night at Portland State University, Black Community of Portland meetings, the Native America Youth and Family Center (NAYA) market, and the City Council Budget Forum on the Mayor’s Proposed Budget, among others.
“I’m proud that the City is committed to magnifying the voices of some of our most vulnerable and underrepresented communities. It makes me hopeful that Portland is further engaging with the diverse experiences and voices that need to be heard and fostering a more representative city for all.” said John Hernandez, one of the Community Data Fellows working on this initiative.
Another Fellow, Karah Grossman, stressed the importance of these types of surveys, “It might seem that our society is inundated by surveys. We see them all throughout social media, in print, and even as part of our market process, but from what I’ve seen surveys work. They give people the power to influence things that seem so much bigger than themselves, and that is why they are so important.”
The survey will remain open for any Portlander to take until May 28th. It is translated into Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, and Russian. After the results are analyzed, the data will be used to inform citywide and bureau-specific strategic planning efforts and programmatic decisions by City bureaus and City Council. Findings from the survey will also be reported out to the Portland community.
The survey can be filled out at the following link: https://www.research.net/r/PDXspeaks
The City of Portland is committed to providing meaningful access. To request translation, interpretation, modifications, accommodations, or other auxiliary aids or services, contact 503-823-1125, Relay: 711.
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