GRAND RAPIDS — The Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy at Grand Valley State University has put out a call for more responses to its 2016 VoiceGR survey.
VoiceGR is an open survey for residents of Grand Rapids to share their experiences with the city. Each year, the survey asks citizens myriad questions spanning health issues, safety, institutional racism, education and more. The results are then used throughout the following year to inform data-driven decisions among public officials, nonprofits, the media and other community leaders.
The survey can be found at voicegr.com.
Over the years, the Johnson Center has worked with local businesses to increase the dataset by encouraging employees to take the survey, which takes about 15 to 20 minutes. The Johnson Center is now ramping up efforts to meet, or exceed, the benchmark set by previous years.
“We hope to help organizations use data to inform their decisions, regardless of their capacity to conduct research on their own,” Jodi Petersen, director of the Community Research Institute at the Johnson Center, said in a statement.“VoiceGR includes topics that nonprofits told us they can’t get data on from other sources. It provides data that can be broken down by demographic groups or local geographies so that it is relevant and useful to everyone from residents to nonprofits to city government.”