Perry is a great place to live and work and raise a family. If this is a statement you strongly agree with or one you strongly disagree with — or if you feelings are somewhere in between — then your opinions are wanted by Drake University in a 10-minute online survey released this week.
The bilingual survey is available in English and Spanish. It is anonymous and completely confidential. Responses are due by Nov. 16.
The first 20 questions of the survey ask about your feelings about the town: Is living in Perry affordable? Is the housing adequate? Are there opportunities here for work, recreation, culture? Is it safe? Do people from elsewhere have a positive impression of Perry as a place worth visiting?
For most of the questions, you simply click on your response, but there are also two open-ended questions in the first section that let respondents explain just what they think about Perry and bring up special issues not touched on specifically in the survey.
A second, shorter set of questions asks how you normally find out about city events and projects. Is ThePerryNews.com your main source of information about Perry? What about the city’s own website or its texts or emails? What about the local television channel, newspaper or radio station?
The anonymous survey ends with a few profile questions about your age, ethnicity, education, how much you use the computer and the internet at work and/or at home, whether you live and/or work in Perry and if so, for how long, and a few others.
The survey is the latest step in an ongoing collaboration between the city of Perry and Drake University. The partnership was described in several earlier reports in ThePerryNews.com, including a report last February and a May report.
“This survey is conducted by Drake University graduate students,” said Sven Peterson Perry city administrator, “and will be used to better understand how we can make our community a better place and improve communications. It’s confidential, so your honest feedback is appreciated.”
Peterson also encouraged people to pass along the link to the survey to others.
“Please share this with a friend and invite them to complete the survey,” he said. “We’d also appreciate your posting on social media about the survey. The more responses we get, the more accurate and useful the information will be.”