Prince William County Government is in the process of conducting the 2018 Community Survey, which will run through April 30. The survey allows the county to gain insights on how residents feel about the quality of life in the county. This information is then used by the Prince William Board of County Supervisors and various county departments to better understand the viewpoints and needs of county residents.
Issues & Answers, an independent global research firm, will conduct the survey under the Council of American Survey Research Organizations Code of Ethics. The firm will invite 1,600 potential participants, a statistically valid number of residents, randomly chosen from all Prince William County households. Selecting random participants will allow Issues & Answers to get a thorough representation of county residents' beliefs and experiences regarding county services and an accurate picture of their needs.
Those who are randomly selected will get a postcard in the mail with the directions on how to participate in the survey. The 12- to 18-minute survey, which can be done online or by phone in English, Spanish or other languages as needed, is confidential.
The county has been conducting a survey since 1993 when the surveys happened annually. The surveys were switched to a biennial occurrence in 2012.
More information about the survey is available at www.pwcgov.org/survey.