For Immediate Release
March 15, 2017
Contact: Rachael Schaffner
Sustainability Project Coordinator
City Releases Results from 2016 Community Perceptions Survey
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — In late 2016, the City asked residents to participate in a Community Perceptions Survey to assess perceptions of a variety of aspects of life in Fayetteville – including parks, public safety, neighborhood cohesion, civic engagement, volunteerism, arts and culture opportunities, livability, and affordability. The survey also asked respondents to prioritize a number of potential goals, programs, or projects that could promote economic, environmental, and social sustainability in Fayetteville.
Overall, 1223 residents filled out the survey; results were analyzed by the City’s Sustainability Department staff and then shared interdepartmentally. A summary was presented to City Council on February 28. The survey data and results will help staff and City Council members with setting priorities for development, improvements, and programs in the years to come. The City Council presentation, survey questions and comments, methodology, and raw data can downloaded from this webpage. Results can also be viewed by ward and sub-ward.
Additionally, the survey gathered data on a number of the STAR Communities Outcomes and Action items. Fayetteville, recognized as a 3-STAR Community, has adopted the STAR Communities guide as a tool for self-assessment and goal setting. The STAR Communities guide requires that cities collect citizen perceptions in a number of areas that are difficult to quantify such as neighborhood-level safety concerns. Fayetteville’s STAR report card can be viewed here.