Seek­ing your in­put on county gov­ern­ment in on­line sur­vey

In­side your county gov­ern­ment

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

Charles County Gov­ern­ment is part­ner­ing with Na­tional Re­search Cen­ter Inc. to con­duct the Na­tional Cit­i­zen Sur­vey (NCS). We are seek­ing your in­put on a va­ri­ety of ques­tions on the qual­ity of life in the com­mu­nity, lo­cal poli­cies, de­mo­graph­ics, rat­ing of lo­cal gov­ern­ment ser­vices, and your use of county gov­ern­ment ser­vices. This is the sec­ond time that Charles County Gov­ern­ment has part­nered with NCS to sur­vey your feed­back.

Ear­lier this month, a ran­dom and sci­en­tific sam­ple of 1,600 house­holds re­ceived in­vi­ta­tions by mail. If you have not yet par­tic­i­pated in the sur­vey, you are in­vited to take the sur­vey on­line at http://bit.ly/ charle­scounty2018 from Fri­day, Oct. 26, to Fri­day, Nov. 9.

The NCS was among the first sci­en­tific sur­veys de­vel­oped to gather res­i­dent opin­ion on a range of com­mu­nity is­sues and has been used in more than 350 ju­ris­dic­tions across 46 states. It is a high-qual­ity, cost-ef­fec­tive sci­en­tific sur­vey of res­i­dent opin­ion and an im­por­tant bench­mark­ing tool that al­lows for com­par­i­son among com­mu­ni­ties. Com­mu­ni­ties us­ing the NCS have re­ported that the tool helped im­prove per­for­mance, strengthen com­mu­ni­ca­tions with com­mu­nity stake­hold­ers, and iden­tify clear pri­or­i­ties for use in goal and bud­get set­ting.

Re­sults col­lected from the sur­vey will be used to eval­u­ate how Charles County Gov­ern­ment is serv­ing res­i­dents, to bet­ter gauge per­cep­tions of the county, and to make com­par­isons with peer lo­cal gov­ern­ment ju­ris­dic­tions. We will com­pare this year’s sur­vey re­sults against the first year’s sur­vey. We will also use the feed­back to plan and pri­or­i­tize our work strate­gi­cally as we move for­ward. Re­sults from the sur­vey will be posted on the county web­site atwww. Charles County MD. gov. Stay tuned for ad­di­tional de­tails.

By know­ing the suc­cess of our county gov­ern­ment op­er­a­tions, ser­vices, and pro­grams for the com­mu­nity, we will be able to serve you bet­ter and grow in ar­eas need­ing ad­di­tional fo­cus. We thank you in ad­vance for tak­ing time to par­tic­i­pate in our sur­vey. We look for­ward to your feed­back!

Michael D. Malli­noff is the County Ad­min­is­tra­tor for Charles County Gov­ern­ment

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