West Norfolk residents will be asked for their views about living in the borough when the Quality of Life Survey begins next week (16 September).
The survey, which takes the form of 2,500 face-to-face doorstep interviews, has been commissioned by the West Norfolk Partnership (WNP) and includes questions about perceptions of crime, community involvement, health, education, communications technology and local issues.
The responses from the survey give agencies working in West Norfolk an insight into the issues that matter to residents and help them to prioritise activity and target resources effectively.
Cllr Nick Daubney, Chair of the West Norfolk Partnership said: “The survey only takes a few minutes to complete but it is a useful way of tapping into what local people think and feel about living in West Norfolk.
“Understanding the issues that matter to our communities allows us to focus our efforts on projects that deliver real improvements for residents so I would urge those approached by the researchers to take time to help us.”
The research is being carried out by M.E.L Research. Random quota sampling has been used to select 2,500 households from across the borough to provide survey data that will be demographically and geographically representative.
Each interview will take approximately 15-20 minutes. Responses are confidential. All interviewers will carry photographic identification badges, wear high visibility clothing and will carry an authorisation letter from the West Norfolk Partnership and MEL Research Ltd.
Anyone who is concerned that an interviewer is not genuine can call Fieldwork Manager, Azim Khan, on 0121 604 4664. Interviews will take place throughout the day (no later than 8.30pm) on weekdays and at weekends. It is anticipated that it will take approximately six weeks to complete all 2,500 interviews.
People who have not been selected, but who would be interested in being involved in future survey work are asked to contact the Policy and Partnerships Team at the borough council on 01553 616200.
The survey takes place every other year.
The survey results will be published early next year on the borough council’s website: www.west-norfolk.gov.uk.