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Survey asks county residents what is important to them

Published: Friday, June 20, 2014 1:41 p.m. CDT

A comprehensive survey asking DeKalb County residents to identify top quality-of-life issues was launched June 18 and is available both in hard copy and online.

Advancing DeKalb County is an initiative led by the DeKalb County Community Foundation and involves more than two dozen area partners, including municipalities, schools, health care providers, economic development groups and social service providers. The ADC survey will serve as the foundation for the coalition’s work by identifying the top two or three issues local citizens care about most. Survey results will be integrated with data and input from local experts to create a well-rounded view of county-wide issues.

The online version of the survey can be found on the ADC website at www.advancingdekalbcounty.org.

Hard copies will be available at nearly 40 high-traffic public locations throughout the county, including libraries, municipal buildings, senior centers, public housing complexes and other gathering spots.

“We are striving to make this survey as widely available as possible,” explained Anita Zurbrugg, DCCF program director. “While many people will take it online, others will prefer a paper copy, so we’re working hard to accommodate all preferences.”

The initial survey will be open from June 18 to 30, after which underrepresented groups will be identified, and their opinions solicited through telephone interviews.

“The results of this survey will be very important in terms of guiding our work in the years ahead,” Zurbrugg said. “We need widespread participation to really understand where our community would like all of us to invest our efforts and resources going forward.”

The survey is being managed by the Northern Illinois University Center for Governmental Studies.

Advancing DeKalb County is known as a collective impact initiative that connects public, private and nonprofit sectors to focus efforts on high-priority issues. The collective impact approach is gaining popularity across the country as communities are able to measure significant progress in meeting important challenges.

Take the Survey

The survey is available online in English and Spanish at www.advancingdekalbcounty.org

Hard copies are available at the town hall or municipal buildings of all DeKalb County municipalities, and at the following locations:

• Family Service Agency and FSA Senior Centers in Cortland, DeKalb, Malta, Genoa and Sycamore

• Civic Apartments in Sycamore, Taylor Street Plaza in DeKalb, and the Housing Authority of DeKalb County

• Public libraries in Cortland, DeKalb, Genoa, Hinckley, Kirkland, Malta, Maple Park, Sandwich, Somonauk, Sycamore, Waterman and Shabbona

• Sycamore: Kishwaukee Family YMCA, DeKalb County Treasurer’s Office, DeKalb County Farm Bureau

• DeKalb: DeKalb County Health Department, Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C), Barb Food Mart, Conexion Comunidad, Oak Crest

• Sandwich: Fox Valley Older Adult Services & Senior Center

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