A survey being conducted by the Abbotsford Community Foundation is collecting data and opinions from local residents. (Abbotsford News file photo)

A survey being conducted by the Abbotsford Community Foundation is collecting data and opinions from local residents. (Abbotsford News file photo)

Abbotsford Community Foundation conducts ‘Vital Signs’ survey

Survey collects data and asks residents to share opinions on local issues

The Abbotsford Community Foundation (ACF) has announced that it will be developing a Vital Signs report in 2019.

Residents are now being asked to share their experiences of Abbotsford in a short survey, available online at surveymonkey.com/r/ACFVitalSigns.

Vital Signs is a national program led by community foundations and coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada.

Its goal is to inspire civic engagement and provide focus for conversation and action in communities and around the world.

Vital Signs reports are used by community foundations, residents, businesses, community organizations, universities and colleges, and government leaders to take action and direct resources where they will have the greatest impact.

WENDY NEUFELD

“The purpose of Vital Signs is to examine and raise awareness of the strengths and challenges facing Abbotsford,” said Wendy Neufeld, ACF executive director.

“In particular, our data collection and community survey focus on issues of great importance right now, including housing, income, safety, and work and economy.”

She said that having an understanding of what’s happening at the community level helps the ACF to make effective decisions, and helps local charitable, service, and government agencies to do the same,

In addition to data collection and statistical analysis, the ACF asks that community members respond to a short survey to share their opinions on local issues.

The survey, which is anonymous, consists of 30 questions and should take no longer than 10 minutes. It can be completed until the end of June.

Survey results will be aggregated and shared in the upcoming Abbotsford Vital Signs report, to be published in October 2019.

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