Another Senior Thesis Survey

Doing our bit to improve higher education, here is another survey being done by a UW senior. She says:

“Hello! I am a senior at the University of Washington Program on the Environment working on my senior thesis with a fellow senior. We would be grateful if you could take five minutes to fill out the survey. The survey is completely anonymous and we will not reference survey participants by name. Once the survey closes on March 9th there is an optional drawing for a $10 Amazon gift card if people would like to enter after taking the survey.
Link to survey:

Environmental Studies Survey

We were recently contacted by Rachel Pemberton, an Environmental Studies major at the University of Washington, who asked if she could link to a survey she is currently running:

She writes:

Hi there,
My name is Rachel and I’m an Environmental Studies major at the University of Washington. I am currently doing research aimed at identifying trends between demographic factors, attitudes about the environment, and participation in the legislative process. As part of this research, I am conducting a survey and would love to get as many participants as possible! The survey is only 14 questions and shouldn’t take more than 5 minutes to complete. All questions are optional and the survey is completely anonymous. Your responses will be used to compile a report on the relationships between demographic factors, attitudes about the environment, and participation in the legislative process. This report will be shared with my professors and the organization I’m currently interning with, Washington Environmental Council.
Please let me know if you have any questions! Your participation is greatly appreciated.
Rachel P.

Take the Victory Heights Community Survey

There are currently two surveys floating around the interwebs of interest to residents of Victory Heights.  The first is being conducted by Seattle University for the North Precinct of the SPD about public safety.  They say, “The purpose of the survey is to solicit feedback on public safety and security concerns from those who live and/or work in Seattle. A report on the survey results will be provided to the Seattle Police Department to assist them with making your neighborhood safer and more secure.” It takes about 20 minutes to fill it out, and you have until November 30th. Find it here.

We also learned at October’s meeting of the Victory Heights Community Council (full meeting minutes here) that our new Vice President Monica Harris is doing a survey just for Victory Heights and what people want from our community and the council. If you live in Victory Heights, please take a few moments to fill out this quick survey (only 7 questions!) so we may serve you better.  You’ll find that survey here.

In other news, we might put on a raffle with the prize being a locking mailbox that would be installed for you.  We’re also still looking for a few good men and women who’d like to sit on the community council board.  Drop us a line if you are interested.

After the meeting, we toured the police department’s noisy but very cool “mobile precinct” that they parked next to the park.

The next meeting of the community council will be November 15th at 7 PM in the co-op preschool building in the park.

Lake City Farmer’s Market Wants Your Opinion

The Lake City Farmer’s Market, which opens again this year June 12th every Thursday afternoon through September, really needs your help this year. Simply put, if more people don’t start attending, this could be its final year. In preparation for that, they have put out a survey that will help them focus their attention. Please visit the site and fill it out by April 18th.

And then don’t forget to visit the market this year when it starts in June.


City Wants Feedback On Hazard Mitigation

The City of Seattle is looking for feedback from citizens who have concerns about how a major disaster could affect their community. You can provide input to a citywide hazard mitigation plan that addresses the potential impacts as a result of a disaster. In addition to a citywide Open House on Tuesday April 8th, they are collecting input during a public comment period March 25 through April 23, 2014. Comments can be provided during this period through an online survey, e-mail, postal mail or in person at the open house on the 8th at the Rainier Community Center, 4600 38th Ave. South. The presentation at the Center begins at 7 PM and runs until 8:30.

Take a minute to answer the survey if you can and feel free to add comments at the end that you think will help the city prepare for an emergency.


Answer Our Survey: How To Spend $50,000

As you have read here and here, CleanScapes has awarded a $50,000 prize to be used somewhere in Victory Heights/Pinehurst/Lake City/Maple Leaf/Northgate for improvement projects. The Victory Heights Community Council would like to hear from residents about what we should put our efforts into for awarding a project in our neighborhood (we may end up splitting money with other communities, it’s not all-or-nothing). We’ve created a survey after a brief brainstorming session and would like you to vote on your favorite proposal (or suggest your own!).


Lake City Survey

Seattle Parks and Recreation wants to know what kinds of programs and services you need in Lake City.  Your input is very important, particularly if you have children.  It will help them provide better programs and services.  If you live between NE 95th St and NE 145th St and between 15th Ave NE and Lake Washington, they ask you take 5 minutes to fill out this survey.

Local Nonprofit Wants Local Feedback to Improve City Light Website

I’ve been asked to promote this study:

Knowledge As Power (KAP), a local nonprofit, is working on a project to help Seattle City Light better serve city residents. KAP is reaching out to Victory Heights residents and those in North Seattle to participate in a usability study of the Seattle City Light’s website. Seattle City Light will take the recommendations of residents who participate in the study, and redesign their site to be more useful. The feedback will help create easier online bill paying, navigation, and access to conservation information.

Victory Heights residents interested in participating can sign up for a testing session via a quick online sign-up. KAP will be doing testing sessions from early July through August 10th.  So far, we don’t have ANYONE from Victory Heights signed up to test the site, and we want to make sure that your area is represented. The sessions will be under an hour and take place downtown, at an area convenient by bus. KAP is flexible on testing time, based on the availability participants indicate in the application.

“In 2010, KAP ran a usability study for They won ‘best municipal website 2011’ after the City implemented the recommendations and feedback of citizens from our study. We hope to repeat that success with Seattle City Light through this study—it’s really important that we get a diverse range of Seattle residents in this study,” Sarah Schacht, Executive Director at Knowledge As Power

Each participant will get a thank-you gift of $20 for (a local Seattle business similar to Groupon, Living Social, etc.) to spend at local businesses.
The real benefit, though, is that everyone who shares their thoughts and feedback on the site will end up making City Light easy to use and a better resource for the community.

Here’s the link to the study’s application form:

You can find more about Knowledge As Power’s open government work here, at