This week, we completed another draft of the survey and received feedback from Jonathan from the City of Salinas. We switched the survey from an online platform to a written platform for the accessibility of the volunteers who will perform the survey. Our draft thus far is a one page, cleanly laid out attempt at encompassing all the necessary components for the audit, such as type of housing, roof, walling, etc.
We will be speaking to Jonathan this week to go over the feedback he sent on the survey and to define our next steps moving forward with the training module.
What We Learned and Observed
From the feedback we have received thus far from Jonathan, we learned that to improve the survey we need to expand many of its current features. For example, we can move some text on the current survey to a cover page, and we can expand on the term "multi-family" for multifamily units. Deciding how to make the survey more concise while still containing all it's implications has been quite a challenge. Since we want the results of the survey to remain valid no matter who is conducting it, we need to be very careful with our language and how we define certain features. We will be speaking to Jonathan this weekend to discuss the issue of clarity versus brevity.
Critical Analysis/Moving Forward
Moving forward, we aim to put the finishing touches on the survey and consequently complete the training module. We are still processing the GIS data that was provided last week to decide how those variables can be included in the context of the survey. One of our biggest priorities is making sure the community groups can resonate with the survey and module, given they were created by an outside group. In the time we have left, we will be taking feedback from these various groups to ensure that it's a survey for them. Additionally, in our discussion with Jonathan we will analyze more critically the issues of sustainability and transportation that the results of this survey will entail. For example, as a consequence of evidence of overcrowding, how can the city sustainably provide more public services, high density housing, and parking space without compromising the environmental viability of the area?