This week we made minor adjustments to our ongoing surveys as results started to roll in. First of all, we removed the requirement for surveyees to sign in with a gmail account in order to allow for increased access and thus a larger sample size of both business owners and employees. Since Julie could not officially release the surveys for business owners and employees until Tuesday via email, we do not yet possess a large enough amount of data to make conclusions. As of now, a total of 26 individuals (11 employees and 15 business representatives) filled out the surveys. We will make plans to convene with our community sponsor in the coming week in order to assess additional approaches to promoting the surveys and increasing turnout.
What We Observed and Learned
So far we cannot make conclusions about the impact of the minimum wage ordinance on Mountain View businesses and employees, but we do know that our current approach to surveys may prove inadequate. We did not account for the lost time making edits when we planned the surveys’ due date, so we will likely need to extend the survey period for one more week in order to amass enough data to begin our report. We may also need to explore the possibility of two more site visits in order to force the issue of surveying with more business owners.
Critical Analysis/Moving Forward
We made many necessary adjustments and updates to our surveys this week in order to work out the logistics of meeting Mountain View’s needs, but the lost time means we likely need to extend our surveying period for at least one more week (the original deadline ends today). We will also look to meet Mr. Andrade again very soon, either in Mountain View or on campus.