Over break, the group continued to reach out to more businesses through email to participate in the online survey. Over the week-long break, we were hoping to have our online survey reach 75 -100 responses. However, we did not receive the amount of participation we anticipated. As it stands now, the survey has a total number of 35 responses, which is not enough to be used as relevant data. Fortunately, the group was able to take another field visit. We have begun collaborating on the presentation. We plan to have the presentation and the paper done by Sunday.
What We Observed
Over the weekend the group visited downtown Mountain View’s Castro Street to follow up with the businesses that were suggested by Alex Andrade, or that we visited previously and did not hear a follow-up from. Those businesses were East West Bookstore, Books Inc., East Valley Music, Peet’s Coffee, and Scratch. For all five businesses, we received their business cards so that the group could send them our surveys again.During the visit, the group observed many “help wanted” signs in a lot of the retail stores. We documented the trend by camera, along with the trend of new businesses moving into open spaces. We also took field notes on the characteristics of Castro Street during business hours.
The team goal, as stated earlier, is to have the presentation finished by Sunday, along with a draft of the final deliverables to Alex Andrade. Next Tuesday we are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to present our findings and their implications to the Mountain View City Council. We will use the opportunity to receive helpful feedback. On Sunday between 4-6 P.M. the group is also meeting to practice the presentation and iron out any wrinkles within it.
We also are making our last push for businesses to participate in our survey, in particular the employees. The group will be calling and emailing the remaining businesses that have not followed up with us. As an incentive, every business that chooses to participate in the survey will be entered into a 50 dollar raffle, the winner of which will be determined next Friday, December 8, 2017. The hope is that the incentive and/or persistence will help boost the number of participants responding to our survey.