Collaboration in Civic Spheres

Take Our “Blueprint For Reform” Opinionnaire Survey

by John Spady March 9th, 2010

QUICK LINK TO SURVEY, here.

On March 8, 2010, in his “Blueprint For Reform” speech to the King County Council and amid a packed house of department heads and a curious public, King County Executive Dow Constantine laid out “a host of immediate and long-term challenges.”

He challenged the Council and the public to:

investin a 21st century transportation infrastructure,
protectour health and the most vulnerable in our communities,
maintainexcellence in public safety and justice for all,
and partnerwith our cities and regional governments, [and] business and labor leaders, to focus on creating jobs and opportunity.

Next, referring to his draft of the first-ever King County Strategic Plan, he cited four elements of his reform:

Service excellence, a quality workforce, wise financial stewardship, and a robust public engagement

Three local news sources that mentioned the Executive’s address online: The Seattle Times, the SeattlePI.com, and the Seattle Weekly.

I want to focus on the “robust public engagement” aspects of the speech. Executive Constantine mentioned engaging “elected officials and folks on the street” in Snoqualmie Valley about better ways to promote tourism and “bring thousands of visitors to regional attractions.” He discussed working with regional task forces, cities, community organizations, and representatives from the different Unincorporated Area Councils to work on the important topics of transportation, jail planning, animal services, and the needs of rural residents. It’s OK as far as it goes.

But for me there was an opportunity lost to broaden our language “” and our expectations “” for a more “robust public engagement” beyond what was outlined during the speech. We have the foundations already in place right now with the Countywide Community Forums of King County that was created by Initiative 24 in 2007 and is run out of the County Auditor’s office.

Instead of focusing on the (admittedly worthy) opinions of elected officials, members of task forces, and administrators of community organizations “” in general those people who have a platform from which to articulate their points-of-view “” I want to see an acknowledgment of the opinions of even more of the day-to-day “folks on the street”; those people who don’t typically have the time or opportunity to easily voice their opinions in a measurable and meaningful way. How do we hear from all people who want to really let us know what they are thinking?

So I want to try an experiment with my first posting on this Social Capital Review blog… at the end of this article is a link to a quick Opinionnaire® survey that I created about the 2010 Blueprint For Reform address by the County Executive. Normally, I would encourage everyone who wants to participate to meet up face-to-face in small groups, read or listen to the speech, talk among themselves about what they heard, and then answer an Opinionnaire® survey. But we can only do the last part for now here online.

Here’s my promise, if 100 or more people click on the link below and take a few minutes to read the Executive’s speech and then, complete the survey by honestly judging the 20 direct quotations I’ve chosen from the speech, I will prepare a report for the Executive and summarize your opinions of his remarks. Then I’ll highlight that same report on this blog, and, if the Executive has any response to that report, I will report back what he says as well. I will update the comments of this posting from time-to-time with the number of responses received so far. Bookmark the “permalink” below so you can check back and toss in a few comments as well.

Ready? The key link below (also replicated atop this blog post) will connect you to the 2010 Blueprint For Reform Opinionnaire® survey. And thanks for your opinions “” it’s all about strengthening our community social capital!

https://opn.forumfoundation.org/keylogin.php?key=79uakekijae

4 Responses to “Take Our “Blueprint For Reform” Opinionnaire Survey”

  1. This is a good and very objective approach, using proven Forum Foundation methodology, as employed in the State Of The Union reaction survey. Direct quotes from the County Executive’s Blueprint For Reform speech are provided; well-selected, and 20 in total; so the whole of the speech is quite fairly represented.

    Respondents rate their degree of agreement with various key quotes, and also answer a few basic demographic questions.

    This kind of tool allows for useful feedback.

    Kudos to King County Executive Dow Constantine for laying out a bold vision for the county to meet pressing challenges.

    What’s your take? Take this survey, sponsored by the Forum Foundation, and Social Capital Review. As well, please pass around this link, and encourage friends, co-workers and family to respond to the survey.

  2. John Spady says:

    Time for an update…

    As of Thursday evening, March 11, (3 days after the speech) there have been 10 responses to our Opinionnaire® survey received so far:
    Gender:
    4 Male
    6 Female

    Age:
    1 19 years or younger
    2 30-39 years
    4 40-49 years
    1 50-59 years
    2 60-69 years

    Live or work inside King County?:
    10 Yes

    Primary Employment Status:
    2 Self-Employed or Business Owner
    2 Work for any For-Profit Business
    1 Works for any Non-Profit Organization
    1 is a Student
    2 are Unemployed and seeking work
    2 are either a Homemaker, Volunteer, Retired, Disabled or otherwise not employed

    Ever testified at a King County Public Hearing or Town Hall meeting?
    1 Yes
    8 No
    1 Not Identified

    We have been picked up by B-townblog and WestSeattleBlog that I know of (THANKS!). If you know of any opther mentions please drop us a line or leave us a comment in this posting.

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  4. John Spady says:

    Time for a second update:

    As of Monday evening, March 15, (7 days after the speech) there have been 38 responses to our Opinionnaire® survey received so far:

    Gender:
    15 Male
    21 Female

    Age:
    1 19 years or younger
    2 20-29 years
    4 30-39 years
    8 40-49 years
    9 50-59 years
    9 60-69 years
    2 70-79 years
    1 80 years or older
    2 not identified

    Live or work inside King County?:
    36 Yes
    2 not identified

    Primary Employment Status:
    9 Self-Employed or Business Owner
    6 Work for any For-Profit Business
    3 Work for any Non-Profit Organization
    3 Work for any City Government
    4 Work for any County Government
    1 Works for any Educational Institution
    1 is a Student
    3 are Unemployed and seeking work
    7 are either a Homemaker, Volunteer, Retired, Disabled or otherwise not employed
    1 is not identified

    Ever testified at a King County Public Hearing or Town Hall meeting?
    10 Yes
    25 No
    3 Not Identified

    No other blogs have picked us up that I know of… If you know of any other mentions please drop us a line or leave us a comment in this posting.

    The statement the most people have responded to:
    “We must partner, despite antiquated political divisions, with our cities and regional governments, business and labor leaders, to focus on creating jobs and opportunity.”
    (100% had 81 consensus)

    The second most responded to statement:
    “From the top down, where change is needed, we will make it. Where a tunneling contractor can’t get the job done, we’ll find someone who can. Where security services don’t respond the way people expect, we will take action. I will not defend a status quo that is not working for the people of King County.”
    (95% had 97 consensus)

    To learn more about the “Polarization-Consensus Rating” you can click on this link: http://files.me.com/jspady/mkkpos