Blog 3: Community Information Surveys
As many others mentioned in their posts, I was not at all excited for this assignment, however the process itself did not turn out to be completely terrible. I work for the Division of IT on campus and was able to get a large majority of my first fifteen there. The second fifteen proved to be a little more difficult since I had exhausted my resources at work. I ended up having to venture downtown and a few other locations. Asking people to take the surveys and explain what they were for was slightly difficult. I had a number of people wanting to know what we were going to do with the results, and many who were uncomfortable with giving me their income. If I told them that it was for a class, they were a lot more willing to take it, but were very turned off by the length of the survey. Personally, I felt like the surveys were just added work. We won’t have the results of the survey’s until after our mapping presentations are complete I don’t really see what the purpose of them was if we weren’t able to base our maps off of our findings. Maybe having the surveys due before the mapping presentations would give us a better idea of what communication tools Columbia actually uses, rather than researching every medium and presenting it. The length of the surveys was also difficult. People’s attention spans are short and when you are stopping them on the sidewalk they don’t eactaly want to take ten minutes to read through the entire thing. I feel like a lot of my results would have been different had the survey been shorter, rather than them getting tired and circling “neutral”.