The Athens-Clarke County Unified Government (ACCGov) has contracted with the National Research Center at Polco to administer the National Community Survey (NCS) for the third time since 2016 to receive Athens residents' opinions on issues and services in the community. Survey opportunities were sent to 3,200 randomly-selected Athens-Clarke County households this spring through the mail.
As part of the overall survey process, an online survey is now available at www.accgov.com/ncs to all Athens-Clarke County residents who did not receive a mailed survey opportunity. The online survey is active through June 16. The survey should take approximately 17 minutes to complete and requires an email address. Individual survey responses are confidential; no identifying information will be shared with ACCGov.
Once tabulated, the results from the 2021 NCS will be compared to the results from the 2016 and 2018 NCS, both of which featured many of the same questions. The results from the first two surveys are available at www.accgov.com/ncs.
The NCS measures eight aspects of community livability:
- Community Engagement
- Education & Enrichment
- Recreation & Wellness
- Built Environment
- Natural Environment
In each area, residents report their perceptions about the quality of their community and related services, as well as their own engagement within the community
The NCS was among the first scientific surveys to gather resident opinion on a range of community issues and is the largest of its kind in the United States. This benchmarking survey provides a comprehensive and accurate picture of livability and resident perspectives about local government services, policies, and management. It has been used by hundreds of communities in nearly every state. Communities using the NCS have reported that the tool improved service delivery, strengthened communications with community stakeholders, and identified clear priorities for use in strategic planning and budget setting.
The NCS used in Athens-Clarke County asks some general questions that allows for data to be compared with other communities across the United States and also asks some questions tailored specifically for Athens-Clarke County.
For more information about Athens-Clarke County's use of the National Community Survey, call 706-613-3333.