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Monday, March 4, 2013

Wellbeing Survey: CanCERN questions and CERA’s answers - Part 1

In the latest CanCERN newsletter (No. 74, here) are the four questions CanCERN asked CERA about the wellbeing survey.  CERA provided answers to each question and they are, at best, uninspiring.

The CanCERN questions are in bold italics with the CERA responses following.

1. Why were the On-line survey results not part of this release? What was the reasoning behind this and can you give a clearer timeframe for when they will be released?

The Wellbeing Survey garnered responses from 2381 residents selected randomly from the electoral roll in Christchurch city, the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts. Once that had been completed the survey was then extended to all members of the public in greater Christchurch.

Because it was collected separately and at a later date, the data from this group is still being analysed but once this is completed we will release the findings. We will let you know when this is coming up.

2. Will these results be analysed separately or will they inform the overall results of the survey?

The results are deliberately being analysed separately as the opt-in results are not representative of the population as a whole. People self-selected which creates a natural bias on the data. CERA undertook the opt-in survey to better understand the views of those who have taken the time to put forward their views, and will help inform CERA’s recovery planning and decision-making.

3. How will the results of this survey be incorporated into other wellbeing measures and what can people expect to see as a result of the survey results?

The Survey results will specifically inform operational and strategic decision making and the results are being used in multiple arenas i.e. informing Psycho-Social Action planning, informing the monitoring of SCIRT activities, informing policy thinking around housing etc.

4. Will the results all be broken down so that TC3 and an East/West analysis can be made?

Some initial analysis of the data by land zone and TC3 has occurred. There is no accepted boundary designation for ‘east’ and ‘west’ that could be used to undertake an analysis and CERA analysis look across the greater Christchurch region, including the South and North of Christchurch.

Part 2 of this post (tomorrow morning) will be an analysis of the CERA responses.

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