Community Listening Process Summer 2017 - About the Data

Why are we collecting data?
We want the Cowardin-Jefferson Davis Corridor to thrive, and the best way to do that is to first figure out what the community wants and needs. To help identify these wants and needs, Thriving Cities Group has aimed to conduct interviews and collect 700 surveys between the months of June and August 2017. We have also partnered with the Richmond City Health Department (RCHD) to gather information on access to and need for health care in the community. The information we gather will help provide a unified voice for local community activists – the people who best know what to ask for and who to ask. This brings meaningful and sustainable change to the Cowardin-Jefferson Davis Corridor.

Who is collecting the data?
Thriving Cities Group hired and trained 8 community residents to collect the interviews and surveys. 

Where will the survey data end up?
The survey data will be in the hands of The Thriving Cities Group. We will share the results with community residents, activists, and key decision-makers in the city of Richmond at the Route 1 Steering Committee meetings. The survey data will also be shared with the Richmond City Health Department.

Where will the interview data end up?
The interview data will also be in the hands of The Thriving Cities Group. We will share the results with community residents, activists, and key decision-makers in the city of Richmond at the Route 1 Steering Committee meetings. The interview data will not be shared with the Richmond City Health Department

How will the data be used?
Survey and interview responses will be used primarily to identify the wants and needs of the Cowardin-Jefferson Davis Corridor. They will also help determine the extent to which community members are willing to act to fulfill those wants and needs. Richmond’s community activists and the Thriving Cities Group understand that communities are best able to thrive when change comes from within the community. Our goal is for the data we gather to assist the community to best help itself. The Richmond City Health Department will also use the survey data to assess current community health needs, plan health projects and interventions, and apply for grant funding.

What did we learn from the surveys and interviews?
We don’t know yet. We’re still in the process of collecting and analyzing the data. When the data is analyzed, we’ll post the results here. Check back here in mid-to-late Fall to see the results.

Methods and Results
The survey uses a geographic-based sampling method. Based on community input, the Route 1 Corridor was divided into neighborhoods. Community members and the Thriving Cities Group identified places within neighborhoods that would attract many different types of individuals from that neighborhood. Survey times vary to ensure a wider variety of community members. While the survey is inclusive of community members, it is not truly representative. Only individuals 18 years and older living or working in the neighborhood are eligible to participate. The survey is administered both on paper and electronically. Surveys are also administered in Spanish.

Interviews are taking place in coffee shops, community centers, libraries, or other central, public locations. These recorded interviews last around an hour, and bilingual interviewers are available for those who speak Spanish. Once transcribed, interview recordings are destroyed.

All data collectors received training and practiced administering the survey and interviews before they were asked to do it in the community.

Institutional Review Board (IRB) Information
This research was reviewed and approved by the University of Virginia’s IRB. The IRB reviews all University-funded and/or -sponsored research for compliance with federally-mandated research guidelines. All individuals conducting surveys and interviews received IRB training and certification. All survey and interview participants went through the informed consent process. Have any questions or complaints about the research? Contact the UVA IRB at (434) 924-5999 or