The Listening Project: Listening to the Community, Looking for What Matters is an annual effort by ideastream to identify “the things that matter most” to residents of Northeast Ohio. It also helps ideastream monitor the role and value of its programming.
This year, ideastream is partnering with the Baldwin Wallace University Community Research Institute (“the Institute”) to augment the ideastream quarterly Listening Project surveys. The Institute will field four additional surveys using Listening Project themes and questions. The Institute’s surveys will be conducted among a representative sampling of 500 respondents from the Northeast Ohio region, spread across demographics such as age, geography, race and annual household income. The Institute will conduct analysis of the data results both of its surveys and those administered by ideastream.
In the past couple of years, the rise in tensions between police and minority communities, as well as growing sentiments of disenfranchisement within those communities, has brought greater awareness to the disparities faced by people living in different parts of Northeast Ohio. As a result, racism and segregation has become one of the top six community challenges brought up by residents in the 2015 Listening Project survey.
Beyond policing issues, what other factors are fueling these sentiments? ideastream would like to know what you think about issues of race and segregation in Northeast Ohio.