The Listening Project: Listening to the Community, Looking for What Matters is an annual effort by WVIZ/PBS & 90.3 WCPN 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.
Since 2001 when ideastream first conducted its first Listening Project, education has been an issue consistently recognized as a challenge in our communities. From time to time in that period, ideastream issued a number of education-specific surveys that dug a little deeper to understand public perceptions about why education is an ongoing concern.
This year (and this quarter specifically), we want to focus our attention on an education topic of national import: the dropout crisis. As a recipient of a national Corporation for Public Broadcasting grant called American Graduate™, ideastream (and many other public media organizations throughout the country) are helping local communities across America find solutions to address this crisis. We are using the Listening Project to engage the community and learn what the prevailing thinking is regarding the dropout rate in Northeast Ohio and the remedies our communities may implement to keep kids in school.
Your feedback will help shape our future programming, with a goal of improving the number of students in the area who earn a high school diploma.Take the survey now!
In 2013-14, through online and emailed surveys and interactive program opportunities, ideastream once again asked questions, and then carefully listened. Read the report on the findings here.