Community Planning

Washington County Growing Up, Oregon

A study documenting the unfolding story of population growth and rapid demographic change in Washington County. The research delved into socioeconomic trends, the community’s values and beliefs, and residents’ priorities for the future. It was conducted by Clean Water Services in partnership with Washington County, Vision Action Network, Westside Economic Alliance, Portland General Electric, and the Coalition of Communities of Color, and has helped public, private, and nonprofit sector leaders engage effectively with their constituents about community issues including affordable housing and traffic congestion. 

City of SalemCommunity Satisfaction Survey

Survey of Salem residents to assess and track changes in residents’ satisfaction with City services and communications; to gauge emergency preparedness; and to weigh opinions related to funding and the City’s budget. 

Bend Better Communities Initiative

A six-month project conducted in partnership with Hubbell Communications and the Bend Chamber of Commerce that included stakeholder interviews, focus group and online survey research. Findings provided an in-depth look at beliefs about Bend’s changing culture and community the report unlocks answers for how public officials, community leaders, and employers can more effectively communicate with residents regarding the toughest challenges facing this rapidly growing city.

Clackamas CountyCommunity Survey

Conducted a benchmark telephone survey with Clackamas County residents to assess their needs and priorities for services provided by the County. This research compared immediate community priorities to those of the past several years, and results were used to aid the County in setting budget priorities. The results helped to validate increased concerns about specific services in the area, such as a need for additional affordable housing.    

Marion CountyResident Satisfaction Survey

Telephone survey of Marion County residents to assess satisfaction and priorities for county services and identify preferred communication channels.

Washington CountyFair Complex Master Plan

Online surveys of Washington County residents and fair attendees to assess community priorities for the Washington County Fair Complex Master Plan, including programs, events, services, and improvements. The Updated Master Plan was approved by the Board of Commissioners on July 16, 2019.  

Multnomah CountyCapital Planning

Survey of Multnomah County residents to assess residents’ values and priorities related to capital planning.

City of Bend—Community Survey Research 

Telephone and online surveys to track residents’ attitudes and perceptions of quality of life, satisfaction with City services, and their priorities for community planning and resource allocation. 

Community Foundation for SouthwestWashington 500,000 Voices

A study about priorities for the local economy, education, public safety, the environment, poverty, health, the arts, and charitable giving. The project provided local policy makers and leaders with insights and gave voice to ordinary people in southwest Washington.

Metro—Planning Research

Over thirty years of opinion research aimed at understanding Portland-area residents’ values and beliefs relating to growth management and transportation. Research topics have included quality of life preferences, the urban growth boundary, infrastructure, neighborhood density, the economy, the environment, public transit infrastructure, roads, bridges, and highway development. These studies have helped Metro in thirty years of planning and policy decisions, including the Metro 2040 Growth Concept and the Regional Transportation Plan. Metro is the Portland metro area regional government.

Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)—Growth Visioning Project

A study to learn about residents’ awareness, perceptions, and priorities related to future growth, public transit, and safety in southern California. A portion of the research specifically targeted harder-to-reach demographic groups such as Latinos, African Americans, Asians, and low-income residents.