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The Listening Project

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.

The Listening Project Survey

The Northeast Ohio economy has been a hot topic for many decades, with community members often lamenting the lack of available jobs for existing and future residents. In fact, “jobs” come up as one of the top five challenges in region every year we conduct the Listening Project – Assets/Challenges survey. So, ideastream wants to know: what is your perception of job availability in the region? Which industries are hiring? And, we want to know more about you as it relates to your job.

As with every Listening Project, we don’t collect personal information and your responses are completely anonymous. But, your responses are very important as they help shape the content and programming at ideastream. Please take 5 minutes and complete this quarterly survey. Thank you.

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Yearly Reports

ideastream was formed in 2001 to “strengthen our communities” - a mission that depends on dedicated listening to the people of Northeast Ohio. Every year, ideastream has carried out The Listening Project to find out what matters most to area residents. Through a series of surveys and conversation forums, The Listening Project elicits the ideas, hopes, frustrations, and points of pride of hundreds of participants. This feedback is used to shape the content, programs, and services that ideastream delivers to the community.

Summer 2015 – Community Perception

This Listening Project survey took place from July 1 – September 30, 2015, and focused on a challenge consistently mentioned in previous Listening Project Assets and Challenges surveys: Northeast Ohio residents’ negative perception of the region. Despite sharing many similar attributes to other post-industrial cities, Northeast Ohioans feel that their fellow residents are particularly down on their region with a lack of pride in the community. This survey was designed to dig deeper into this phenomenon and attempt to understand the root causes of this negative self-perception.

Healthy People, Places and Future: Summit County | July 29, 2015

July 29, 2015

Community leaders gathered to discuss issues and topics regarding health in Summit County. Panelists on this Listening Project panel discussion include:

Healthy People, Healthy Places, Healthy Future

June 15, 2015

Community leaders gathered to discuss issues and topics regarding health in Cuyahoga County. Panelists on this discussion include:

Spring 2015 - Assets and Challenges

This Listening Project survey took place from April 1 – June 30, 2015, and was a reprisal of the Summer 2014 survey; it focused again on regional assets and challenges in addition to participants’ personal assets and challenges. The survey garnered 150 respondents (compared to 105 respondents in Summer 2014) who answered four questions. Participants responded to four questions, with each question seeking the top five responses. Because of this format, this survey did not generate written comments and quotations from participants to be included.

The Listening Project | April 16, 2015

Community leaders gathered to discuss issues and topics regarding education in Northeast Ohio. Panelists on this Listening Project panel discussion include:

- David James, Superintendent, Akron Public Schools

- Carlos Latimer, Assistant to the Director for Internal and External Affairs, Cleveland Public Library

Spring 2014 - Parks and Lake

This Listening Project survey took place from April 1 - June 30, 2014 and focused on the region’s green spaces and natural resources. The survey garnered 130 respondents who answered 13 questions. For a number of questions, respondents selected a response from a series of multiple-choice options and had the opportunity to provide additional responses in comments sections. For other questions, respondents rated the importance of each option within a set of options for the given question. And, for a couple of questions, respondents wrote in responses.

A Decade Since the Quiet Crisis

On Tuesday, May 27, Civic Commons ideastream held a forum about the Quiet Crisis.