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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.

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.

The Listening Project Survey

Over the years, ideastream’s Listening Project has expressed an interest in your thoughts about our region’s biggest assets and challenges - and now we’d like to update the survey.

We appreciate your participation in the survey. 

Take the survey now!

Reports

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.

Spring 2016 – Physical Infrastructure

This year, ideastream is partnering with the Baldwin Wallace University Community Research Institute (“CRI”) to augment the ideastream quarterly Listening Project surveys. The CRI will field four surveys using Listening Project themes and questions. The CRI’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. This report is the second to include the results of the ideastream survey and the CRI survey.

Winter 2016 – Racism and Segregation

This year, ideastream is partnering with the Baldwin Wallace University Community Research Institute (“CRI”) to augment the ideastream quarterly Listening Project surveys. The CRI will field four surveys using Listening Project themes and questions. The CRI’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. This report is the first to include the results of the ideastream survey and the CRI survey.

Neighborhood Connections Health Discussion

On February 4, 2016, Civic Commons ideastream® held a community discussion focusing on health issues based in specific Northeast Ohio neighborhoods. ideastream reporter Kay Colby hosted the discussion during "Neighbor Up," a Neighborhood Connections gathering of community members to exchange ideas and discuss challenges in the area.

Neighborhood Connections Food Discussion

On December 3, 2015, Civic Commons ideastream® held a community discussion focusing on food options across Northeast Ohio at "Neighbor Up," a Neighborhood Connections hosted gathering of community members to exchange ideas and discuss challenges in the area.

Collinwood Food Options

ideastream met with residents of the Collinwood neighborhood of Cleveland to talk about the good and the bad about diet and food in their 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. [View the Cuyahoga County discussion here.] 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. [View the Summit County discussion here.] 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.