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The Listening Project

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.

The Listening Project Survey

Every year, ideastream seeks input from the community on its greatest assets and challenges. Northeast Ohions glow about the region’s parks and Lake Erie, its arts and culture, sense of community and more. Yet, one of the challenges mentioned from year-to-year is community perception - specifically the community’s negative perception of itself and a seeming lack of pride. Despite sharing many similar attributes to other post-industrial cities - ones that might be considered negative - Northeast Ohioans feel that their fellow residents are particularly down on their region.

ideastream wants to dig a bit deeper to understand the root(s) of this negative self-perception.

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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.

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:

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.

Winter 2014 - Regional Economic Development

This Listening Project survey took place from January 1 – March 31, 2014 and focused on regional economic development. The survey garnered 232 people respondents who answered 14 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 a comments section.

Fall 2013 - Assets and Challenges

One of the foundations of over twelve years of Listening Project research has been determining the assets and challenges of the region using a variety of methods, including audience surveys and in-person focus groups.