The survey as a public input tool in city parks and recreation departments : do representative surveys matter in decision making?

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dc.contributor.advisor Kahn , Terry D .
dc.contributor.committeeMember King , Christopher T .
dc.contributor.committeeMember Spelman , Bill
dc.creator Mora , Sabina
dc.date.accessioned 2010 -11 -17T17 :02 :35Z
dc.date.accessioned 2010 -11 -17T17 :02 :42Z
dc.date.accessioned 2014 -02 -19T22 :44 :56Z
dc.date.available 2010 -11 -17T17 :02 :35Z
dc.date.available 2010 -11 -17T17 :02 :42Z
dc.date.available 2014 -02 -19T22 :44 :56Z
dc.date.created 2010 -05
dc.date.issued 2010 -11 -17
dc.date.submitted May 2010
dc.identifier.uri http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1106
dc.description.abstract Although most city departments use citizen surveys to gather information from the public , very few use probability sampling to ensure a representative sample of the population . This report takes a first look at how park and recreation departments use citizen surveys to gather input from the public . The purpose of this report is to explore the extent to which adequate representation of communities is considered in citizen surveys . This report uses two approaches . First , interviews with parks and recreation administrators in 13 U .S . cities are analyzed to compare the use of surveys across departments . Second , responses from two samples of visitors to Barton Springs (a representative stratified sample and a non representative online sample ) are analyzed to find differences in responses between the two samples . Qualitative analysis of the interviews found that although citizen surveys are common , few managers conduct citizen surveys using probability samples . In addition , adequate representation of the population is not generally recognized as one of the principal benefits of citizen surveys . Responses to the Barton Springs survey suggest that there are important differences between probability samples and non probability samples . This report supports that sampling techniques and survey methodology have a significant impact the results of citizen surveys .
dc.format.mimetype application /pdf
dc.language.iso eng
dc.subject Parks and recreation
dc.subject Citizen survey
dc.subject Local government management
dc.subject Public participation
dc.title The survey as a public input tool in city parks and recreation departments : do representative surveys matter in decision making ?
dc.description.department Community and Regional Planning
dc.description.department Public Affairs
dc.type.genre thesis *
dc.type.material text *
thesis.degree.name Master of Science in Community and Regional Planning
thesis.degree.level Masters
thesis.degree.discipline Community and Regional Planning
thesis.degree.discipline Public Affairs
thesis.degree.grantor University of Texas at Austin
thesis.degree.department Community and Regional Planning
thesis.degree.department Public Affairs
dc.date.updated 2010 -11 -17T17 :02 :42Z

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The survey as a public input tool in city parks and recreation departments : do representative surveys matter in decision making?. Master's thesis, University of Texas at Austin. Available electronically from http : / /hdl .handle .net /2152 /ETD -UT -2010 -05 -1106 .

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