The Invest in the Springs survey is an informal interview designed in 5 minutes to see what we think about investing in Colorado Springs using projects developed in a quick brainstorm. The fact is, we should ask the question, do you want to invest in this community, and if so, what do you want to invest in? Its a fair question, no matter what the answer ends up being.
Before we go too far, I only want see if it starts a larger conversation about investing in Colorado Springs. If you don't like what you see, no worries, do your own survey and let's compare results! I will make some observations about the data. As I said, all the raw data is available, minus any personal information that people voluntarily included. In all there were 694 responses from unique IP addresses.
Please examine the data and post on it. Share your thoughts. Ask questions. Build on an answer.
Question 1 Results
Basic Stacked Bar Graph
Answers who got the most Top 5 votes?
Since 1st Place is worth more than 5th Place in your personal preference, award 5 points for a first place and 4 for second and so on. Based on this, you arrive at a total points value that shows a relative level of preference among the projects.
First and Second Preferences
By only examining the first and second preferences, we see what projects people feel most strongly about or interested in. The ones that excite people the most.
Math Nerd Talk and Methodology Stuff
Look, like I said, I brainstormed with a friend, John Olson, and put this survey together in about 5 minutes to gauge the thoughts of my friends and it grew quickly. A lot of people want to be asked the question and I think that's why it became popular. The methodology isn't exact and my friends are likely to believe that investing Colorado Springs is a good thing so there is some "positive response bias". As the survey grew, the sample size got larger and more diverse because of publication in a variety of forums by a variety of people. Another criticism is people not knowing what all the projects are. Its hard to explain them all and keep the survey short. This was a simple preference survey, designed for free by a guy who cares and I'm making the results public. There are many more projects out there that could be considered and many are included in the comments. I hope there will be another simple version 2.0 of this survey with better questions, costs, more refined projects, etc to help improve on the concept. And I hope someone mines the comments and builds on others ideas/projects.