Metro Blooms has recently taken on its largest survey yet. Throughout February we’ve been prepping, administering and entering oodles of data from our first ever KAP study (KAP stands for knowledge, attitudes and practices). The idea behind a KAP study is to survey a population, in this case 700 residents in the Lake Nokomis subwatershed, before AND after a project to determine changes in people’s views and behaviors over time.
As Metro Blooms is going to begin signing up participants for our upcoming Neighborhood of Raingardens project around Lake Nokomis this summer, we needed to get this survey done! In order to get as many people to participate in the survey as possible, we put it online, we went door-to-door with surveys and we dropped mail surveys for people to send back to us. And boy did they! In the first few days almost 100 surveys were mailed back to us along with another 120 that were taken online or in person. But we want more! So if you know anyone in the Nokomis area ask them if they got a survey and if they did, remind them to send it on back to us.
Using all of the information we get from this survey we’re going to be able to tailor our education and outreach specifically to the residents of the Lake Nokomis subwatershed. They’re some smart folks and we want to make sure our education is at the right level. At the end of the Neighborhood of Raingardens project we’ll survey the same residents and be able to quantify any changes in behavior and knowledge. Cool huh? We think so and we’ll keep you posted on the results as the responses flow in!