CERA – Survey to gauge Cantabrians’ wellbeing

CERA are setting up an biannual survey, over a three year period, to investigate the many ways people have been affected by the earthquakes. That includes looking at the prevalence and causes of stress, quality of life, social connectedness, satisfaction with the recovery and any positive impacts people may be experiencing. The survey is in two parts. The first is based on random selections from the electoral role – problematic in the eastern suburbs where significant enrolment issues were identified during last year’s election process. The second, which starts in early October, is a web based survey where anyone can take part. The following are extracts from the CERA media release (here).

The Wellbeing Survey be undertaken in two parts.

  • First, Nielson is surveying a randomly selected representative sample of 2,500 residents.
  • Second, is an online survey available to all residents in October.

The Nielson survey of the representative sample began on 29 August and will continue until 14 October 2012. The 2,500 residents surveyed live in greater Christchurch (1,250 in Christchurch, plus 625 each in the Waimakariri and Selwyn districts) and are selected randomly from the electoral roll. “We want to understand people’s wellbeing and recovery better. We need more information about how people are feeling in different parts of town and in the greater Christchurch area. From this, we can see what trends are emerging in different places in terms of wellbeing and identify where best to target resources.” “The survey is not just for those who are worst affected by the quakes, it’s for all residents. It will allow all people in greater Christchurch to engage in dialogue about the progress of recovery.” The data will be incorporated into the Canterbury Wellbeing Index which is designed to track the progress of recovery using indicators in areas such as housing, health and education. The Canterbury Wellbeing Index will be available on the CERA website later this year.

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