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The College of Social Sciences has a lead role in a just-announced statewide community survey of residents to discern the greatest issues facing the people of Hawaiʻi.

The survey project is funded by and conducted in partnership with the Office of Wellness and Resilience, housed in the Office of the Governor. According to Hawaiʻi Governor Josh Green, findings from these efforts will help policymakers evaluate the status of vital topics affecting the quality of life and well-being, in and across the state.

Once survey results are tallied, the College’s Social Science Research Institute (SSRI) will create publicly available dashboards and reports to better inform legislative activity, funding needs, population-specific programming, coordination of cross-department efforts, and individual and system-level outcomes.

“The survey gives us the opportunity to hear directly from the people of Hawaiʻi regarding what it is like to grow, work, live and age in our communities,” said Jack Barile, principal investigator, professor of psychology and director of SSRI. “The goal is to identify residents’ strengths and challenges at home and in their communities, and to utilize this information to drive the development of programs and policies that meet people’s needs throughout the state.”

The anonymous survey is short (taking roughly 15 minutes to complete) and will inform critical areas, such as disaster preparedness, safety in communities, workplace wellness and access to healthcare. All residents ages 18 and older are asked to complete the questionnaire. The deadline for completion is March 31, 2024.

Responses to the survey will lead to the development of publicly available reports that include policy and programmatic recommendations addressing everything from food and housing security to education and service needs.

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