During April and May of 2006, the City of Fort Collins surveyed by mail a randomly selected sample of adult Fort Collins citizens. Building on the surveys conducted in 2001 and 2003, the 2006 survey was designed to serve as an integral part of the performance monitoring and budgeting process. As a monitoring and budgeting tool, the survey had two primary objectives.
- Measure how citizens rate quality or performance in nine areas:Fort Collins as a community
- Community safety
- City government
- Customer service
- Recreation and culture
- Determine citizen priorities among seven primary goals or outcomes:
- Improve economic health
- Improve environmental health
- Improve neighborhood quality
- Safer community
- Improve cultural, recreational and educational opportunities
- Improve transportation
- A high performing government
Researchers mailed questionnaires to 1,790 randomly selected Fort Collins households. The sampling frame included student housing and dormitories at Colorado State University. Due to vacancies and for other reasons, 103 questionnaires could not be delivered, leaving a sample of 1,687 eligible households. Adult citizens from 786 of these households responded by returning completed questionnaires, representing a response rate of approximately 47 percent. The maximum sampling margin of error for this sample size, at the 95 percent confidence level, is plus-or-minus 3.5 percentage points.