Time for community assessment…
Survey lets families be heard

The Integrated Delivery System (IDS) Working Group is sponsoring the 2006 Community Assessment Survey of servicemembers and spouses.  This survey is the best way for community members to make their opinions and needs known.  The results of the survey will be used by base leadership and the Air Force to target resources where they are most needed and enhance the well-being of the community.

Air Force community members at Air Force bases worldwide will be randomly selected to participate in the study.  Survey notification will be sent to the home address of each spouse chosen to participate.  Participation is crucial to the success of the project, and those selected are strongly urged to take part.  

“The 2006 Community Assessment Survey is a top priority,” stated Col. Kurt Lohide, 435th Air Base Wing Commander.  “It is the best way for us to listen to Air Force spouses and then provide services to help them meet their needs.  It allows them to express their opinions anonymously so participants can respond openly and honestly to issues that affect them every day.”

Through the completion of the assessment, survey responses can directly influence family services and related support activities at local bases and throughout the Air Force.  In fact, results from previous Air Force Community Assessments have impacted the policies and programs that support spouses at every level of the Air Force, to include:
• Adjusting childcare and other support services to better match the needs of the community
• Increasing opportunities to socialize and participate in on- and off-base activities
• Increasing spouse-to-spouse support, especially during times when service member is deployed or TDY
• Increasing job opportunities for AF spouses

“The 2006 Community Assessment Survey provides community members a wonderful opportunity to improve the Air Force Community,” said Colonel Lohide. “We hope those selected will do everything they can to respond to the survey as quickly as possible.”

This year’s survey at Ramstein Air Base will be particularly important.  As part of a Department of Defense sponsored initiative, this year’s Community Assessment, along with some supplemental questions, will be used to direct additional resources to help servicemembers and families base wide.  Base agencies will be working with researchers to ensure that this year’s survey results are used to maximum benefit.

If you have any questions regarding the 2006 Community Assessment, please contact your local Integrated Delivery System Chair. (Courtesy of the School Liaison Office)