Any resident of Williamstown can sign up to be interviewed as part of this and future community assessments. Please fill out this form if you are interested in participating, and please tell your friends and family that the Town is actively seeking their input.
UPDATE 6/14/21: We are pleased to report a significant public response to our initial outreach efforts. Please note that the volume of responses means that it may be a week or two before we can reach out to schedule your interview. We appreciate your patience as we take the time to call each participant.
Please note that while the researchers will record contact information in order to set up interviews, the interview data itself will be anonymized. In other words, your name and contact details will not be associated with your responses to research questions.
Community-based participatory research (CBPR) will help us move from these important conversations to evidence-based solutions by involving a broader cross-section of the community who might not feel comfortable speaking in public forums or on social media and analyzing community feedback as a whole rather than relying on purely anecdotal evidence. Content and thematic analysis of interviews with as many community members as possible will empower us to generate sound action plans and begin implementing them. In other words, the community’s input will fuel recommendations for changes to existing policies and programs to better and more equitably serve the community.
Please feel free to tell your friends and neighbors about this study and help us obtain as much community feedback as possible.