We’ve received the final data from this ground breaking effort. The results were delayed slightly in part to unforeseen staffing issues at the state level and the sheer magnitude of the collected information.
Publically collected data is not perfect. Since we’re looking for trends, this collection method is well suited. Mistakes aside, one may begin to see patterns in neighborhood conditions that tell a story. We believe that transparency and engagement is the key to Sharon’s future. Join us.
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Operational Results Summary
- All of the collection maps were assigned.
- We had 134 registered volunteers with approximately 70 participating on the day of the event. Many surveyed on their own schedule as collection lasted two weeks (one week before the event and one week after).
- Many volunteers came back for more properties during the collection.
- Nearly one third of our volunteers were not from Sharon.
- Five thousand surveys were submitted via mobile device.
- For reasons not yet obvious about 600 structures went uncollected (update: all were collected and verified during the summer of 2019).
- A few specific iPhone models froze during the survey. They were unusable after this.
- Because of the wide variety of mobile device chip-sets and operating systems, many GPS pins dropped inaccurately and required manual post-processing.
- Our support hotline experienced eight calls; each with a different topic.
- Final collection and verification was done in the summer of 2019 and the final map of 5,304 houses was completed in November of 2019.
- 3,381 houses were graded “Good”.
- 1,229 houses were graded “Fair”.
- 344 houses were graded “Poor”.
- 350 houses were graded “Apparently Abandoned”.
- The publicity for the event was significant and reflected well on Sharon and the entire valley. So much so, that we believe the data may indicate Sharon’s “best case” scenario. More than one volunteer indicated that lawns in their neighborhood (which hadn’t been maintained all summer) suddenly became manicured in the week leading up to the September 15, 2018 event.
- Many residents came out of their homes to challenge surveyors. As far as we know, all interactions ended in a positive manner and resulted in important feedback (generally) regarding code enforcement and disengaged property owners.
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