VoiceKent evolved from VoiceGR, a paper and online survey about residents’ views and experiences related to health and well-being, discrimination and inclusion, and overall quality of life in the Grand Rapids area. In 2017, a collaboration between the Johnson Center and Kent County Health Department expanded the survey to include residents throughout Kent County, and the survey was renamed VoiceKent.
The aim of VoiceKent is to produce a reliable collection of data about Kent County residents that can be used by individuals and organizations to help them make discoveries and decisions about and for the local community.
Statements about a whole population can hide the different experiences of community members. For instance, 78% of all Kent County respondents, but only 66% of Hispanic and Latino/a respondents, reported in VoiceKent 2017 that they can afford to meet their basic needs. That gap is why VoiceKent data visualization tools and key results always allow for disaggregation — splitting up responses by different demographic subgroups — to make comparison easy.
When we use data to better understand the realities our neighbors face, we locate the starting point for change. We can target our programs, policies, funding strategies, advocacy efforts, and more for and with populations and places that need them most. We ensure that no one is overlooked or left behind by our collective efforts to do good.
VoiceKent 2017 Survey Collection
The VoiceKent 2017 survey questionnaire was assembled by the Johnson Center and the Kent County Health Department using questions from previous surveys and community health questionnaires, as well as input from various community partners.
The Johnson Center piloted a draft survey before finalizing the questionnaire in the spring of 2017. The complete, official survey was fielded that summer.
Between June 5 and September 29, 2017, the Johnson Center and the Kent County Health Department collected responses from more than 4,800 Kent County residents. Responses were collected using mixed methods — paper surveys collected in person at community organizations and events and online surveys distributed in a variety of ways.
The Johnson Center’s community research team organized and analyzed the data to make it available for all community members.
Tableau Public Visualization Tool
Use the Tableau Public Visualization Tool to visualize the data that’s most interesting to you or your organization. Create charts using different demographic filters and compare responses and outcomes by subgroup, including:
- Education level
VoiceKent 2017 was powered by the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy and the Kent County Health Department.