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Opinions needed: complete FCC surveys

The Family Connections Collaborative has begun community surveys as part of its strategic planning. At its Aug. 13 meeting, members put out a call for local adults and service providers to visit its website and complete the surveys online. Questionnaires can be found at or They take about five minutes to complete. ”We’re trying to do as much as possible online,” said executive director Dorothy Carter. “I encourage everyone to go online and take the survey. Everybody counts.” In addition, some 500 paper surveys were given to incoming Gordon College students. More will be filled out at the high school, middle school and elementary levels, the latter as part of the DARE program. Student surveys are expected to be completed by Aug. 21 with online surveys ending Aug. 27. Paper surveys for adults and providers should be turned in by Aug. 28. ”Results should be done by September,” Carter said. “It’ll be interesting to get the perceptions of the community to help us with our strategies.” The deadline for raw data is November with the plan due to be completed by March. The information will help a number of service providers and the community as a whole, noted chairman Sherry Farr. Joey Mullins of Georgia FCC presented a program about how the plan should work, including setting idealistic goals and along-the-way benchmarks to meet, identifying target groups and setting up programs and activities to reach those groups. Surveys “help you make an informed decision,” Mullins said. “We need it to be a community thing with everyone involved. Folks need to put in their piece of the puzzle.” Historically, the FCC has concentrated on increasing its graduation rate and decreasing teen pregnancy.

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