We are trying to reach current Oregon residents. Anyone 18 years old or older who has lived in Oregon for at least the past 12 months can participate, and the web questionnaire or the invitation will tell you who in your household should fill out the screener questions at the web address in your invitation letter.
Your address was randomly selected from all mailing addresses in Oregon. We canít replace your household with another. If we donít hear from you, people and households with experiences like yours will be under-represented in the results. We are interested in people and households with a wide range of experiences and opinions, so everyoneís input is important.
This survey asks some general quality of life questions, such as if you have ever seen things in your community that make you feel unsafe. We also ask about interactions with police, and whether you have been the victim of a crime. We ask basic demographic questions about you and your household to make sure we have a representative sample of the state. For the findings to be representative, we need to hear from people with a wide range of experiences.
The state Department of Justice, lawmakers, researchers and victim advocates will use the survey findings to help determine public policy for criminal justice and victim advocacy programs in communities throughout Oregon.
Yes. All your answers are kept private and confidential. We do not gather any personally-identifying information and do not know who lives at your address. Further, address information is kept separate from survey responses. Data are only ever reported in the aggregate and used for statistical purposes. Only project members have access to the data, and all have been trained on confidentiality protection. Data are always stored on password protected servers and computers.
No. Participation is completely voluntary. However, without your answers, people and households with experiences and opinions like yours wonít be fully represented in the findings. If you decide to start the survey, you can stop at any point, and you can skip any questions (although we hope you will answer all of them).
The questionnaire takes most people about fifteen minutes to complete. You can pause the questionnaire at any point, and come back later using the web address and ID in your invitation letter. If we donít see a completed questionnaire from you, we may try to contact you as a reminder to complete it.
While there are no direct benefits to you, the results will be used by the State of Oregon, policy-makers, researchers, and victim advocates to understand neighborhood quality of life and safety issues.
We mail $2 to everyone as a way of saying thank you in advance for participating. Small token incentives like this have been found to increase response rates and reduce overall survey costs.
Most people who participate find our surveys interesting and a good way to give back to their community.
Unfortunately, we can only conduct this survey online or by phone right now. If you would prefer to do the survey by phone, please email ORSurvey@icfsurvey.com to be contacted by phone.
While most respondents will not be triggered by most of the questions in this survey, there is always a chance that one or two questions will make some people feel uncomfortable. For that reason, we provide the mental health support hotlines below.
Mental Health Hotline
To talk about a mental health issue, an alcohol-related issue or to find out about treatment programs in your area, you can call 1-800-662-HELP (which is 1-800-662-4357).
Suicide Prevention Hotline
To talk about suicide, feelings of depression, or to find out more about suicide treatment options in your area, you can call 1-800-273-TALK (which is 1-800-273-8255).
Sexual Violence Hotline
To talk to a trained counselor about sexual violence, please call 1-800-656-HOPE (4673).
Domestic Violence Hotline
To speak to a trained counselor about domestic violence, please call 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).
Child Abuse Hotline
To speak to a trained counselor about child abuse, please call 1-800-4-A-CHILD (1-800-422-4453).
ICF, the independent research company hired by the State of Oregon to conduct this survey, is headquartered in Fairfax, VA. Its mailing and data processing facility is in Martinsville, VA.
Thank you! Sometimes we mail out reminders or call before we receive your completed survey. If youíve completed it, you donít have to do anything else. Thanks again for participating!
The survey is sponsored by the State of Oregon. ICF is an independent research contractor hired to collect the data.
For additional questions, please email the helpdesk at: ORSurvey@icfsurvey.com