With events canceled, CFRC struggles to conduct survey

Cordova Family Resource Center Prevention Coordinator Emily Stoddard. (April 13, 2020) Photo by Zachary Snowdon Smith/The Cordova Times

When Cordova Family Resource Center announced a survey on interpersonal violence, they expected to collect plenty of data at the Cordova Health Fair and other events. Then, the coronavirus struck.

The CFRC has accomplished a smooth transition of most of its services online, prevention coordinator Emily Stoddard said. However, as survey responses hover around 150 and the survey’s May 1 deadline approaches, CFRC has looked for new ways to gather responses.

“We’re trying!” Stoddard said. “We’re hoping to get a minimum of 200 responses, just to get a really good baseline for all the data… The more, the merrier.”

The 15-minute survey quizzes respondents on how safe they feel around Cordova, and how concerned they are about various types of interpersonal violence. All survey participants are eligible to enter a drawing for a free round trip to Anchorage — a trip that, fortunately, can be flexibly scheduled, Stoddard said.

The survey will identify a baseline of community attitudes that can be measured again in three years, executive director Nicole Songer said. It will also help identify any social issues not currently receiving adequate attention from the CFRC, she said.