‘CONDESCENDING AND MANIPULATIVE’
You’ll never find this survey online because it’s so well hidden, even though it is sponsored by United Way, The Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, and the Municipality of Anchorage. Let’s just call it one of the best kept secret surveys of the season.
None of the sponsors has links to the survey from their own web pages, but it has been shared by Anchorage Assemblyman Christopher Constant via Facebook. That’s where we picked it up.
Nevertheless, a few Anchorage residents found the Community Perception of Homelessness in Anchorage survey and spent the 10 minutes filling it out.
The response has been less than glowing. One commenter wrote this to the Anchorage Department of Health and Human Services, which is the owner of the survey:
“I found this survey condescending, manipulative, and not an effective way to achieve the stated goal. Furthermore, it failed to identify or differentiate between causes of homelessness or discuss the need for multiple different solutions to address root causes. Though the introduction says the municipality is looking for feedback and dialogue, the “survey” is just a series of questions that aim to get respondents to identify more with homeless people. While that may be a worthwhile endeavor, it is manipulative not to say so up front and I found it to be a waste of time for people who actually want to provide feedback on solutions to go through that exercise.”
“(Name omitted)’s comment nailed it. Truly, if the point was to convince the greater community (as opposed to the municipality and nonprofit sector) to help take responsibility for homelessness in Anchorage, a survey is the wrong format. This is misleading and offensive.”
If the Muni is looking for an opinion on Anchorage homelessness, then Must Read Alaska readers are here to help. Take the survey here:
Complete the survey by Nov. 3, 2017.
Do you agree that the survey is condescending and manipulative?