The Community Interview

April 14, 2011 at 2:28 pm Leave a comment

From LaRue’s views:
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April 21, 2011.
The Douglas County Libraries has been trying something new. We call it “the community interview.” In brief, a group of librarians identified some 30-50 community leaders around the county (government, business, non-profits, and faith-based), then met with them to ask three questions:

* What are the key concerns of your constituents over the next one to two years?
* What do you wish you knew to help you make good decisions about those issues in this next year or two?
* Who else should we talk to?

Why did we choose interviews rather than surveys? It’s true that interviews may not be quite as statistically significant as a scientific poll.

On the other hand, people who occupy positions of leadership, whether elected, appointed, or assumed, by necessity spend a lot of time talking to other people. And what humans do by nature is seek patterns. Leaders, by sifting through many other sources of information, become an information source in themselves. What’s even more important is that they make meaning; they find the pattern in the data.

Why were we doing this at all? There are two reasons.

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