Making the most of the Place Survey

Our survey of local authorities across England earlier this year revealed councils were keen to include questions in the Place Survey that were specific to their area.

The answers to these questions would, they felt, enable them to develop services more in line with their communities’ needs.

However, the real benefit of the Place Survey and its initial findings are likely to appear in future years when authorities repeat the survey or undertake further qualitative research to address key community issues such as:

  • whether certain answers suggest a local issue which requires investigation?
  • what are people really thinking about when they answer the question ‘overall, how satisfied or dissatisfied are you with your local area as a place to live’?
  • what do people understand to be their ‘immediate neighbourhood’?

To maximise the outcomes of the Place Survey we feel authorities should already be thinking about how they will use the results in interim years so that they can make a difference to their community.

For more information on our Place Survey research resources contact Phil Johnson 01904 632039 or e-mail