Best Sunshine Ltd.’s “People’s Survey” will touch on many aspects of local people’s daily lives such as education, utilities, employment, medical care, pension, and others.
Best Sunshine chief operating officer Terence Tay, in a news briefing held on June 2 at Northern Marianas College, said the first part of the survey is expected to be conducted across two days.
“We will conduct face-to-face quantitative and qualitative surveys with a large sample of the community,” Tay said.
Best Sunshine said it will uphold openness and fairness in the survey.
The total sample size will be about 500, based on a random sampling method that will cover people of various age groups, income classes, and occupations from every district on Saipan.
“Therefore every adult will have an opportunity to be selected for the survey,” Tay said.
The design of the questionnaire will be based on initial contact interviews with people.
“Through listening to their views and exploring their needs and expectations, the structured questionnaire will be finalized in accordance with their concerns,” Tay said.
According to a Best Sunshine statement, the survey will address three major aspects: (1) the degree of people’s satisfaction with the current situation, (2) the improvements that are required, and (3) expectation for the future.
NMC president Dr. Sharon Hart said that other things that they would have to look at is bringing in other institutions from around the world for collaboration to enhance local capability.
“With our involvement with the [Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education], we have the opportunity to partner up with 250 other institutions that are part of WICHE, which will give us a great opportunity to look at utilizing their degrees and programs trying to get an educated workforce,” Hart said.
“I think people here will benefit from that because they will get knowledge from other places that they would not have the opportunity to experience,” Tay said.