Survey intends to help direct scarce resources to areas of need

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A new survey aims to help make sure scarce resources are focused where they are needed most in Milton Keynes.

MK Community Foundation is keen to get as many people who as possible who live and work in the new city to fill in the Vital Signs MK survey.

The online survey asks for views on a range of aspects of life, including the strength of art and culture and the business community as well as social exclusion, housing, diversity and the labour market.

Bart Gamber, director of programmes at MK Community Foundation said the results would not gather dust. He said: “Our aspiration is for the Vital Signs MK report to be a useful reference, helping us all to focus our attention and resources where they are needed most in our community.”

Vital Signs MK is part of a national pilot being run by the Community Foundation. A report of its findings will be launched on October 1.

The project is based on a successful model developed by Canadian Community Foundations and a the MK Community Foundation is working with the Open University, NHBC (National House Building Council), Community Action:MK and Start-Up Research to deliver this initial stage of the project.

The community foundation will be using the findings to increase the effectiveness of its grants and tracking progress in addressing needs.

The survey can be found at www.mkcommunityfoundation.co.uk and the deadline for completed surveys is Tuesday, April 30.