Word Clouds + Graphics // survey



Using a narrative format for some of the survey questions provided the opportunity for personal responses, but it also presents a challenge to quantify and convey the results.   For each narrative response I sorted the answers into general category themes.  From the sum of the different categories I generated a pie chart to get a graphic understanding of the results.  However the pie chart method fails to capture the heart of the response, therefore I tried another technique for making the answers legible to a larger audience.   I choose to make a word clouds for each question.  The frequency of the words in the responses determined their size in each word map.

wordClouds_all.PDF //click PDF for all survey word clouds //  online resource:  http://www.wordle.net

Ex. Survey Question #9. What is one of your most important memories of St. Roch?

The numeric questions from the Living in St. Roch Survey have been expressed in pie charts and bar graphs.   The results are generated from 27 surveys gathered in a 24 hour period (2/2011).   I have logged the hand written surveys into an Excel spread sheet as a tool to generate quantifiable results.  The image below quantifies the community’s top concerns and the impact that the issues have on the quality of life in St. Roch.

ALL_GraphicSurveyResults.PDF //click for full survey results

  1. Laura, your mappings are amazing! I was checking out the word clouds and wondering if there is a synthetic map, or a series of them, that assigns that kind of hierarchy to the actual physical structure of the neighborhood? Seems like that might be a helpful tool as you’re making initial design proposals in terms of siting within the community?

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