Submitted by the City of Evanston

The Evanston Police Department is launching a new public survey to better understand local concerns, attitudes, and trust in local police officers. The tool will enable the department to gain a comprehensive understanding of neighborhood safety issues and enhance its responsiveness to community priorities.

The survey will appear to residents on their mobile devices through the use of digital ads in various locations such as social media platforms. In addition, residents can find and respond to the English survey here and the Spanish survey here

In keeping with the city’s commitment to transparency and accountability, the survey results will be shared with the public on a quarterly basis as they become available.

This initiative builds on an existing partnership between the city and Zencity, a community input platform used by local governments to hear from more residents and get meaningful and actionable insights. Since 2020 the city has worked with Zencity to better understand the feedback residents are already voicing about the issues that matter to them the most. Zencity works with hundreds of municipalities across the U.S. including Chicago, Phoenix, Seattle, and San Diego on issues ranging from public safety to American Rescue Plan Act implementation.

“The city is always striving to get input from residents and this partnership with Zencity will be a great step toward really understanding the needs and concerns of our residents to make the best decisions for the future of our city,” said City Manager Luke Stowe.

Zencity ensures the security and privacy of its data and survey respondents. Survey responses are anonymous unless a respondent chooses to share their email address for follow-up purposes. Zencity does not collect a respondent’s name, address, or any other personally identifying information. Zencity’s weighting accounts for the responses of every single person who answers a question. The responses give a proportional voice to all demographics (e.g., by age, sex, race, education level and income level) based on the makeup of the municipality.