MOUNT VERNON — Those who have an important viewpoint of Knox County’s needs and resources were the target of the third individual survey recently conducted by the Knox County Community Health Assessment Partnership. Gaining a different perspective than the residential population or the many community business owners was the goal in what was called the key informant survey. Heading up a team of players in this survey was Peg Tazwell, executive director of Knox County Head Start.
“We looked to community leaders meaning village representatives, township representatives, community pastors, business leaders, and various organizations such as community health, education and others,” said Tazwell of the participants in the key informant survey.
“I think it’s important for us to look at the differences at how the community views issues and how people working in the community every day in service-oriented positions look at issues. Sometimes we have a different insight,” said Tazwell. “We know the population we are serving and the issues families are dealing with in a different way than what the general citizen realizes.”
With 400 surveys being sent out, a total of 118 respondents participated in the key informant survey. The sampling came from a variety of occupational areas including administrative or managerial (48.6 percent), professional (32.4 percent), non-profit (16.2 percent), retired (14.3 percent) and health care (12.4 percent). Other fields made up the remaining number of respondents.