In order to be able to assess and respond to the needs of Bainbridge Island residents, the City periodically participates in the National Citizens Survey (NCS). The City first participated in the NCS in 2013, again in 2014, and most recently in 2015. In each instance, 1200 surveys were sent to randomly selected Bainbridge Island addresses. In both 2013 and 2014 over 450 surveys were completed and return to the National Research Center (NRC), providing an overall response rate of 40%. In 2015, 584 surveys were completed with an overall response rate of 49%. Typically, response rates obtained on citizen surveys range from 25% to 40%. The 2015 response rate results in a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.
Participating in the National Citizen Survey creates an opportunity for the City to use the NRC database of comparative resident opinion, comprised of resident perspectives gathered in citizen surveys from approximately 500 jurisdictions whose residents evaluated local government services and gave their opinion about the quality of community life.