Redesigned Quality of Life Survey site offers greater interactivity and ability to compare data

How were people in metropolitan Kansas City feeling before the COVID-19 pandemic hit our region? How might their perceptions change as they react to the tumultuous events of 2020? The newly redesigned Greater Kansas City Quality of Life dashboard will help to answer those questions.

Based on surveys conducted by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in January of each year, this tool provides data to help users understand how residents from a wide variety of demographic groups perceive their quality of life and how those perceptions are changing over time.

This initial version of the new dashboard focuses on data from the 2019 and 2020 surveys. As such, they provide a benchmark for quality-of-life perceptions before the COVID-19 pandemic, the resulting lockdowns and recession, the protests in response to the murder of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, the sharp-but-still-incomplete economic recovery and a highly contested presidential election. Once the January 2021 survey is conducted and tabulated, we will be able to assess the degree to which these events have affected Kansas City area residents’ perceptions of their quality of life over the past year.

While MARC has published results of the Greater Kansas City Quality of Life surveys in prior years, this is the first time the analysis and visualizations allow users to easily see how residents’ answers have changed compared to the previous year. As a result, the report provides a rich resource for understanding how Kansas City area residents view their current quality of life and how it is changing.

With results generally available for 26 questions in two survey years across 10 demographic groups, each with several sub-groups, the report provides a very rich resource for understanding how Kansas City area residents view their quality of life. There is too much information to be simply summarized, so we will periodically update the site to highlight results that may be of general community interest given the issues being discussed. We hope this helps make the data more useful and understandable in a way that encourages more businesses, governments and civic institutions to ask, “What does the Quality of Life Survey say?” before making investments and decisions.