GCRO survey assists fact-based policy making and governance

September 1st, 2014, Published in Articles: PositionIT

 

The highly regarded Gauteng City Region Observatory (GCRO) Quality of Life Survey (QoLS), now in it third release, was recently launched at the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) in the presence of the Gauteng premier, David Makhura. The survey of 27 000 people from a cross section of Gauteng residents is a joint research project between Wits and the University of Johannesburg (UJ), and is funded by the GCRO.

Dr. Claudious Chikozho, Prof. David Everatt, Graeme Götz and Darlington Mushongera.

The survey provides insights into Gauteng citizens’ quality of life by considering and assessing various indicators, from empirical elements such as income through to attitudes as measured on a Leikert scale. These insights allow for fact based policy development and governance. One of the survey’s most prominent elements is its “Mobility in the Gauteng City-Region” report, which is widely cited in infrastructure studies and the like.

Although the data from the latest survey is still being processed into a more digestible and easier accessible format for the public, key findings of the survey were released at its launch. Among these were findings that, contrary to popular belief, service delivery is not at the top of most Gauteng residents’ concerns, but rather a growing distrust of public officials and dissatisfaction with corruption.

Other findings indicated a slow decrease in inequality in Gauteng, but worrying is the rise in xenophobic sentiments, with 65% of respondents in favour of deporting “foreigners”. Another interesting finding was that nearly 80% of respondents are satisfied with education in Gauteng’s cities. There are also still clear indications of food shortages in many households.

Large parts of the data have already been turned into interactive maps and data visualisations. One representation of the data is the GCRO Barometer, which collates the data so as to show relationships in the data. More interactive data is set to become available in the next four months.

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