Re: Satisfaction (Happiness) Surveys?
From: Susan Magocsi (
Date: Tue, 28 May 2019 06:11:36 -0700 (PDT)
I am from Aria Co-Housing in Denver, CO and we recently wrote and then asked 
our community to complete the Aria Satisfaction Scale.  After I combed the 
literature for a relevant Satisfaction Scale, I decided to design our own.   
Several members of the Community Well-Being Committee and the community at 
large offered edits to the initial scale.  It is divided into two sections.  
The first part is 25 questions answered on a 5-point scale and a N/A response 
as well.  These questions were divided into pertinent categories to include 
Participation, Physical Plant, Social Functions, Decision-Making and Conflict 
Resolution, Finances, Committees and Communication.  The second section is 10 
open-ended questions like “What is the most frustrating part of living here?”  
These two sections provide both quantitative and qualitative results.  Members 
could decide whether to show their results with their name or by being 
The Scale was administered and the scaled questions were tabulated and 
interpreted using Survey Monkey.  Results of these scaled questions were 
presented and discussed with the community and these discussions were rich with 
ideas.  Based on this, objective goals will be written and implemented.  So 
far, the open-ended questions and the answers have been posted for all to read. 
 A qualitative analysis of these statements will be made and utilized as well.  
We plan to administer the scale again in about 6 months to monitor changes and 
to develop further goals taking our community in the direction chosen by this 
Susan Magocsi

> On May 23, 2019, at 4:24 PM, Elizabeth Magill <pastorlizm [at]> 
> wrote:
> We heard a lot about how people were feeling with interviews that asked
> something like this:
> 1) what do you imagine here in the next five years?
> 2) What do you wish was different
> 3) What can you do to contribute to these visions"
> We heard lots of ideas, lots of dreams, a few disappointments and got a
> general sense of how people like it in cohousing (for the most part they
> like it, and we have some significant barriers for some people.)
> We (unintentionally) followed that up with a great weekend retreat (with
> Eris Weaver as facilitator) that addressed the question "what are our
> narratives about our community, are those narratives helping us, and how
> can we change the ones that are not helpful."
> We've spent the last year doing follow-up on various things we heard and I
> find that it is good for us as a whole to engage in this. The open ended
> nature of the questions mean we have to ask more as we work on each idea,
> and we've had some rich discussions.
> I expect that one survey will continue to be meat for discussion for
> another year.
> Liz
> Mosaic Commons Cohousing, Berlin, MA
> On Thu, May 23, 2019 at 4:45 PM Mac Thomson via Cohousing-L <
> cohousing-l [at]> wrote:
>> Heartwood Cohousing (rural SW Colorado, 24 homes) is contemplating
>> creating a satisfaction survey. We might ask more big picture questions
>> like, “How satisfied are you with your life here?”, and some more specific
>> questions like, “How satisfied are you with the common house laundry
>> facilities?”
>> The purpose would be to learn about people’s satisfaction in lots of
>> different areas so we could know what to work on as a community and also
>> what individual teams could work on in their areas of responsibility. We
>> would also anticipate doing the survey every year so we could track trends
>> over time — a satisfaction index.
>> Have any other communities done anything similar?
>> Was it useful?
>> Can you share your survey with us?
>> Thanks,
>> Mac
>> --
>> Mac Thomson
>> Heartwood Cohousing
>> Southwest Colorado
>> "The world is a comedy to those who think;
>>     a tragedy to those who feel."
>>            - Horace Walpole
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> -Liz
> (The Rev. Dr.) Elizabeth Mae Magill
> Pastor, Ashburnham Community Church
> Minister to the Affiliates, Ecclesia Ministries
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