Re: Shadowlake Village Resident research project
From: Ann Zabaldo (
Date: Wed, 22 Mar 2006 06:05:31 -0800 (PST)
Marty -- I'd like to know a little more about you -- do you live in
cohousing?  Perhaps I missed you introducing yourself to the list.  What is
a physician-executive?

BTW -- I applaud CohoUS for trying to help w/ the research students and
others are doing on cohousing.  This list alone gets many requests for
people to answers surveys...the results of which we never, or almost never,
see.  (Has anyone seen the results of any of the surveys we've been asked to
fill out over the years?  I can't remember any results being posted here but
I could have missed them.)  The research parameters are often poorly thought
out, poorly executed and goodness knows how the data are interpreted.  Also
many of the studies appear to be redundant.  One wonders what these
student's professors/teachers are teaching.   Consequently...I don't answer
surveys anymore.  

I know Betsy Morris both personally and professionally.  CohoUS and
cohousing are fortunate to have someone of her caliber volunteer her
services.  I feel confident we'll see some improvement in the topics of the
surveys being conducted and we might even learn the results of the studies.

Ann Zabaldo
Takoma Village Cohousing
Washington, DC -- America's Home Town!

On 3/21/06 10:13 PM, "Martin Sheehy" <martinsheehy [at]> wrote:

> I must say that I am always suspicious of persons who ' propose ' themselves
> for anything. I will assume that the position is honarary & carries with it no
> real authority? Viz. Shd. Ms. Morris not like a survey/research/study, she
> would have no ability whatsoever to ' squash it '?
> As most of you well know, and as I as a physician-executive know, there is
> much needed research that is NOT conducted as ' powers that be ' don't wnat to
> know the answers; equally, there are research results that are
> unpalatable/unfavorable, and not infrequently such results are ' shelved ',
> never to see the light of day.
> Lisa, Go for your study, paying no heed to ' appointed ' monitorers.
> Marty :-)
> Craig Ragland <craigragland [at]> wrote:
> Lisa, in February, the Cohousing Assoc. of the U.S. (Coho/US) accepted a
> proposal from Betsy Morris, Ph.D., a resident of Berkeley Cohousing, to be
> its Research Director. One of Betsy's goals is to help coordinate research
> efforts so as to help minimize the impact of multiple researchers conducting
> multiple surveys, interviews, etc.
> As you point out, the cumulative level of interest amongst researchers and
> the press is quite the phenomena and is becoming daunting for some. I expect
> Betsy will be in touch with you soon.
> Craig (writing as Coho/US Board member)
> On 3/21/06, Lisa Poley wrote:
>> I know that many cohousers already feel studied to death and would just
>> like to be left in peace to live their lives thank you, without being
>> constantly poked and prodded by pesky researchers.
> _________________________________________________________________
> Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at:
> _________________________________________________________________
> Cohousing-L mailing list -- Unsubscribe, archives and other info at:

Results generated by Tiger Technologies Web hosting using MHonArc.