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The Department of Economics and the School of Public Policy of the University of Massachusetts (Amherst) and Indiana University are conducting a national study that examines the profound direct and indirect impacts of COVID-19 on households. We are asking the citizens of Chicopee to participate by completing a short survey, as soon as possible.
The survey includes questions on several areas: impacts on finances, food security, physical and mental health, as well as the effects that school and daycare disruptions are having on work and family lives. The study aims at informing equitable policy interventions and resilience plans.
This is the link to the survey: https://tinyurl.com/UMass-socioeconomic-policy-lab
The survey will take 5 minutes for respondents without children and 8-12 minutes for respondents with children.
At a later date, an additional survey will be sent to municipal leaders which will measure the impact of COVID-19 on municipal operations, businesses, schools, food security and more. A separate survey will be sent to school superintendents. Vaccine distribution will also be addressed.
The results of both surveys will help UMASS develop some real-time policy and procedure recommendations regarding COVID-19 municipal response, as well as some lessons learned.
To learn more:
Link to the UMASS lab website to learn more about this project: https://sites.google.com/site/martavicarelli2/sup-lab/covid-research
Link to an article published by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA): https://icma.org/articles/article/how-has-your-household-been-impacted-pandemic?_zs=Gg6sb1&_zl=hKnH7
Link to an article published by the University of Massachusetts News Office: https://www.umass.edu/newsoffice/article/school-public-policy-team-studying
Thank you for your participation!