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Frequently Asked Questions About the Gov-O-Metrics Survey:

Is my participation in SRG’s Gov-o-Metrics survey anonymous?
Yes. When you provide your e-mail address, it will be kept in a separate database by a third party vendor. The third party vendor will notify you when the survey results are posted on the SRG web site. Providing your e-mail address will allow you to retrieve your results and compare them to others. No one will know your identity or your station’s identity.
If you have concerns about using your own e-mail address, you may use a free e-mail address from HushMail.

Why is SRG asking questions about governance?
Governance is a critically important issue for public radio stations. A station’s governing structure and public service mission should be aligned for the station to achieve its highest potential. Regardless of license type, stations can make improvements in their governance situations that will better position them to compete in today’s media environment.

What will SRG do with the data that is collected?
SRG has flagged governance as a priority issue in its Charting the Territory planning initiative. SRG will use data from this survey to inform its analysis and strategy for assisting stations and the system in addressing governance issues. SRG will look at the answers grouped by categories. For example, do university licensed stations answer the questions differently from community licensed stations. Or do people holding different positions answer the questions in different ways. We will announce when the survey results are available on the SRG web site.

What is the Station Resource Group?
The Station Resource Group is an alliance of 45 public radio broadcasters. SRG members operate some 168 stations and produce the majority of public radio’s national programming. They are a diverse constituency of forward-looking stations, including many of the system’s largest operations and energetic stations in rural and smaller communities. SRG informs stations' strategic planning and strengthens their operating effectiveness through in-depth analysis, long-term planning, and collaborative projects. SRG's core strengths are about strategy — understanding public radio's position in a larger context, understanding our individual stations in the framework of a national system, and making the decisions and trade-offs that strengthen our public service. As SRG looks ahead, the focus is on issues of mission, public service, connection to community, and meaningful station roles in local civic and cultural affairs.

What if I have additional questions?
Please send your questions to Kathy Merritt, Director of Public Media Strategies, at kmerritt@srg.org.

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