SATISFACTION SURVEY OF SERVICE REQUESTS IN THE CENTRAL MASSACHUSETTS MOSQUITO CONTROL PROJECT SERVICE AREA – 2009

 

TIMOTHY D. DESCHAMPS, Executive Director

Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project

111 Otis Street Northborough, Massachusetts 01532

(508) 393-3055 deschamps@cmmcp.org

 

ABSTRACT

 

Residents of our service area request service from the menu of services offered to them by CMMCP. Requests for adulticiding (spraying) and larval control are the most common forms of service requests we receive. We accepts request for service through a variety of means, primarily by telephone, but increasing more by the online service request form from the CMMCP website. Additional methods include personal visits to our office, phone calls on behalf of residents from town and/or state officials, and direct requests to our field staff. The CMMCP Commission requested a survey of resident who requested service in 2009 to determine if our staff was meeting acceptable levels of customer satisfaction. This is the same survey that was done in 2005, 2007 and 2008. After compiling these results, we find that a majority of residents in our service area were satisfied with our control efforts and methods, which mirrors our results from previous years. We also compared 2009 with the 3 year average to determine if satisfaction levels were comparable.

 

SURVEY METHODOLOGY

 

In 2009 we received 13,614 requests for service, ranging from adulticiding to larval control, a 28% increase in service requests from 2008. 8,012 adulticiding calls were filtered (multiples removed) and placed into a separate database. Service calls were sorted according to town, and each town was tabulated for total requests received in 2009. These towns were then graphed to show which towns had the most calls. Each town was assigned a percentage according to this data. This percentage would determine the number of postcards sent to each town from the overall total. The CMMCP Commission decided that 1,500 postcards would be a representative sample of the service calls received this year (this is an increase of 500 over the past 3 surveys). The survey was designed to be as easy as possible for residents to access and complete. An online survey was created, and the postcards would include unique identifiers that the residents would use. The postcards contained a blind weblink to the survey so that unauthorized users would not be able to participate in the survey. Information such as how they contacted us, were the office and field staff helpful and informative, how long did they wait for service, was the service provided effective, and their overall satisfaction was measured. This study uses the same methodology as the three previous resident surveys.

 

SURVEY FINDINGS

 

From 1,500 postcards mailed, 306 responses were received (21%). The results are as follows:

 

1). In your most recent experience, how did you contact the Central Mass. Mosquito Control Project?

 

 

Number

Percent

Telephone

146

48.5%

Website

148

49.2%

In person

1

0.3%

Other

6

1.9%

Total

301

 

 

 

 

 

2). If by telephone or in person at the CMMCP office, were your questions or concerns answered to your satisfaction?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

156

98.7%

No

2

1.2%

Total

158

 

 

 

3). If by telephone, did you experience difficulty reaching our staff?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

19

12.1%

No

137

87.8%

Total

156

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4). If through the website or e-mail, did you find the information you needed in a satisfactory manner?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

169

98.2%

No

3

1.7%

Total

172

 

 

 

 

 

 

5). Please give the approximate time you waited for service from your initial request:

 

NOTE: 88.5% within a week or less

 

 

Number

Percent

1-3 days

116

38.2%

3-5 days

76

25%

1 week

77

25.3%

2 weeks+

35

11.5%

Total

304

 

 

 

6). Did you find our response from your initial request to when you received service within a reasonable amount of time?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

283

94%

No

18

5.9%

Total

301

 

 

 

7). When you received service, did our field representative appear knowledgeable and competent about his/her profession?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

255

89.2%

No

31

10.8%

Total

286

 

 

 

8). Were your questions and concerns answered by the Technician to your satisfaction?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

252

91.3%

No

24

8.6%

Total

276

 

 

 

 

 

 

9). Did you receive any written information (pamphlets, etc.) from our representative?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

205

68.7%

No

93

31.2%

Total

298

 

 

 

10). Did you find this information useful?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

189

71.10%

No

14

5.20%

Did not receive

63

23.60%

Total

266

 

 

 

11). Did you request service more than once in 2009?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

138

45.5%

No

165

54.4%

Total

303

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

12). If you requested additional service in 2009, was it because the original application was insufficient to meet your needs, or for a later re-treatment or follow up?

 

 

Number

Percent

Retreatment

119

79.8%

Insufficient

30

20.1%

Total

149

 

 

 

13). Would you/did you recommend our service to others in the future?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

296

97.6%

No

7

2.4%

Total

303

 

 

 

14). In your opinion, did our application made your area better, worse, or had no effect?

 

 

Number

Percent

Better

245

81.6%

Worse

0

0%

No Effect

55

18.3%

Total

300

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

15). If you think your area improved, can you give an approximate length of time you experienced relief from mosquito annoyance?

 

 

Number

Percent

1-2 days

42

17.5%

3-5 days

41

17.1%

1 week

63

26.3%

2 weeks+

93

38.9%

Total

239

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NOTE: 2/3 experienced at least a week of relief, nearly 39% report more than 2 weeks of relief

 

16). On average, our services cost $2.00 – $4.00 per person each year (withheld from local aid rec’d from the State). In your opinion, is this amount too high, too low, or sufficient?

 

 

Number

Percent

Sufficient

241

82.5%

Too Low

48

16.4%

Too High

3

1%

Total

292

 

 

 

17). In which month or months do you recall receiving service?

 

 

Number

Percent

June

69

23.2%

July

92

30.9%

August

52

17.5%

More than 1

84

28.2%

Total

297

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

18). Overall, are you happy with the service provided this year by CMMCP?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

276

92%

No

24

8%

Total

300

 

 

19). Do you plan on using our service again in the future?

 

 

Number

Percent

Yes

293

98%

No

6

2%

Total

299

 

 

 

 

Please rate our performance for 2009 from 0 to 5, where 5 is the best rating, 0 is the worst rating:

 

QUESTION

POINTS

AVERAGE

The information you received over the phone was informative & helpful

935 points from 1,050

(210 respondents)

4.44 average from 5

The information on our website is easily available and helpful

1,137 points from 1,285 (257 respondents)

4.4 average from 5 

The response time for service is reasonable

1,339 points out of 1,485 (297 respondents)

4.5 average from 5

Our field staff that responded is knowledgeable and competent

1,258 points out of 1,370 (274 respondents)

4.6 average from 5

The service provided was effective

1,175 points out of 1,475 (295 respondents)

3.98 average from 5

This service is reasonable compared to the cost

1,342 points out of 1,470 (294 respondents)

4.6 average from 5

Please rate your overall satisfaction with the service received in 2009

1,301 points out of 1,475 (295 respondents)

4.4 average from 5

 

Total satisfaction rating: 8,487 points out of 9,610 possible – 4.41 average

 

 

CONCLUSION

 

Overall satisfaction was 92%, and 98% would use our services again in the future. Answers to question #9 shows a marked increase over past years in regards to residents receiving public relations materials. This survey also documents the increase in website usage to register requests.

 

Overall this survey shows high satisfaction amongst the respondents, but some ratings were lower slightly than in past surveys. This was due in part to a higher volume of service requests, cooler than average nighttime temperatures in the early part of the spray season, and most notably significant rain events throughout most of the summer that negatively impacted spray operations and contributed to a constant hatch of new mosquito broods.

OVERALL SATISFACTION – WERE YOU HAPPY W/SERVICE?