East Metro Pulse FAQ


What is East Metro Pulse? We want to learn more about the strengths and challenges facing our community. East Metro Pulse is a tool the Saint Paul & Minnesota Foundations will use to measure community vitality and quality of life in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties. Every two years, we will ask East Metro residents how they feel about community connectedness, economic opportunity and security, education and much more. Data collected through East Metro Pulse will be used to help our neighbors, leaders and policymakers better understand the state of the East Metro.

What do the Foundations hope to learn from this survey? We are interested in a wide range of issues that affect the daily lives of East Metro residents. We hope our survey will help us learn about everything from poverty to education, transportation to food security, arts and culture to health and more.

How do I learn more about the Foundation’s six areas of community vitality? You can click here to learn more about each of our six areas of community vitality.


Why do we need the public’s help? We want to make our community stronger. That wouldn’t be possible without the input of people like you, and your friends and neighbors. Community members are the best people to tell us what is working and what is not. Your opinions will shape the conversations our leaders and policy makers have about the East Metro. We want those conversations to be about the issues that you care about the most.

Will I receive a survey in the mail? You will receive a survey in the mail if you are one of the randomly selected households in Dakota, Ramsey and Washington counties. If you received a letter and survey from the Foundations, please follow the enclosed instructions to complete the survey.

If I receive a survey, do I have to complete it? Participation is voluntary, but your responses are the most important resource we have to measure how our community is doing and what opportunities we have to improve. Your insights will help policy makers, funders, nonprofits and other local leaders better partner with you in building solutions to community challenges.

Why do you ask for personal information? We are asking for some demographic information to ensure the survey is representative of the East Metro population. Your responses are completely confidential and your information will not be shared beyond this survey.

When is the next survey? Be on the lookout for the next survey in 2020.


Where can I find East Metro Pulse? East Metro Pulse reports and data books are available at eastmetropulse.org.

How will you use what you have learned from the survey and report? East Metro Pulse provides valuable data and information on how the East Metro is doing and ensures that grant seekers, community leaders, policymakers and others have access to comprehensive and meaningful data about the region. The results of East Metro Pulse will help the Foundations, and our neighbors in the East Metro and throughout Minnesota, have a better understanding of our community’s strengths and opportunities for growth.