Eastern Caribbean Center to Begin Phase II of Community Survey
The University of the Virgin Islands Eastern Caribbean Center (ECC)
is conducting Phase II of its annual Virgin Islands Community
Survey (VICS). During Phase II of the survey process, which runs
from Dec. 8, 2012 to Jan. 12, 2013, ECC staff will interview the
"The goal of the VICS is to provide a clearer understanding of the
changing population and housing statistics in the U.S. Virgin
Islands," said Dr. Asha DeGannes, Eastern Caribbean Center's acting
director. "Demographic surveys provide important information to
educators, the legislature, businesses and anyone needing
information about the community." Dr. DeGannes said the survey will
generate official statistics relating to economics, population,
housing, health and employment.
"The VI Community Survey is the only source of information for the
Virgin Islands where we have comprehensive housing and population
information," said Dr. DeGannes. "We are especially urging
residents to cooperate with interviewers when they visit your
houses. If someone wearing UVI identification and an ECC messenger
bag approaches you to ask that you participate, please cooperate,"
said Dr. DeGannes. All interviewers will have official UVI
identification cards and UVI Eastern Caribbean Center messenger
Many government and non-profit agencies rely on the ECC for the
data collected in this survey. The survey results are also useful
for grant applications and for program reporting to federal
The survey is confidential and all information is accessible only
to select authorized employees of the Eastern Caribbean Center. ECC
employees - full-time, part-time and temporary -are required to
take an oath of confidentiality and sign a confidentiality
Phase one of the VICS began in August. During Phase I, UVI
employees traveled throughout St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John
using GPS devices to map residential areas.
For more information about the Virgin Islands Community Survey,
call the Eastern Caribbean Center at (340) 693-1020.