The Eastern Caribbean Center of the University of the Virgin
Islands is conducting its annual Virgin Islands Community Survey
(VICS) among a sample of households in the territory. Now in Phase
I - mapping - UVI employees are on St. Thomas, St. Croix and St.
John mapping residential areas. During the first phase of this
project, UVI employees will travel to selected areas to map housing
units using GPS devices. Phase II - interviewing - will begin in
late September and end in December. During the second phase, UVI
employees will administer a housing and population survey to sample
households. All mappers and interviewers will have official UVI
The goal of the VICS is to provide a clearer understanding of the
changing population and housing statistics in the US Virgin
Islands. Demographic surveys provide important information to
educators, the legislature, businesses and anyone needing
information about the community. The survey will generate official
statistics relating to economics, population, housing, health and
"This is really the only source of information for the Virgin
Islands where we have comprehensive housing and population
information," said Dr. Asha DeGannes, acting director of the
Eastern Caribbean Center. She said that many government and
non-profit agencies rely on the data for grant applications and for
program reporting to federal agencies. Dr. DeGannes encouraged the
public to participate in the survey when contacted. "We really need
this information," she said.
The survey is confidential and all information is accessible only
to select authorized employees of the Eastern Caribbean Center.
"All of our employees - full-time, part-time and temporary -are
required to take an oath of confidentiality and sign a
confidentiality agreement," Dr. DeGannes said. For more information
about the Virgin Islands Community Survey, call the Eastern
Caribbean Center at (340) 693-1020.