National Coral Reef Monitoring Program
Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands: 2024 Socioeconomic Survey
The second cycle of the CNMI socioeconomic survey is scheduled for 2024.
In 2016, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) conducted the first-ever National Coral Reef Monitoring Program resident survey in CNMI. The national survey collects information on resident use of coral reefs, knowledge, attitudes, and perceptions of coral reefs and management. The survey has helped NOAA and the CNMI Government improve programs designed to protect coral reefs at local, regional, and national levels, as well as inform continuing research and communication products.
The second cycle of socioeconomic surveys is targeted for spring of 2024. CNMI residents will be randomly selected and invited to participate in the survey. The survey will tentatively be offered in English, Chamorro, Carolinian, and Chinese Mandarin. Partners and stakeholders provided survey instrument and sampling design feedback in 2020, and the survey instrument completed its first clearance through the Office of Management and Budget in 2021. In summer 2023, the survey instrument will be re-cleared and the survey vendor for this collection (a neutral third party) will be contracted in preparation for surveying in 2024.
March - September 2020: Partner engagement (sampling design and survey development)
January - June 2021: Office of Management and Budget survey review and approval 1 
April - August 2023: Hiring of subcontractor
May 2023: Partner re-engagement (survey confirmation)
June - July 2023: Office of Management and Budget survey review and approval 2 
Fall 2023: Survey translation
October 2023 - January 2024: Surveyor recruitment and training
January - April 2024: Data collection
May - July 2024: Data quality assurance and control
August 2024 - January 2025: Data analyses, report writing
Spring/Summer 2025: Report of findings; final report and infographics posted; data archived
The Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 requires federal agencies to obtain approval from the Office of Management and Budget each time they collect or sponsor the collection of information. Surveys must go through a rigorous review process that may include multiple reviews and require many months to be approved.
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