On the Table Philly Survey Results - On The Table Greater Philly

On the Table Philly Survey Results

On The Table Philly 2018

On the
Table Philly Survey Results


On Nov. 8, 2018, we
invited residents in the Greater Philadelphia region to come together in groups — large and small — to participate in conversations and share ways to make their community a better place to live, work and play.  Following the conversations, participants were asked to share feedback and key takeaways from their conversations through a short survey.

On the Table Philly brought together approximately 5,000 participants, 861 of whom participated in the post-conversation survey, which was conducted online and via paper.

We’re sharing the survey results in:

  •  A Summary Brief, a high-level analysis of how participants feel about the communities in which they live
  • A Slide Deck, which details who participated, their level of community engagement and anticipated next steps
  • An interactive Data Exploration Tool, which allows the user to examine some survey answers with the use of demographic filters. 


We learned that those who participated in On the Table Philly and responded to the survey are highly engaged. The overwhelming majority of participants expressed hope about the future of their
community, and this optimistic outlook spans the entire region.  Regardless of gender, age, and race or
ethnicity, majorities are more hopeful than worried about what the future

On the Table Philly participants overwhelmingly rate their communities as an excellent or good place to live.  In addition to their neighborhood, the aspects of their community that participants who live in the city are most happy with are public transportation and recreational opportunities.  The top issues raised during conversations were community and civic engagement.


Immediately following the conversations, the Philadelphia Foundation asked participants to submit a brief application and video for Activate mini-grants to implement ideas generated during their On the Table conversations.

We awarded 43 grants to help people take action on solutions to community issues. The applications were awarded based on input from a panel of community judges who considered criteria including whether the ideas were relevant, innovative, actionable and specific.

For a list of funded projects, visit funded projects.


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