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Community Data Assessment Project


At the Grand Traverse Regional Community Foundation, we envision healthy, resilient, thriving communities supported by a culture of generosity. In our role to enhance the quality of life in our communities, by serving as a leader of local philanthropy, we wanted to better understand our region and how we are doing in various measures that impact quality of life. With the help of a local research partner, we completed an assessment of existing data to determine how we are currently doing in terms of quality of life in our communities and to identify some of the greatest opportunities for impact. Read more about the project and what we learned.


Applying What Was Learned - Areas for Impact and Priority Data Points 

As a result of the data assessment project, we've identified three areas with great opportunity for impact - Education and Schools, Teen and Young Adult Programs, and Health and Mental Health. The table below shows more about each of these areas, including the priority data points we, with the help of community partners, hope to see improve.

Notes on the data points:

  • "College" is defined by any post-secondary education, certification, or credential.
  • Disconnected Youth is measured by young adults 16-24 that are neither working nor in school.
  • Housing problems is measured by having at least one of these four problems: overcrowding, high housing costs, lack of kitchen, lack of plumbing

For more information on the Data Assessment Project or how we're applying what we learned, contact Alison Metiva by email or at 231-935-4066.

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