Second data walk to showcase key information about Dubuque community
Contact: Jenna Manders
For immediate release
On Tuesday, April 2, from 4:30-6:30 p.m., the Community Foundation of Greater Dubuque will host its second annual data walk, featuring displays that highlight community indicators around areas including academic achievement, access to opportunity, and workforce and employment.
“The data on display is intended to serve as a jumping-off point for our community partners to consider how we can work together to develop innovative, localized solutions to complex community challenges,” said Jenna Manders, knowledge management director at the Community Foundation.
The data walk is one component of a project funded by an anonymous donor grant that will help the Community Foundation use data to drive its work in creating community-level social change.
“Data allows us to understand current conditions, identify problems, set goals and track progress for sustained impact. Data can support all aspects of a nonprofit’s or community group’s work, from their operations to communications to program delivery,” said Manders. “The Community Foundation’s goal is to support the nonprofit sector in collecting data that can be shared and analyzed.”
Recent data collection efforts include two needs assessments in 2016 focused on child care and brain health services. The foundation has found that having thorough data available has accelerated work to address the needs and gaps identified by those assessments.
Data walk participants will be asked to share feedback and reactions to what they experience on April 2. The Community Foundation will also share data highlights online following the event.
Advance registration is required, and community leaders from the nonprofit, government, civic, social service and education sectors are invited to attend this free event.