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The Our Miami Report

Project ID: 586
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Year Project Began:
Year of Latest Report:
Last Update: 10/19/15
Project LocationMiami, FL
Lead OrganizationThe Miami Foundation
Type of OrganizationFoundation - Community

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):

Issue Areas:
Arts and Culture, Climate Change, Economy, Education, Environment, Health, Housing, Other, Public Safety, Recreation, Social, Transportation, Volunteerism


Project Description

The 2014 Our Miami Report provides a community snapshot of key quality of life issues shaping Greater Miami’s vitality by examining the data, trends and stories behind them. The study collected secondary research including more than 60 data points across eight critical issues: arts & culture, civic engagement, economy, education, environment & public spaces, health & safety, housing & affordability and transportation. The report intentionally focused on data that could be benchmarked over time and compares our metro area to others where relevant. The Miami Foundation worked with local advisors to find intersections among issues, display important successes, challenges and opportunities, and offer a framework for solutions and action. The biennial report builds on the 2012 Our Miami: Soul of the City study, which explored factors that connect people to the place they live. The 2014 report takes the research to a new level in terms of its scope and approach to finding connections across the indicators.

What framework does this project use if any?

Awards and Recognitions: Place Marketing Forum, Best Practice Award, awarded in 2014 for the 2012 Our Miami Report

Achievements: The initiatives inspired by and resulting from Our Miami have been heralded as innovations with impact including the Public Space Challenge (ourmiami.org/challenge), the Match305 talent retention project, and the Talent Development Network (a partnership of all local institutions of higher education and the business community).

Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes
64 metrics were identified across 17 objectives under the 8 Issue Areas. Metrics come from local, state and national sources. Federal government agencies such as the Census Bureau and Bureau of Labor Statistics provided much of the data Housing & Affordability and Economy. The State of Florida provided much of the data on Education. And, sometimes we relied on studies from respected third parties, such as the Trust for Public Land and the American Public Transportation Association. All data contained in the 2014 Our Miami Report is the most recently published, publicly accessible information with national coverage. Additionally, we prioritized choosing data sets with regular publication schedules so that the next phase of the Our Miami Report can be updated in two years with minimal variation to our methodology. Overall, every effort was made to be objective in our interpretation of the data by using time-series data with national benchmarks.

Does this project have Performance Measures?: Yes
The Report benchmarks Miami-Dade County against four other regions in the US in order to provide context to our performance. And, we display two years of data to provide a historical view which helps determine if we are improving or falling behind in our objectives.

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: No

Contact Information

Stuart Kennedy
The Miami Foundation
40 NW 3 St, Suite 305
Miami, FL 33128

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