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Delaware Focus

Project ID: 596
CIC Member?:
Yes
Active Project?:
Yes
Year Project Began:
2013
Year of Latest Report:
2015
Last Update: 06/19/16
Project LocationDelaware
State/ProvinceDelaware
CountryUnited States
Lead OrganizationDelaware Community Foundation
Type of OrganizationFoundation - Community

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Geographic Scope (The level of geography at which the indicator data is collected):
Subneighborhood, Neighborhood, Municipality, County, Metropolitan, Multi-County, Sub-State Region, State/Province, Cross-State Region, National, Other

Issue Areas:
Arts and Culture, Children/Youth/Families, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Health, Housing, Other, Population, Poverty, Public Safety, Social, Volunteerism

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Project Description

DelawareFocus is an initiative of the Delaware Community Foundation. This “state of the community” website is aimed at creating a holistic picture of Delaware and deepening our knowledge and understanding of our state. The data and analysis will serve as a common source of information on critical topics that affect the health and progress of our state and inform community stakeholders, spur discussion and collaboration, and monitor our quality of life. Community indicators are measurements of social, environmental and economic factors that affect quality of life. In a community indicator project, these factors are gathered and analyzed over time to monitor the community’s well-being and whether it’s improving, declining, or staying the same. These metrics help us decide how to focus our resources to improve our community, and then to monitor the impact of our collective efforts. Our overview report will be updated annually, and the online data will be updated more frequently as data becomes available to allow for continual monitoring of the community’s evolving needs. Using this data, the DCF will help the community create a shared vision for Delaware’s future and build a statewide, data-driven civic agenda to realize that vision. The DCF will then facilitate partnerships and strategic initiatives that help align the community’s resources to support the agenda. DelawareFocus was developed with assistance from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), based in Rochester, New York. CGR is a nonprofit research and consulting firm that has created several community indicator projects in New York State, Tennessee, and other locations.

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Community Indicators – Performance Measures Integration

Does this project have Community Indicators?: Yes
Over 70 indicators of community wellness sorted within seven topics: Children & Youth, Demographics, Education, Economy & Workforce, Financial Self-Sufficiency, Health, and Quality of Life.

Does this project have Performance Measures?: Yes
DelawareFocus.org presents community data by showing trends over time. In addition, our site uses data from comparison regions and the nation as benchmarks for determining relative performance.

Has this project integrated Community Indicators and Performance Measures?: Yes
DelawareFocus.org encompasses community indicators, performance measurement in the form of trends and comparisons, and community integration as Delaware Community Foundation engages organizations to discuss cross-topic challenges to and successes of our communities.

Contact Information

Deborah Burton
Delaware Community Foundation
P.O. Box 1636
(100 W 10th Street, Suite 115)
Wilmington, Delaware 19899-1636
United States
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