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Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible, high-quality information and analysis to drive decision-making that strengthens communities in Southeast Michigan.

2014 Open Data Day

On February 22, participants in the second annual International Open Data Hackathon will gather around the globe to liberate, analyze and publish data in order to “show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.” (For more information, please visit opendataday.org.)

While there isn’t an [Read on...]

A Data Driven Story: TechTown’s SWOT City

This is the first in a series of profiles of partner organizations using data from Data Driven Detroit to successfully support their work.

Detroit’s neighborhoods have long struggled in the face of declining population and growing epidemics of vacancy and blight, and few areas have been as hard-hit as the Brightmoor community, located on [Read on...]

The “Environmental & Sustainability Data Workshop” Summer 2013 Series

Staring at spreadsheets… what does it all mean? How do I actually use all these numbers and maps to make a difference in my community? Data Driven Detroit is here to help. With support from the Graham Environmental Sustainability Institute and the Center for Advancing Research and Solutions for Society, D3 conducted a series of [Read on...]

Nonprofits Take Steps to Measure Their Outcomes, And You Can Too!

by Kurt Metzger, Director

The Boston Globe had a story the other day about the growing number of nonprofits that have begun tracking outcomes in an effort to improve their performance and demonstrate their value to donors.

Nonprofits are using methods favored by for-profits, such as keeping detailed databases [Read on...]

Energy Usage Map: New York City

Check out the energy use map developed by Columbia University’s School of Engineering and Applied Science for New York City. The map’s been widely covered for providing an important service to accelerate the conversation around energy use and related concepts: conservation, cogeneration, etc.

We like the map too. In the spirit of critical examination, [Read on...]

When You Write About Geographic Areas, Please Be Specific!

by Kurt Metzger, Director

The Census collects data on many geographic levels, and failing to make the distinction between cities and metropolitan areas can create inaccurate or misleading statistics.

We at Data Driven Detroit (D3) take our data and our geographic definitions seriously. Last year we ranted about Forbes Magazine and their discussion about [Read on...]

ANOTHER FINE MESS: Mass Confusion on Literacy Rates in Detroit

By Danny Devries, Data Analyst & Louis Bach, Communications

It seems that if you spend enough time in Detroit, someone will, sooner or later, tell you that half of the city’s population is illiterate. It happened to us most recently on the December 1st episode of the Craig Fahle show when a caller rang in [Read on...]