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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.

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...]

A Detroit Data History Lesson with Kurt Metzger

by Kurt Metzger, Director

As we enter into 2013, Data Driven Detroit’s new affiliation with the Michigan Nonprofit Association has inspired me to take a step back and reflect on my history and how Data Driven Detroit was born. The history of the organization and my own are inexorably intertwined! In 1975, I accepted a [Read on...]

D.C. Data Conference: A Meeting of the Minds

From May 12 -14, our staff attended the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) bi-annual meeting in Washington, D.C. NNIP is a project of the Urban Institute that helps integrate neighborhood-level information systems with local policymakers and community leaders.

The conference was a welcome opportunity for Data Driven Detroit to network with other data organizations and [Read on...]

A Booming Idea for Playgrounds

London is for swingers—especially those over the age of 65.

One London neighborhood is actually designing an outdoor playground for Baby Boomers. The park will offer low-impact exercise equipment to help older people improve their balance, flexibility and muscle tone.

“Every park has a children’s playground, very few have playgrounds for adults, and none [Read on...]

Educators should count on data

Staying ahead of the numbers can help schools save critical programs

Today I read this headline in the Detroit Free Press: “School districts study enrollment drops.” The article talked about how school officials in Southfield and Romulus have created committees to study their shrinking student populations and to consider the ramifications. Will they have [Read on...]

12 Questions with Kurt Metzger

Kurt Metzger, Director of the Detroit-Area Community Information System center

Kurt Metzger recently joined City Connect Detroit as the Director of the new Detroit Area Community Information System center, also known as D-ACIS. Kurt has previously held posts with the United States Census Bureau where he served as Director, covering Michigan, Ohio, and West [Read on...]