Introducing the "Community Data Snapshot" to Accelerate Indianapolis’ Progress
Many people and organizations in the public, private, non-profit and philanthropic sectors are engaged in efforts to strengthen the Indianapolis community. It is both challenging and rewarding work.
Events over the past year have underscored the complexity of the problems we must solve to make our community a place where all people can thrive. These times have made clear that we must conduct our work with increased urgency, and – when it comes to addressing the most complex challenges – we must be open to working in new and different ways.
At the Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation, we believe that accelerating progress starts with a clear understanding of the status quo and a willingness to measure and track outcomes over time. To that end, we are pleased to unveil the new Community Data Snapshot, which we hope will support the work of the Foundation and our community partners in our collective efforts to improve the lives of people in Indianapolis.
The Snapshot provides a streamlined place to find data about pressing community issues across the Foundation’s three focus areas: Education, Health, and the Vitality of Indianapolis. In addition to employment data, the Vitality of Indianapolis category includes information on areas such as housing, food insecurity, and criminal justice, all of which intersect with and impact education, employment, and health outcomes. In total, the Snapshot contains almost 200 graphs, with most data spanning the time period from 2010 to 2019. In addition, you will find:
Demographic information: To provide context for the data presented within our focus areas, we included a section devoted to demographic information so we can better understand changes in population characteristics over time.
Disaggregated, detailed data: The Snapshot presents data disaggregated by race, socioeconomic status, gender, and other characteristics. In addition to accessing data visualizations with topline information, users have the ability to download the graphs and underlying data for in-depth analysis. The data visualizations can also be shared via social media.
Notes and sources: The Snapshot includes notes to explain the data presented, as well as links to original data sources.
The Snapshot will be updated annually to help continuously track progress and identify community needs.
Why Has the Foundation Launched the Community Data Snapshot? One of our goals as an independent, private foundation is to serve as a trusted source of information to support grantees, community partners, and others in their work. Through the Community Data Snapshot, we hope to shine a spotlight on our community’s progress and challenges so that together we can work in more strategic and targeted ways to advance the vitality of Indianapolis and the well-being of its people.
We hope you find value in the Snapshot and look forward to hearing your feedback. Thank you for the impactful work you do to improve the lives of people in Indianapolis. During these challenging times, your efforts are more important than ever.