As a one-stop shop for data, D3 has an extensive library for a variety of projects. Our work falls into five categories:


Data Collection: We collect and process administrative and government datasets for use at the local level. When these data are too general for use at the local level, D3 has collaborated with partners to collect primary data to fill geographic gaps.

Data Visualization: In order to ensure widespread understanding and interpretation of data, D3 creates visualizations that help people understand complex and diverse data patterns. Maps are the most common form of visualization, but we also transform spreadsheets into powerful and unique graphs, charts, illustrations and infographics.

Data Analysis: We perform expert analyses to benefit diverse planning efforts for community groups and regional collaborations. We utilize clear and transparent methods for combining and synthesizing various datasets into single measures.

Data Accessibility: We are committed to making data, visualizations and analyses accessible through a variety of online and printed products. We believe in increasing accessibility while respecting sensitivity and privacy by building relationships and restructuring data so it can be released to the widest possible audience. D3 provides access to national and regional datasets through online tools on our website. D3 also develops trainings about finding and using data.

Data-Driven Outcomes: All of our collection, visualization, analysis and accessibility work is focused on increasing data-driven outcomes in policymaking and collaborative planning processes throughout Detroit and Michigan. Our work helps build the civic capacity of disadvantaged communities through the infusion of data in collaborative efforts that improve quality of life.

  • D3 Blog

    • Meet the D3 Summer Interns! (Part 2)
      June 18, 2015
      In our last post, we introduced D3’s pilot summer internship program and interviewed our three data analysis interns – Alexis Farmer, Ayana Rubio, and Sabiha Za . . .
    • Meet the D3 Summer Interns! (Part 1)
      June 17, 2015
      This summer, D3 is privileged to partner with the Max M. and Marjorie S. Fisher Foundation and the Next Gen Board to pilot an innovative, community-based intern . . .
    • New Data Portal Design
      May 21, 2015
      By looking at best practices from other organizations and taking lessons learned from our own implementation, we’ve created a new data portal front page that is . . .
    • Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 3: Place and Race Together
      May 6, 2015
      This is the third in a three-part blog series examining correlates of low birth weight in babies born in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in Detroit, Wayne County outside o . . .
    • Getting “Trashed” on Opening Day, 2015
      April 6, 2015
      We at D3, like many people throughout Detroit, love the Tigers Opening Day celebration. It is a special day that marks the beginning of warm weather, outdoor ac . . .
    • Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 2: Does Place Matter?
      April 1, 2015
      This is the second in a three-part series examining correlates of low birth weight in babies born in 2010, 2011, and 2012 in Detroit, Wayne County outside of De . . .
  • New Open Data Features

    Latest Data Sets Available on the D3 Open Data Portal
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