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Data Driven Detroit (D3) provides accessible high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making. Our vision is that essential and unbiased information is used by all.


D3 began as a data hub for community organizations, foundations, governments, and other organizations in need of reliable data to help them make better decisions about the future of Detroit and the surrounding region. Today, D3 continues to fill this role, functioning as a data intermediary and a partner to socially-minded groups seeking data to drive decision-making.

In keeping with our mission, we work with partners to better understand complex datasets and how those data can help them achieve their goals. We are committed to ensuring that our work increases accessibility and promotes collaboration.


In 2008, The Skillman Foundation and The Kresge Foundation awarded City Connect Detroit a $1.85 million grant to incubate Data Driven Detroit (originally named the Detroit-Area Community Information System).

Within its first year, D3 was selected by the Urban Institute to join the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP). NNIP is a select group of organizations that have built advanced and continuously updated data systems to track neighborhood conditions in their cities.

By December 2012, Data Driven Detroit became an affiliated program of the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA). This move strengthened D3′s operations and increased exposure to a statewide network of member nonprofits and philanthropic organizations. Our association with MNA been an important part of our evolution into our current L3C status.

In October of 2015, D3 transitioned to the structure of a Low-Profit Limited Liability Company (L3C). An L3C requires our partners and their projects to align with the mission of D3.

As we move forward, you can count on D3 to remain committed to the very things we always have: our core values, our trusted partners, and the accumulated wisdom gained by experiencing this growth together.