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2020 Census Budget Challenges

2020 Census Budget Challenges This is the third blog post in an in-depth series exploring the history and future of the U.S. Census. Explore our first post introducing readers to the history of the census and its importance or the second post introducing the census budget. The Census Bureau has made great strides in ensuring […]

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Constructing an Index of Food Insecurity October 9, 2017

The Issue As part of a project for Forgotten Harvest, a Detroit area food bank, Data Driven Detroit was asked to construct a single measure that would quantify food insecurity levels by census tract in the tri-county area of southeast Michigan (Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb Counties).  The measure, dubbed the Food Insecurity Index, had to […]

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Introduction to the US Census Budget October 2, 2017

Introduction to the US Census Budget This is the second blog post in an in-depth series exploring the history and future of the U.S. Census. Explore our first post introducing readers to the history of the census and its importance. Few people doubt the importance of having an accurate census count every 10 years, and […]

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Census 2020-What Is The Census? September 18, 2017

What is the Census? Every 10 years in the United States the decennial census takes place. The census is a constitutionally-mandated count of all of the people currently living in the country. Almost every government program you can think of is budgeted based on the census, as is our representation in Congress. The census is […]

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Meet The D3 Interns: Dom Korzecke July 28, 2017
Meet The D3 Interns: Dom Korzecke

  Where did you grow up? I grew up in Lansing/East Lansing, most recently the east side of Lansing. What is your degree in and why did you choose your degree? My undergraduate degree is in Economics and my masters is in Public Policy. I chose economics because I enjoy learning how systems work from […]

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Meet The D3 Interns: Zach Brown July 28, 2017

Where did you grow up? I grew up in Dearborn, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit with around 100,000 people. It has the largest proportion of residents of Middle Eastern descent in the United States, with about 40% of residents citing a Middle Eastern heritage. What is your degree in and why did you choose your […]

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Detroit Vacancy Rates: A Guide to Conscious Data Consumption June 20, 2017

By Stephanie Quesnelle What do all of these numbers have in common? They’ve been used in the past year to describe the vacancy rate in Detroit.  Some represent different parts of the city others represent different types of building (residential vs. commercial), types of tenants (renters vs. owners), and different data sources.  Declining vacancy rates […]

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The NNIP Spring 2017 Retrospective June 8, 2017

By Erica Raleigh The National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP) is a national network of local data intermediaries like D3 that work together to support the development and use of data in local policy-making and community building.  Twice a year, we gather in one of the partner cities to share project work, best practices, and new […]

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5 Essential Podcasts You Should Be Listening To From Erica Raleigh (+55 Bonus Podcasts) March 15, 2017

For those of us who are constantly on the go and on long commutes, podcasts provide an opportunity to keep on top of things we love without skipping a beat. We sat down with our executive director, Erica Raleigh, and discussed some of her favorite podcasts that she listens to in between her busy days. […]

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Data Matters – We Need Your Help! February 8, 2017

Earlier this week we learned of the introduction of Federal Senate and House companion bills with titles that refer to the protection of local zoning ordinances.  Both bills include a section (Section 3) stating “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no Federal funds may be used to design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a Federal database […]

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