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Beyond the Jailhouse Cell: How Data Can Inform Fairer Justice Policies
Beyond the Jailhouse Cell: How Data Can Inform Fairer Justice Policies

by Alexis Farmer Government-provided open data is a value-added approach to providing transparency, analytic insights for government efficiency, innovative solutions for products and services, and increased civic participation. Two of the least transparent public institutions are jails and prisons. The majority of population has limited knowledge about jail and prison operations and the demographics of […]

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Oakland County – By The Numbers July 15, 2015
Oakland County – By The Numbers

By Sabiha Zainulbhai Detroit By The Numbers: A WDET and D3 Partnership We’ve seen news articles and public officials publicizing Oakland County as one of “the wealthiest counties in the country,” But where does this statistic come from? Does Oakland County make it in the top ten? Does it even come close? As part of […]

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Meet the Interns (part 2) June 18, 2015
Meet the Interns (part 2)

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 Zainulbhai. Now, we’re introducing Jessica Waligora, our Web Development Intern, and Lucas Munson, our Marketing/Outreach Intern. As with our three data analysis interns, Lucas and Jessica are working on community-focused […]

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Meet The Interns (part 1) June 17, 2015
Meet The Interns (part 1)

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 internship program. Each intern is working on a community-focused project of their own design, proposed to the D3 team during a highly competitive application process. In addition, each intern […]

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Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 3: Place and Race Together May 6, 2015
Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 3:  Place and Race Together

By Kit Frohardt-Lane 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 of Detroit, Oakland, and Macomb counties.  Low birth weight (LBW), defined as 2500 grams or less[1], is a significant contributor to Detroit’s alarmingly high […]

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Getting “Trashed” on Opening Day, 2015 April 6, 2015
Getting “Trashed” on Opening Day, 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 activities and of course another hopeful season of baseball. Each year throngs of Tigers fans (and those who like an excuse to celebrate) from all over the region […]

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Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 2: Does Place Matter? April 1, 2015
Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 2:  Does Place Matter?

By Kit Frohardt-Lane 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 Detroit, Oakland County, and Macomb County.  Low birth weight (LBW), defined as 2500 grams or less[1], is a significant contributor to Detroit’s alarmingly high […]

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Data Show Where Detroit’s Students Live March 26, 2015
Data Show Where Detroit’s Students Live

Detroit is a big place, and the demand for schools can’t be the same equally across the city, especially since there are such large differences between thriving and disinvested areas. Because the education landscape continues to be a topic of much discussion, we recently put an approximated student location data set to good use by creating an […]

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Exploring Student Dispersion Maps March 23, 2015
Exploring Student Dispersion Maps

Since the 2011-12 school year, Data Driven Detroit (D3) has created a series of maps that illustrate the spatial patterns related to where students from different areas in Detroit attend school or where students from different schools live (see our previous blog post introducing the project). This year’s data, from the October 2013 student count, […]

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Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 1: Detroit March 12, 2015
Moms, Place, and Low Birth Weight, Part 1:  Detroit

In an influential January 30, 2014 Detroit News article entitled “Detroit is Deadliest City for Children,” the author, Karen Bouffard, wrote, “In 2010, Detroit (population about 713,000) and Cleveland (population about 390,000) had the highest infant mortality rates of Big City America: 13.5 deaths for every 1,000 live births — higher than in Panama, Romania […]

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