Using readily available and regularly updated data to ensure services are delivered to the people who need them, and build the capacity of a strong service provider to continue using data into the future.
In 2016, Data Driven Detroit teamed up with Forgotten Harvest, an organization dedicated to relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste. With 250 organizations in its network receiving food, and a service area of roughly 2,000 square miles, Forgotten Harvest wanted to ensure their food reached people and families most in need of their services.
Combining the vast knowledge of Forgotten Harvest staff with D3’s understanding of available data and how to use it wisely, we were able to create a handful of maps that confirm a lot of what the staff already knew and also revealed a few surprises. The maps will help make decisions about where to locate new food drop-off sites to meet existing need, and can be updated annually so decisions are data-driven in the future.
To read in detail about constructing an index of food security for southeast Michigan, more information is available here.