2014 One D Scorecard Launches Today

Several years ago, One D began as an effort to bring together parallel research and resources aimed at facilitating and evaluating regional development in Southeast Michigan.  Although One D disbanded in 2011, D3 continues to be a steward of the One D Scorecard – first crafted by One D partners as a comprehensive blueprint for moving our region – metropolitan Detroit – forward.

Today, D3 is launching the 2014 One D Scorecard.  Our newest iteration implements exciting changes in user experience, while building on the Scorecard’s original mission to increase access to key information, inform civic dialogue, and track progress on shared regional goals.  We’ve thoughtfully curated new indicators, analyzed them using the “One D Index,” and designed a Scorecard that is powered by interactive data visualizations.

The Scorecard measures metro Detroit’s performance in comparison to over 50 metropolitan regions throughout the U.S. across five priority areas: Economic Prosperity, Educational Preparedness, Quality of Life, Social Equity, and Regional Transit.  This year, we’ve created the One D Index to roll up over 30 outcome-based indicators into a single comprehensive score to better understand how metro Detroit stacks up across priority areas and other regions overall.


Among its many new features, the 2014 One D Scorecard uses interactive data visuals to learn about our region.  For example, we find that our region – metro Detroit – scores higher on the Social Equity Index than on any of the other four priority area indices in 2011.  Using the bar chart, we unpack the index and individually explore the indicators that drive the Social Equity priority area.  There, we see that metro Detroit leads all other regions included in the Scorecard in “percent of owner-occupied housing” for Hispanics and ranks second in the same category for White households; therefore, positively boosting our overall Social Equity Index score.  And this is only one short chapter of the many data stories to be discovered!

Moreover, the 2014 One D Scorecard is now home to the Kirwan Institute’s Southeast Michigan Regional Opportunity Index mapping initiative, through the One Detroit Portal.  While the Scorecard reports on and across regions, the Portal is a unique data deep-dive into Southeast Michigan to explore complementary census tract level indicators that illustrate the diversity within and among the cities that make up metro Detroit.


Why is D3’s Director, Erica Raleigh, excited about the 2014 One D Scorecard? 

“Regional thinking is critical,” says Erica. “Understanding how we compare to other regions can lead to localized action, and integrating the Opportunity Index and the One D Scorecard allows just that – we can see exactly where we need to foster greater opportunity within metro Detroit.”

Start exploring at onedscorecard.datadrivendetroit.org and let us know how you’re using this data to drive regional decision-making!  Share feedback or questions by commenting or contacting us through AskD3, with subject line “One D Scorecard.”

D3 thanks the New Economy Initiative, Kresge Foundation, and Bosch Community Fund for their generous support of the Scorecard, as well as our research and development partners, the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity at Ohio State University and NiJeL.