History of D3

History of Data Driven Detroit

Data Driven Detroit (originally the Detroit-Area Community Information System) was founded in 2008 to serve as a one-stop-shop for data on Detroit and the region. We were incubated by City Connect Detroit with funding from The Skillman Foundation and The Kresge FoundationWithin our first year, D3 was selected by the Urban Institute to join the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership (NNIP), a learning network, coordinated by the Urban Institute, of independent organizations in 30 cities that share a mission to ensure all communities have access to data and the skills to use information to advance equity and well-being across neighborhoods.

In 2012, D3 became an affiliated program of the Michigan Nonprofit Association (MNA). MNA strengthened our operations and guided D3 through a leadership transition after the departure of our founding director. Together, MNA and D3 executed one of the most ambitious data collection projects in Detroit’s history.

In October of 2015, D3 transitioned to the structure of a standalone Low-Profit Limited Liability Company (L3C). Being an L3C requires us to make decisions that align with the mission of D3, including how we operate internally, what kinds of projects we work on, and how we get data and information out to the community.

Following a successful first year under our new structure, we began actively building our team’s capacity and governance structures with the goal of converting D3 into a worker-owned organization. This structure will allow us to better live out D3’s values in our day-to-day work. We’re partnering with the Center for Community-Based Enterprise (C2BE) to help with this process, and anticipate completing this conversion in early 2021.

Since our founding, we have partnered with hundreds of organizations on projects as small as planning for a city block and as large as surveying the conditions and occupancy status of all 380,000 parcels of land in the city of Detroit. Throughout our evolution, our mission and vision have remained consistent:

Our mission is to provide accessible high-quality information and analysis to drive informed decision-making. Our vision is that essential and unbiased information is used by all.