Chronic Early Absenteeism

This study was designed to assess the prevalence and consequences of chronic early absenteeism in Kent County among first, second and third grade students from 2006 to 2009 in twenty school districts.

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Michigan Historical Residential Foreclosure Data Project

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The purpose of the effort is to provide communities throughout the state of Michigan with meaningful historical residential foreclosure-related data that gives them a clear picture of the genesis of the crisis and its impact over time both at the state and county level. allows stakeholders to explore the Michigan education system through interactive maps and reports. Traditional, charter, and private school performance data is integrated with community-level population, crime, economic, and health data by shading maps and filtering school performance.

We invite you to search for your school or district and compare its performance and community statistics with other Michigan schools.

Kent County Early Childhood Indicators

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On behalf of the Kent County Great Start Collaborative and First Steps, CRI worked with more than 40 community partners to generate dozens of potential indicators that were then vetted and analyzed with an eye toward national best practice. The list was culled further based on a number of factors, including data availability, reliability and relevance to the core elements of Kent County's early childhood community vision. This presentation, delivered June 16 and 17 to a Believe 2 Become project Baby Scholars event, highlights some of the baseline data for Kent County's early childhood indicators.

Census 2010

On March 22, the U.S. Census Bureau released the 2010 redistricting data numbers for Michigan. The data include summaries of population totals, race and Hispanic origin, housing totals and vacancies for multiple geographies within the state.

Click here to see the numbers and trends for your Grand Rapids neighborhood or cities, villages, townships or counties in Michigan.

Michigan 2010 Census Planning

The primary purpose of the Michigan 2010 Census Planning website is to assist organizations throughout the State in targeting Census outreach efforts by geography and particular demographic segments where mail non-response is anticipated to be low.

Greater Grand Rapids Community Survey

The Greater Grand Rapids Community Survey has been fielded to a random sample of adults in Kent County annually for the past several years. Typically, the survey obtains 500 responses with an oversample of African-Americans and Hispanics. The survey asks respondents for their views in the broad areas of health, community engagement and basic needs and collects data on respondent demographics (race/ethnicity, gender, income, geography, marital status, age, and home ownership). GGRCS data is available for faculty research resulting in brief reports to the community.

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Kent County Tax Credit Coalition Project

The Kent County Tax Credit Coalition is a collaboration of Heart of West Michigan United Way, Kent County Department of Human Services, Internal Revenue Service and many other partners in the public, private and nonprofit sector committed to helping low income working people in Kent County keep what they have earned and build for their future.

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West Michigan Vital Signs: Regional Indicators

West Michigan Strategic Alliance and partners developed of a set of regional indicators that will offer clear, tangible standards by which to measure the sustainability and quality of life in the West Michigan region. These 15 indicators, based on Elements of Sustainable Quality of Life, are a tool to measure what our region looks like and report on how things are changing. The initial focus of data gathering for this project will be the four counties of Kent, Ottawa, Muskegon and Allegan. We plan to incorporate data from Ionia, Barry and Newaygo counties in the future.

For more information about this project and download copies of the report go to West Michigan Strategic Alliance Regional Indicators website.

The Grand Rapids Juvenile Offense Index Report

The Grand Rapids Juvenile Offense Index Report was developed in partnership with the Office of Children Youth & Families and the Grand Rapids Police Department. It includes an analysis of juvenile offenses in the City of Grand Rapids in 2006 along with individual neighborhood profiles and juvenile offense maps for each of the 32 recognized neighborhood association areas in the city.

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