|Gaston County Data Resource Dashboard Launched|
Gaston County Data Resource Dashboard Launched
Gaston Together and the Community Foundation of Gaston County work with the UNCC Urban Institute to create new online resource
A new data resource about Gaston County is available through online, interactive dashboards. Trends on the county’s demographics, economy, education, health and quality of life are tracked and compared to peer counties as well as state and national figures.
This program represents a continuing partnership coordinated by Gaston Together and other local Gaston County groups with UNC Charlotte’s Urban Institute. Support from the Community Foundation of Gaston County has allowed for the interactive data tool to be made public on the web.
Gaston is the first county in the Charlotte region to become a data partner with the UNC Charlotte Urban Institute, as a part of the institute’s Regional Indicators Partners program. The Charlotte Regional Indicators Project tracks and assesses key indicators of quality of life for the 14-county, two-state region around Charlotte. The project provides objective, reliable and relevant data measuring the region’s progress on a wide range of social, economic, and environmental indicators.
To complement the Charlotte Regional Indicators Project, the institute launched the Indicator Partners Program in 2010. This is an initiative to form long-term, strategic data partnerships between the institute and community organizations.
Gaston Together looked to community agencies to help fund the development phase of their indicator partnership. Gaston College, Gaston Family Health Services and the Gaston County United Way partnered to invest in the project.
In 2013, the Community Foundation of Gaston County provided support that has made the data on the site available to the general public. Now, anyone can access information for planning purposes, grant writing and marketing. The site also creates a common base of knowledge to identify strengths and weaknesses, community needs and successes. The goal is to provide the greater community with the data and evidence needed to achieve better outcomes for its citizens. The website address is: ui.uncc.edu/data/partner/gastontogether.
After two years of development, the site was officially launched at a public event May 14 at Gaston College. The community was invited to bring their own technology to use as institute staff introduced the data dashboard and demonstrated how it could be used.
Formed in 1997, Gaston Together brings the people and resources of Gaston County together to address community issues through the principles and best practices of collaboration, facilitation, promotion and the anticipation of possibilities.
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