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January 11, 2019

Songs of Hope
Friday, March 15, 2019 from 8am-3pm at the Johnson Center at Malone University, you are invited to attend "Songs of Hope: Building Resilience and Overcoming Trauma in Early Childhood"
featuring David Kisor of
Growing Sounds and Mary Kreitz of Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health. Breakfast and lunch will be included. Five Ohio approved hours 
(pending) and Malone graduate credit will be available. Registration opens January 21, 2019. 
For more information, call 330-491-3272. 

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What Gets Measured, Gets Done

It is time to redefine how we measure progress toward a better tomorrow. - The Two Tomorrows[1]
In this era of "big data," county and city-level data that synthesize multiple outcomes can be a valuable tool for educators, businesses and community organizations.

Fortunately, a variety of these tools are now coming online. The Opportunity Index allows for the comparison of over 2,000 counties with similar clusters of counties, their state, and the nation on indicators representing the economy, education, community well-being, health and business.

Also, currently in development is the Census Bureau's new data exploration platform. This platform will allow for a "visual snapshot" of county statistics drawing upon American Community Survey data. The bureau is currently seeking public feedback on the functionality of the site.

Using the same data - as well as additional information from other governmental agencies - StatsAmerica[2] features profiles of U.S. states, counties and towns. One can find, for instance, that Stark County ranks 871 in the nation, out of over 3,000 counties, on graduate and professional degrees. Data also can also processed by school district.

An even more significant development is the result of years of effort on the part of the Census Bureau, Harvard, and Brown Universities. Research has shown that where children live has a substantial impact on their future. This new Opportunity Atlas has combined anonymous data from over 20 million Americans ranging back to 30 years ago. As the Introduction to the atlas states, "Many people think about conditions in a neighborhood based on the incomes of current residents. The Opportunity Atlas, in contrast, shows for the first time how much kids who grow up in a neighborhood earn as adults." Communities are now able to look at such outcomes down to the Census Tract Level, "Using these new data, you can learn exactly where and for whom opportunity has been missing, and develop local solutions to help more children rise out of poverty"

Now that such data is increasingly available, what's the plan? Two organizations with heavy Stark County involvement are already working on this on a regional basis. The Fund for Our Economic Future's The Two Tomorrows and research by TeamNEO further synthesize many of these variables and outline viable "roadmaps".

[1] The Two Tomorrows: Regional priorities for a better tomorrow from the Fund for Our Economic Future at:
[2] From the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University and the U.S. Commerce Department
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The Stark Education Partnership - a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in Stark County, Ohio -  is a catalyst, engaging and collaborating with education, business, civic and community stakeholders to drive sustainable improvement and innovation to provide all students with education and career success.  

Questions or comments? Email or call 330-452-0829. Visit our website at
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