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COMMUNITIES COUNT: DATA IN ACTION

Documenting the tangible outcomes that result from Communities Count data dissemination is challenging because outcomes at one level—increased awareness and the availability of information—are indirect and may not immediately lead to policy change, funding allocations, or realignment of priorities.  Fortunately, we do have evidence that our data are being used to shape policy and funding decisions to improve the quality of King County communities and the health and well-being of County residents. This table lists recent known uses of Communities Count’s data by a variety of stakeholders in the public and private sectors. 

DateRequester or User Project/PurposeData Requested/Used

April, 2017

Washington CAN! Funding application for BSK Healthy& Safe Environments

Housing affordability

April, 2017

21 Acres Funding application for BSK Healthy& Safe Environments

Free/reduced price-meals

April, 2017

Horn of Africa Services Funding application for BSK Healthy& Safe Environments

Physical activity

June, 2016

Team Redeemed Life Center Funding application for RAYS Up

Homicide

June, 2016 Renton Area Youth and Family Services Funding application for RAYS Up

Teen births

June, 2016 Renton Area Youth and Family Services Funding application for Counseling

Emotional support

June, 2016 Maple Valley Food Bank and Emergency Services Application for Funding

Food insecurity

June, 2016 Multi-Service Center Funding application for Food & Clothing Bank

Food insecurity (background)

June, 2016 Multi-Service Center Funding application for Infant Feeding Corner

Food insecurity (background)

June, 2016   Funding application for Kindering

Child care, birth - 5 years

June, 2016 Kent Youth and Family Services Funding application for Watson Manor

Student Homelessness

June, 2016 Kent Youth and Family Services Funding application for Early Childhood Education

Early education (backgroud)

June, 2016 YWCA-Seattle-King-Snohomish Funding application for Domestic Violence Services

Domestic violence

June, 2016 YWCA-Seattle-King-Snohomish Funding application for Childrens Domestic Violence

Domestic violence

June, 2016 YWCA-Seattle-King-Snohomish Funding application for Anita Vista Transitional

Domestic Violence

June, 2016 Youth Eastside Services Funding application for Family Net

Suburban poverty

June, 2016 Valley Cities Counseling and Consultation Funding application for Homeless Outreach Services

Student Homelessness

June, 2016 The Sophia Way Funding application for Eastside Winter Shelter for Women

Poverty (background)

June, 2016 Solid Ground Funding application for Housing Stability Project

Housing affordability by race/ethnicity

June, 2016 SafeFutures Youth Center Funding application for Case Management

Emotional support

June, 2016 Renton Area Youth and Family Services Funding application for Substance Abuse

Teenrisk and protective factors

June, 2016 Kent Food Bank and Emergency Services Application for Funding Support

Food (Background)

June, 2016 India Association of Western Washington Funding application for IAWWCommunity

Social support

June, 2016 Emergency Feeding Program of Seattle King County Application for Funding

Food assistance: Basic food, food banks, free and reduced price meals, WIC

June, 2016 Domestic Abuse Women's Network Community Advocacy Programs (CAP)

Domestic violence

June, 2016 Des Moines Area Food Bank Application for Funding

Food banks, food hardship

June, 2016 Crisis Clinic Crisis Line

Stress

June, 2016 Communities in Schools of Renton Compassion House

Housing:Affordable rentals by city

June, 2016 Communities in Schools of Renton Family Liaison Program

Poverty (children)

June, 2016 Attain Housing Funding application for Transitional Housing

Affordable housing

June, 2016 Center for Human Services Funding application for Family Support Centers

Early education

June, 2016 Catholic Community Services of King County Funding application for New Bethlehem Day Center for Families

Student homelessness

June, 2016 Catholic Community Services of King County Funding application for Kent Community Engagement Center

Emotional support

June, 2016 Catholic Community Services of King County Funding application for Issaquah Meals Program

Food insecurity

June, 2016 Catholic Community Services of King County Funding application for Eastside Winter Shelter for Families

Student homelessness

April, 2016 City of Seattle City of Seattle Equity and Environment Agenda

Food hardship trends (by region, race/ethnicity)

April, 2016 University of Washington School of Public Health Undergraduate instruction Blog about policy urging pediatricians to integrate poverty concerns into regular care
April, 2016 Emergency Feeding Program Grant application Food
April, 2016 Hopelink Grant application for emergency food program Food
April, 2016 Solid Ground Grant application for housing stability program Housing
April, 2016 Sophia Way Grant application for Eastside Winter Shelter for Single Women Housing
April, 2016 Catholic Community Services Grant application for Volunteer Chore program Social support
April, 2016 Crisis Clinic Grant application for crisis line Social support, stress
April, 2016 Microsoft New England Blog Communities Count data trainings
March, 2016 PHSKC grant application Free and reduced-price meals
January, 2016 City of Bellevue 2015-2016 Human Services Needs Update for food and housing Basic Food (overall trend, trends by city for youth), WIC participation trend, low-income students by school district
January, 2016 City of Bellevue 2015-2016 Human Services Needs Update for supportive relationships Demographic disparities in social support, regional disparities in social cohesion, regional disparities in emotional support with childrearing, social support by couple relationship and children in household
January, 2016 City of Bellevue 2015-2016 Human Services Needs Update for safety Domestic violence in Eastside cities, accepted referrals to Child Protective Services
January, 2016 City of Bellevue 2015-2016 Human Services Needs Update for health Adults with no health insurance (by poverty, education, race/ethnicity, and gender), Stress (by region, race/ethnicity, primary language, income, education, and age)
January, 2016 City of Bellevue 2015-2016 Human Services Needs Update for education and job skills Children birth to age 5 in regular child care by region
January, 2016 City of Bellevue 2015-2016 Human Services Needs Update for refugees and immigrants Stress
January, 2016 City of Bellevue 2015-2016 Human Services Needs Update for children and youth Poverty by age, overweight/obesity
December, 2015 King County Executive Equity Dashboard Neighborhood social cohesion by region, race/ethnicity, country of birth, first language
October, 2015 King County Executive Equity Dashboard Income by race/ethnicity; food hardship
October, 2015 UW graduate student Student project Adverse Childhood Experiences
October, 2015 White Center Community Development Association Discrimination data for White Center or North Highline Discrimination
September, 2015 King County Office of Equity & Social Justice Preparation for Inter-branch team presentation Housing cost burden by race/ethnicity (current & trends), food bank visit trends, Basic Food trends, Youth Basic Food trends by cities, suburban poverty trends, on-time graduation for limited English facility, limited English facility by district, on-time graduation by district, poverty trends by race/ethnicity
August, 2015 King County Office of Equity & Social Justice Preparation for ESJ Annual Report data on income inequality Median household income (& trends) by race/ethnicity, poverty trends for all and children,  poverty trends by race/ethnicity, suburban poverty trends, housing cost burden by race/ethnicity; wealth by race/ethnicity; wealth gaps by race ethnicity
August, 2015 King County Demographer Presentation to King County Council's Transportation, Economy and Environment Committee Median income trends by race/ethnicity
July, 2015 Real Change Article on food insecurity Food bank visits, food hardship by race/ethnicity
June, 2015 King County Executive 2015 Governing for Racial Equity conference presentation Data and quotes on food hardship, food assistance, poverty, child care
June, 2015 City of Seattle Racial Equity Indicator Website Food hardship; infant mortality
May, 2015 City of Redmond Comprehensive plan update Social Cohesion and Enriching Activities
May, 2015 Upstream Public Health Inform Oregon state policymakers Effects on youth of citations for underage tobacco purchase (referred to tobacco policy SMEs)
April, 2015 UW graduate student Class project Tobacco use trends by income
April, 2015 King County Executive Reference data 15-year trend of on-time graduation
March, 2015 King County Office of Equity & Social Justice Twitter post Blog about Wall Street bonuses vs. low-wage earnings
February, 2015 King County Executive 2015 local food system infographic Poverty trends for children and all ages; food bank visits
February, 2015 King County Executive Executive Cabinet presentation Data and quotes on food hardship, food assistance, poverty
January, 2015 Communities of Opportunity Reference data Housing affordability
January, 2015 PHSKC Community Health Indicators Supply of living wage jobs; daily reading or telling stories to young children
January, 2015 Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI Franciscan Health)  Violence prevention work in SW King County Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)
January, 2015 Seattle Times Editorial highlighting local inequities on MLK’s birthday Median household income by race
January, 2015 King County Early Learning Network Poster for Early Learning Symposium Student homelessness
December, 2014 King County Youth Action Plan Task Force Early Childhood Outcomes Packet Student homelessness; accepted referrals to Child Protective Services
December, 2014 King County Youth Action Plan Task Force Middle Childhood Outcomes Packet Student homelessness; accepted referrals to Child Protective Services
December, 2014 King County Youth Action Plan Task Force Young Adult Outcomes Packet Teen births; student homelessness
November, 2014 King County Executive KC Equity & Social Justice Report, 2014 On-time graduation by race/ethnicity and district; median income by race/ethnicity; health insurance by age, race/ethnicity, gender, KC cities
November, 2014 UW graduate students MPH project Poverty, King County (1999, 2007, 2010, 2013)
November, 2014 UW graduate students MPH project Student homelessness
November, 2014 King County Office of Performance, Strategy & Budget The Determinants of Equity: Identifying indicators and establishing a baseline for equity in King County Reading to children by income, language, race/ethnicity; adverse childhood experiences by age, race/ethnicity, gender; on-time graduation by school district; living wage, minimum wage, 200% federal poverty; median household income by race/ethnicity; infant mortality by region; adults who ran out of food, children in household by income, race/ethnicity, region; low-income students by school district; basic food recipients by year; WIC participation by year; food bank visits by quarter of a year; release of toxic chemicals by region; social support by income, education, employment, race/ethnicity, gender, country of birth, language, region; neighborhood social cohesion by race/ethnicity, country of birth, first language, income, education, employment, region; renters and mortgage-holders with unaffordable housing by race/ethnicity; perceived safety by region, race/ethnicity, country of birth, first language, income, education, employment; FBI  index crime rate; homicide by race/ethnicity
November, 2014 United Way Community Snapshot of Basic Needs Food hardship by race/ethnicity
October, 2014 Healthy King County Coalition Communities of Opportunity application Obesity in King County; obesity in King County by income; tobacco; smoking by poverty; smoking by race/ethnicity; physical activity by eduction/income/employment; adults who ran out of food; King County food deserts
October, 2014 Mercy Housing Communities of Opportunity application Poverty by race/ethnicity in King County; health insurance; ACEs; Tobacco; Physical Activity; Food Security; Obesity
October, 2014 UW graduate students MPH class paper Health: summary and data highlights
Sept, 2014 Healthy King County Coalition's Schools and Early Learning Workgroup Fact sheet on disparities in access to healthy food and physical activity among KC youth Access to food; physical activity
September, 2014 LGBTQ Allyship and Entre Hermanos Background research LGBTQ data for King County
September, 2014 Northwest Kidney Center Program planning Health disparities in King County
July, 2014 King County Executive Executive Kitchen Cabinet Meetings on food Basic food trend; WIC participation trend; food bank visit trend; low-income students by school district; food hardship by race/ethnicity; food hardship by region; King County farmers’ market map; food insecurity, children & all ages; food hardship by income, education, employment
June, 2014 Asian Pacific Islander Coalition Against Tobacco Presentation at Healthy King County Coalition Tobacco use by income
June, 2014 King County Youth Action Plan Task Force Description of King County youth population and identification of key trends for Youth and Child Outcomes Strategy Team meeting Health; children in poverty; students with limited English facility; children served by Head Start & ECEAP; 10th graders meeting proficiency standards; on-time graduation; children with no health insurance; young adults with no health insurance; food hardship; physical activity in teens; teen obesity/overweight; teen births; teen tobacco use; teen binge drinking & alcohol use; motor vehicle accident hospitalization by age; homicide by age & gender; adult health outcomes by adverse childhood experiences; adverse childhood experiences by region; King County maps by region and health reporting area; student homelessness by school district
May, 2014 City of Tukwila Comprehensive Planning Median income; occupied housing units; renter-occupied housing units; percent and number of affordable housing units by city and income group
May, 2014 UW PhD student, College of Built Environment Class project looking at relationship between wellbeing and green spaces in Seattle Composite stress scores by ZIP code
April, 2014 Human Services Programs in East, North, and South King County Data sources for human services grant applicants Data on variety of topics to support grant applications
July, 2013 to April, 2014 PHSKC Community health Indicators Lack of health insurance (adults and children)
March, 2014 United Way United Way of King County Fiscal Year 2015 Key Racial Disparity Data Wealth by race/ethnicity, food hardship by children in household and race/ethnicity, unaffordable housing by race/ethnicity 
March, 2014 City of Seattle Racial Equity Community Survey Unaffordable housing by race/ ethnicity
March, 2014 King County Dept. of Natural Resources & Parks King County STAR community rating program

4th grade academic progress by school district; early education (%served by Head Start/ECEAP); commuting-trend by mode of transportation; neighborhood social cohesion

February, 2014 HealthPoint Federal grant

Behavioral health data for South King County cities of Tukwila, SeaTac, Renton; possibly also Des Moines, Kent.

February, 2014 Seattle Indian Health Board Program planning; grant writing

Mental health indicators (including excessive alcohol consumption) for adult AIAN

February, 2014 Seattle Public Librarian Patron research

Adolescent births among Seattle Public School Students

February, 2014 UW undergrad students Research project

Infant mortality

February, 2014  Seattle CityClub Greater Seattle Civic Health Index, 2014 Education; school community service; community organizations; discrimination
February, 2014 King County Executive State of the County Address: data for equity infographic

On-time graduation by race;ethnicity

On-time graduation by district

Median income by race/ ethnicity

Health Insurance by age, race, ethnicity, gender, and by King County cities.

January, 2014 City of Bellevue Human Services Needs Update

Employment benefits

Basic food caseloads

Food hardship by region

Health insurance (adults and children, multiple breakdowns)

Infant mortality by race/ethnicity

Stress by region, age, race/ethnicity, country of birth, income, education

Children in regularly scheduled child care

September, 2013 to January, 2014 PHSKC / Pacific Science Center “Race: Are We So Different?” exhibit at Pacific Science Center 

Wealth by race/ethnicity

Income by race/ethnicity
December, 2013 City of Seattle Office for Education Predict costs of Council’s universal pre-K proposal Percent of Seattle children in regular childcare 
October, 2013 King County Coalition on Racial Disproportionality Training and call-to-action among service providers who interact with children in child welfare system Infant mortality (Communities Count data were the only data showing outcomes)
October, 2013 Seattle Children’s Hospital CHNA Presentation, Adolescent Health in South King County  Teen births, on-time graduation, teen obesity & overweight, risk & protective factors, tobacco use
October, 2013 Seattle Children’s Hospital Community Benefit Implementation Plan Regional disparities in children w/out health insurance, teen obesity, & overweight 
September, 2013 Group Health Research Institute Community Health Needs Assessment Living wage income, living wage jobs, income disparities over time
August, 2013 African Americans Reach & Teach Health (AARTH) Grant application

Disabilty by race

Health insurance by race 
August, 2013 King County Executive Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation application (CMMI), partnering with UCLA, HealthPoint, & Neighborcare) Rentals affordable to very-low and moderate-income households for 4 King County communities
August, 2013 Eastside Pathways Baseline data Children eligible but not served by Head Start or ECEAP
July, 2013 City of Bellevue Needs Assessment Social support and emotional support with childrearing
July, 2013 CityClub Civic Health Index Social capital data from the "community" and "family" subtopics
June, 2013 King County Demographer Presentation to King County Office of Performance, Strategy & Budget Food desert map
June, 2013 City of Seattle's Office for Civil Rights RSJI presentations on racial equity toolkits to Seattle Music Commission, Seattle Center Exec Team, Seattle King County Asset Building Collaborative, Civil Rights 101 Workshop for Social Service Providers Income and wealth disparities
June, 2013 King County Executive Health & Human Services Transformation Plan

Adverse childhood experience scores by region

May, 2013 Eastside Pathways Baseline report Food insecurity, reading & telling stories to children; regular childcare (East Region; would have liked for Bellevue)
May, 2013 Slow Money Northwest RWJF funded project for potential investment opportunities to increase low-income children’s access to healthy food Access to healthy food, work supports update, and eligibility for Free & Reduced-Price Meal program
April, 2013 YWCA Broad community needs assessment for King County Health insurance, discrimination, and crime (particularly domestic violence)
March, 2013 Catholic Community Services Lobbying on behalf of the poor Focus on health and shelter, particularly free and reduced-priced meal, running out of food, basic food caseloads, households with unaffordable housing, renters and mortgage holders with unaffordable housing, poverty, and median household wealth
March, 2013 City of Renton Planning budget allocations Housing information
March, 2013 City of Kent Master Plan Several kinds of data (basic needs)
March, 2013 South Region Planners Meeting on housing targets Housing information
February, 2013 United States Environmental Protection Agency Environmental Justice Analysis for the Lower Duwamish Waterway Cleanup Income disparities in living near hazardous waste storage treatment/disposal facilities; food desert map.
February, 2013 City of Renton Comprehensive plan’s housing and human services element  Basic needs data, especially food and housing
February, 2013 United Way Volunteer ramp-up activities in Shoreline, Bothell, Kenmore, Lake Forest Park, Woodinville Data on volunteerism and community engagement in specific East and North KC ZIP codes
January, 2013 Antioch student in social marketing class Behavior-change campaign strategy to complement the federal menu-labeling law Obesity data
January, 2013 HealthPoint Board Retreat presentation Health status trends  for obesity
January, 2013 King County Tobacco Prevention  Define affordable housing for each King County region Affordable housing data
January, 2013 Real Change Director's Corner feature Affordable housing data
January, 2013 United Way Volunteer ramp-up activities in South KC Data on volunteerism and community service in South Region & Kent
2012 City of Bellevue Human Services Needs Assessment Broad range of data on vulnerable populations (living wage X household type, housing foreclosure, etc.); includes data on veterans
2012 City of Renton Shift funding priorities toward basic needs Basic needs data (primarily food and housing)
May, 2012 Seattle's Union Gospel Mission Linking food-insecure individuals & families with food banks Food insecurity data and current food bank map
April, 2012 City of Bellevue Gathering data for Eastside Pathways  Daily reading/telling stories to children in specific Bellevue ZIP codes
March, 2012 King County Executive KC AIMs High Teen Risk & Protection Factors
March, 2012 King County  Equity & Social Justice Report Median income by race/ethnicity; affordable housing by race
March, 2012 Just Action Seattle Data on inequity and health Request for CC data at smaller geographies, especially Duwamish Valley 
March, 2012 Puget Sound Health Alliance Data on health inequities Qualitative data from families raising young children
March, 2012 King County Community Services Performance Measurement Performance Measurement Trends on health measures and criminal activity
March, 2012 South King County Food Access Working Group Policy recommendations beyond short-term food-bank funding Food hardship data
February, 2012 Des Moines Food Bank Grant application Food adequacy analyses
February, 2012 PHSKC (at Children’s Alliance meeting) Professional communication with Undersecretary of the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Food adequacy data
February, 2012 Children's Alliance, United Way, and others Lobbying in Olympia on Hunger Action Day Food hardship data
February, 2012 The Road Map Project Baseline Technical Report for the Roadmap Project Daily reading/telling stories to children in South King County & South Seattle
January, 2012 Northwest Health Law Advocates (shared with Children’s Alliance & Washington CAN!) Advocating for the Federal Basic Health Option during the 2012 legislative session Qualitative data from families raising young children
January, 2012 PHSKC Community Benefit Team Seattle Children’s Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment Affordable housing; median family income by race/ethnicity
December 2011 City of Bellevue Human Services Needs Assessment Teen births
November 2011 City of Bellevue Human Services Needs Assessment; support for Eastside Pathways (“cradle to career” support program) Social support; coping and emotional support with child rearing; domestic violence; health insurance (disparities); stress (disparities)
November 2011 King County AIMs High AIMs High website update Perceptions of safety; traffic fatalities; major violent crime; toxic chemical releases (no new data available on this)
October 2011 King County's Department of Community and Human Services Funding proposal Living wage income
September 2011 Seattle City Council Passed Family Friendly Benefits Ordinance Family friendly benefits
January 2011 Puget Sound Educational Service District Community Assessments for ECEAP, Head Start, & Early Head Start King County ECEAP and Head Start data by school district
July 2009 Seattle Children's Hospital Community Health Needs Assessment Affordable housing
March 2009 Eastside Human Services Forum Education forum for policy-makers, planners, service providers, city & county staff, advocates, non-profits, community leaders, & general public East King County data on multiple indicators 
2008 CityClub 2008 Community Matters campaign Variety of Communities Count indicators
May 2008 City of Seattle City of Seattle Resolution Number 31060 (2008-10 Seattle Human Services Dept. Strategic Investment Plan Update) Food money lasting to end of the month
N/A b-sustainable.org Interactive website  
N/A City of Burien Early childhood development programs Community-specific school readiness data
N/A City of North Bend Increase support for youth programs Youth risk and protective factors
N/A City of Renton City Council Develop response to persistent discrimination  Discrimination
N/A Society of Vincent de Paul City of Renton Human Services funding  
N/A South King County partnership of WIC clinics, libraries, pediatricians, literary groups, & Public Health  Increase frequency of parents reading to children Daily reading/telling stories children 

 

Clickhere to see how Communities Count data were used in prior years:

In addition to the specific applications listed above, municipalities, foundations, and non-profit organizations rely on Communities Count as an essential resource for their everyday work. These include:

  • United Way, in their monthly newsletter and updates to community indicators.
  • King County, in their award-winning AIMS High benchmark website measuring the effectiveness of county government.
  • Cities of Renton and Bellevue, in their city planning efforts.
  • Several King County suburban cities, in their performance measurement work.
  • City Club, in various campaigns and programs.
  • The Seattle Foundation, in much of their work. Specific comments: The data and analysis provided a vital perspective on King County as the Foundation developed the Healthy Community report.   Furthermore, the monthly recession-linked data updates provided guidance in the Foundation’s efforts with the Building Resilience Initiative. The Foundation’s grantees continue to point to Communities Count as a reference for where to focus their efforts.
  • Contractors for ECEAP and grantees for Head Start and Early Head Start, in updating their Community Assessments of needs and strengths (every 3 years).