Using data – numbers AND stories – to support your applicationFocus on the story you want to tell; match the data to your story.
- State the NEED and INEQUITIES in the community where you work. Support your need statement with data, from the resources listed here or from data your organization already has.
- Who? Describe the population experiencing this need; highlight inequities. Specify ages and other community characteristics.
- Where? Which neighborhood? Which school? What city?
- What? Describe how you will address the needs you’ve identified.
- Describe the possible benefits of MEETING this need.
- If possible, show your organization’s CAPACITY to meet this need, highlighting potential to impact equity, using:
- Data on past performance, if available.
- Stories from current/previous clients.
- Statement about staff, budget, expertise, other capacity measures.
Use non-numerical data effectively. Support numbers with stories, maps, and other non-numerical data to provide context for your proposal. Example 1: Pair data on the percentage of individuals experiencing barriers to quality care with testimonials from patients with problems finding healthcare providers. Example 2: Supplement data on physical inactivity in a school district with a map showing limited access to parks & trails.
EXAMPLE A - Finding data to support a need to address gun safety:
- At Community Health Indicators, Violence and Injury Prevention, the “Firearms-related deaths” indicator shows disparities by age, gender, race/ethnicity, neighborhood poverty, and geography (regions and cities/neighborhoods).
- The Appendix for 2016 City Health Profiles shows 6 King County cities/neighborhoods with above-average rates of firearms in the home. Two of these also have above-average suicide rates; and one has a higher-than average homicide rate. You might check City Health Profiles and School District Health Profiles for more detailed information about these communities.
EXAMPLE B - Finding data to support a need to address food insecurity:
- Communities Count shows increasing food hardship disparities by ethnicity and disability, as well as starkly different trends in Basic Food participation across King County cities.
EXAMPLE C - Finding data to support the need to address family homelessness:
- Communities Count shows 7 school years of student homelessness data by school district, with both numbers and percentages, plus distributions by grade levels and accommodation types.
- Best Starts for Kids Indicators shows that only 49% of King County homeless students graduate from high school on-time.