The Omaha Community Foundation has launched a new, comprehensive platform to house its data indicator project, The Landscape. The community-driven data project presents credible, comprehensive findings to better understand key quality of life issues for the Omaha-Council Bluffs area and inspire action.
The Landscape can now be found on the Foundation’s website at omahafoundation.org/research, where it provides easily accessible data collected from more than 25 public sources in eight priority areas: Health, Safety, Workforce, Civic Engagement, Housing, Transportation, Education, and Arts & Culture.
The updated site offers an enhanced user-experience with interactive graphs, more inclusive data in 38 indicators, and new opportunities to find in-depth research within each of the policy areas. In addition, data points in seven of the eight focus areas have been updated.
New findings include:
- The rates of homelessness in our community have almost doubled between 2015 and 2019.
- The median wage gap has grown 18% between people who are white and people of color since 2015.
- Local voter turnout continues to rise and recent turnout rates have increased by over 24%, putting us above the national average.
“The goal of this project is to empower and engage the community and various stakeholders with public data to help explore how we can come together collectively to address systemic challenges and opportunities throughout the Omaha-Council Bluffs region,” Donna Kush, President and CEO of OCF said. “We’re excited to launch our new, more interactive site with the community as we continue to better understand how our collaborative investments can generate impact and expand opportunity for all.”
By combining comprehensive, publicly available data with insight and knowledge from nonprofits and residents, the Landscape is a community resource, originally launched in 2016, that can help set priorities, identify areas for collaboration, and inform decision-making on investments. It also encourages shared learning and understanding across the community.
To learn more and explore the site, visit omahafoundation.org/research.
The Omaha Community Foundation is proud to help good grow in Omaha by helping more than 2,000 fundholders facilitate their philanthropic giving. Since the Foundation’s inception in 1982, donors have granted $2 billion to nonprofits, supporting more than 3,000 local organizations. For more information visit omahafoundation.org.