Durham Children’s Data Center joins Made in Durham as evaluation partner

October 11, 2017

Made in Durham has contracted with the Durham Children’s Data Center to monitor and evaluate the partnership’s results and impact, ensuring data informs and drives its work to create an education-to-career system that serves all Durham youth.

“Data must inform our work if we’re to create systemic change that truly enhances the path of our young people,” said Made in Durham Executive Director Meredythe Holmes.

The Durham Children’s Data Center, part of Duke University’s Center for Child and Family Policy, within the Sanford School of Public Policy, was created in 2015 in partnership with the Durham County Manager’s Office, Durham Public Schools and Durham Partnership for Children. The center collaborates with Durham community leaders to identify important public policy questions for which the community seeks answers, identify administrative data files that can be examined to answer these questions, and complete research briefs for community leaders.

Center Director Beth Gifford and her team are working with Made in Durham staff to develop a strategy, process and systems for evaluating the partnership’s initiatives and the impact of its work on key indicators of success. They are starting by developing a baseline report of graduation rates, employment, and court involvement of Durham youth.

Made in Durham is a community partnership of educators, business, government, nonprofits and young people mobilized around a shared vision that all of Durham’s youth will complete high school and a post-secondary credential and begin a rewarding career by the age of 25. Learn more at www.madeindurham.org.

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