Why Chelan-Douglas Trends?
Our Goal: To Democratize Data
Chelan Douglas Trends seeks to improve local, public decision making by providing relevant data in an easily navigable website. The data are offered as neutral information for all parties involved in public policy issues.
More specifically, the goals are:
- To collect and share a broad spectrum of information to support informed decision making by individual community members, governmental policy makers, non-governmental organizations, businesses, researchers and the press.
- To benchmark Chelan Douglas Trends against Washington State trends or other comparable communities to better understand our strengths and opportunities.
- To enable analysis of these trends.
One of the challenges of developing the Chelan Douglas Trends site is the regional nature of the many communities we serve. Over 200 community volunteers participated in 16 focus groups to determine the top indicators in each category. In determining which data sets would be used, the following guidelines were followed:
- Selected by members of the community
- Valid measurements defined by good science and social science
- Can be benchmarked to Washington State trends or similar sized communities
- Available repeatedly over time to allow trend analysis
- Sourced from credible sites
Chelan-Douglas Trends is Not:
- A community indicators site with the objective of ranking the most pressing needs within Chelan & Douglas Counties. The objective of the Chelan Douglas Trends is to collect and publish relevant data for the benefit of our communities. We leave it up to the citizens to access and apply the information according to their individual value judgment.
- A community dashboard that gives a ranking to each data series as to its importance and whether the trend is positive or negative.
- A pre-determined set of data to promote certain views about Chelan & Douglas Counties.
- A way to provide strategies to deal with issues identified by the data.
A Process, not a Product
The Chelan Douglas Trends initiative is as much a process as a product. Focus groups around each trend category continue to meet to determine opportunities for improvement and community goal setting based on real time data. We encourage you to get involved in your community! Please take advantage of our feedback box to give us your thoughts and help us to continue to improve this site!
The website development team is a cooperative effort of two groups from Eastern Washington University (EWU): The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis and the Center for Digital Media Design and Development.
The Institute for Public Policy and Economic Analysis is a multi-college program at EWU. The Institute, staff and students, gathered the statistical data, wrote the explanations & designed this site. They have created several other similar indicator websites for Spokane County, Grant County, Chelan and Douglas Counties, three counties in Northeast Washington, Kootenai County ID, and Fresno County, CA. The Institute's Director is Dr. Patrick Jones. Scott Richter is the Community Indicators Manager at the Institute. Brian Kennedy is the Institute's Data Analyst. Connor Gagnon is the Institutes research assistant, recently replacing Elizabeth Backstrom and E.B. Vodde. Eduardo Bringold is the Institute's student data analyst assistant, recently replacing Sam Wolkenhauer and Andrew Frazier.
The Center for Digital Media Design and Development (Center) is a collaborative extension of EWU's Departments of Computer Science and Engineering & Design. Development projects for campus and off-campus clients give students the opportunity to apply their skills in a real-world experience The Center is directed by Dr. Linda Kieffer (509.359.7093). Dr. James Braukmann previously directed the Center, and contributed to this and the other indicator projects.
The goal of a university is the graduation of its students; therefore, our team is constantly changing as our students graduate.
Rachel Allison is the current student designer. Sara Weinand, Zach Daley, Katie Lilly, Katheryn Sande, Beth Karper, Rachel Clabaugh, Heather Bakker, and Kate Yates were our previous designers who contributed to this and the other indicator websites.
Kandyce Moore is the current programmer. Tyson Miller, Melissa Mewhinney and Bryan Hilmer were our previous programmers.