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General questions

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Can I use this data for research purposes or in written reports?
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Absolutely! These data are for public use.

If you cite data found here, please use the following citation format:

[Source found on indicator page]. Downloaded from Facts Matter [Date].

If you use the data for research, in a report or publication, we would love to hear about it!  Please fill out the form below and tell us how it was used.





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Depending on availability, presentations can be made to community groups and organizations. Please submit your request through the form below.





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Who decides what topics to cover?
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Facts Matter currently displays data related to The State of the Community and the Bold Goals.  The inclusion of additional data is governed by the Facts Matter Advisory Council.

Questions about data

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Where are the data collected from?
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The source for each indicator is different and is noted on each indicator page. If you have additional questions about the source, please contact us.

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How can I download the data?
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There is an option to download data on each indicator page.  By clicking the link, an excel spreadsheet will begin to download.

If you do not have Excel installed on your device, you can access Microsoft Online here to use a free, online version of Excel.

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Who collects and analyzes the data?
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The data are collected and analyzed by the Community Research Collaborative and partner organizations.

Q:
Why are some of the data several years old?
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Sometimes the most recent data available are several years old.

The lag time between collection and being made publicly available is different for each indicator.  Some sources release data one year after collection and are released every year (American Community Survey, Current Population Survey).  Others have a several year lag before data are made available (GDP). In addition, some indicators are not collected on an annual basis. Each indicator is updated as soon as possible once data have been publicly released.

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How often will the data be updated?
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Each indicator has a different publication schedule. However, you can expect most data to be updated once a year. Data will be posted to the website as soon as possible after it is publicly released.