Demographic Data in Community Assessment
Students answer the question, "What makes your community distinctive? " Each student, or group of students, is assigned to a local community. Students work with a number of local, state, and national websites as they gather information for a community assessment, utilizing the Community-as-Partner model. Demographic data including age, race, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, occupation, and marital status are collected. The collected data compare local findings with state and national findings. Students learn about their assigned community based on how it compares with state and national data. Students create a graph utilizing the nesting (local, state and national) statistics, and use the information gathered to help identify needs in the community.
2. Students will develop/refine skills to access and interpret web-based population data.
3. Students will create an Excel graph including the local, state and national data for their assigned topic.
4. Students will be more confident in charting data using Excel.
5. Students will be able to apply these skills in other course projects.
Context for Use
Description and Teaching Materials
- Choose a local community
- Utilize websites to determine the age, race, ethnicity, income, occupation, unemployment, and educational attainment of: the community, state in which the community is located, and the US. Some helpful websites include:
- Univ. of Michigan Statistical Resources on the Web : Major listing of health statistics from federal and state sources
- US Census Data : US census data from 2000 with some projections for the future (next census in 2010). Info available down to the town or zip code level
- World Health Organization statistical information service: Can download tables with morbidity and mortality figures from 193 countries
- State Health Facts : Funded by the Kaiser Family Foundation, has a 50 States comparisons tool
- Create a table with the demographic data for the areas listed in #2 for the community, state and the US.
- Create an Excel graph that illustrates the data that you have gathered in a visual display.
- Answer the following questions: 1)What do the nesting statistics tell you about your community? 2)What are 3 observations that may be made based on the data? What are 3 things that you would like to know about your community based on your observations?