Data & Research

Imagine Forsyth exists to help organizations better communicate and collaborate to improve outcomes in our community. A key component to better communication across organizations is access to a wide range of data, research, assessment, and evaluation. To meet this need, Imagine Forsyth maintains dedicated data and research staff capacity, with a goal of providing a consistent, ongoing, data-based feedback loop of community progress across our four focus areas.


Community Indicators

Indicators are the specific measures that Imagine Forsyth tracts in our community. Indicators pull from a variety of different data sources and their validity is typically supported in academic literature.

Imagine Forsyth’s Indicators

Imagine Forsyth will publish its first cycle of community indicators in spring, 2018. The following indicators have been selected for each focus area:

Food Access

Food Access: The food access indicator measures individual respondents perceived burden or difficulty accessing healthy food options.

Food Cost Burden: The food cost burden measures individual respondents’ perceived food access burden related to healthy food options.

Healthy Food Consumption: Individual respondents daily intake of fruits and vegetables as compared to the recommended daily serving suggestion by the American Heart Association.

Income & Employment

Unemployment: The rate of able-bodied individuals currently unemployed (Census Tract Data).

Income Shortfalls: The rate of individuals not having sufficient income to cover living expenses.


Health & Wellness

Healthy Food Consumption: Individual respondents’ daily intake of fruits and vegetables in accordance with the recommended daily serving suggestion by the American Heart Association

Health Satisfaction: The rate of self-reported satisfaction with overall physical health.

Mental Health and Wellness: The rate of self-reported satisfaction with overall mental health and wellness.

Chronic Disease Management: The rate of self-reported presence of hypertension and or diabetes in household members.

Health Access: The rate of self-reported access to health care (considers quality and efficiency).



Housing & Neighborhood

Housing Cost Burden: The rate of self-reported housing cost of 30% or more of the individual/household income.

Housing Satisfaction: The rate of self-reported satisfaction with physical condition of housing.

Safety: Non-violent crime rate (reported quarterly)

Housing Stability: Housing code violations (reported quarterly); eviction rates



System Services Mapping

A system services map is a thorough, detailed catalog of all of the organizations, programs, and initiatives and their services or practices within a particular focus area. It is designed to be visual, clear, and concise with a goal of providing a simplified perspective of the cumulative work being done. It is intended to be updated a regular intervals.

For example, a food access service system map for a neighborhood might include all of the neighborhood’s soup kitchens, food pantries, and community gardens.

Imagine Forsyth plans to release its first system services map for Boston-Thurmond and Greater Cleveland Avenue in spring, 2018.


Imagine Forsyth Reports

2017 Boston-Thurmond Survey Report (coming spring 2018)

2017 Greater Cleveland Avenue Survey Report (coming spring 2018)

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