Thursday, January 31, 2008

#44: U.S. Census Bureau Tool Kit for Grant Writers

Here's a handy guide to working with census data that you might want to bookmark.

I often forget just how much information is available and in how many different ways. And, strangely enough, it never occurred to me that they would have people available to help me find just the data I need. (Each regional office has Partnership and Data Services staff to answer our questions.) I always thought of them as the big data bank in the sky!

U.S. Census Bureau Faith Based Tool Kit: "Faith-Based and Community Initiatives Tool Kit


The United States Census Bureau is the leading source of quality data about our nation's people and economy. While the Census Bureau is not a funding agency, it does provide information needed for grant proposals and Federal fund distributions. This tool kit is intended to provide a simple, easy approach to obtaining Census information for grant writing and community needs assessment.


Anonymous said...

We wrote a post on the subject of finding data and integrating it in a needs assessment. The latter is harder than the former, but knowing how to use Census data certainly makes the writing faster.

Ruth Wahtera said...

Thanks for sharing your post, Jake. The dilemma I always have to think through when I'm writing a needs assessment that paints a dismal picture is -- if this agency or coalition is so good, why is the problem still so bad. But, where there's a will there's a way! That's why they pay us the big (!) bucks, eh?