Our Work

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Reflections From Mile High Data Day 

As part of its commitment to pioneering a data-driven culture in Colorado’s social sector, The Piton Foundation’s Data Initiative, recently convened metro Denver’s data community for the first annual Mile High Data Day. More than 120 representatives from across the region attended the daylong event, which provided an opportunity to build relationships, share best practices, learn from experts and strengthen partnerships between social change and data organizations. In addition to the Data Initiative, Mile High Day Day’s key partners included Mile High Connects, University of Colorado Denver, the Denver Regional Council of Governments, and OpenColorado.

If you didn't have the opportunity to attend Mile High Data Day, or you are an attendee who wants to revist parts of the event, visit our homepage for videos, presentations and other resources. 

Colorado’s Youngest: A Profile of the 0-5 Population

In an effort to provide more insight into Colorado’s early childhood landscape, the Data Initiative just released the first in a series of briefs about Colorado’s youngest children. "Colorado’s Youngest: A Profile of the 0-5 Population" is a demographic profile of children born in the last five years in Colorado, with a specific emphasis on metro Denver. The brief takes an in-depth look at vulnerable births and additional indicators that represent the development of young children.  Accompanying the brief is an interactive story map that allows users to view additional data and explore neighborhood level maps. 

Updated Community Facts Tool 

 After nearly a year of planning and development, the Data Initiative is excited to announce that the updated Community Facts tool is now live! This updated version of Community Facts is the first web-based application that was created with the Data Initiative's newly expanded, 7-county regional view. By offering free, neighborhood-level data for the Denver metro region, Community Facts is able to provide data and analysis about the health and well being of metro Denver's families and communities, helping to support community change initiative across the region. Explore the updated Community Facts tool.

Housing's Impact on Local Government Finance

A new case study released by the Data Initiative and the Colorado Futures Center at Colorado State University explores how Adams County is being impacted by, and is attempting to deal with, its increasing number of housing-challenged residents. As more Colorado households at every income level struggle to afford housing, this report attempts to better understand the fiscal impact the decline in affordable housing is having on local governments across the state. A condensed overview of the Adams County case study is available here.

The study is part of a larger report on the economic impact of housing construction that was commissioned by a coalition of housing and community development partners, including Housing Coloradothe Colorado Municipal LeagueColorado State Universitythe Home Builders Association of Metro Denverthe Metro Denver Economic Development CorporationMile High Connects and The Piton Foundation.

After viewing the Adams County study, a group of elected officials commissioned the Data Initiative to replicate this research for additional counties, including El Paso, Jefferson, La Plata, Mesa and Weld.

Colorado Data Engine

In partnership with The Denver Foundation, we led the creation of an open source hub that unlocks neighborhood-scale public data in a standardized, geo-located format, putting the power of information to work for individuals and organizations that advance change. Users can download data sets, upload their own data and create applications for the common good. Explore the Colorado Data Engine.

Denver Regional Equity Atlas

In partnership with the Denver Regional Council of Governments and Mile High Connects, we co-directed the development of a tool that raises awareness about the benefits and opportunities of a robust public transit network. Users have the ability to create maps that depict the region’s major origins and destinations in relation to the current and future transit network, and they can generate reports on demographics, economics and other regional data. Explore the Denver Regional Equity Atlas.

Neighborhood Delineation Tool

We are very interested in understanding what defines a community. When developing the updated, geographically-expanded Community Facts tool, we created a classification scheme that analyzes data with statistical process and spatial analysis to delineate neighborhood boundaries for the seven-county metro region. This tool allows residents and community members to provide feedback on the neighborhood boundaries we’ve identified. Through this tool, users can build neighborhoods with census tracts, or give names to neighborhoods we’ve already drafted. Explore the neighborhood delineation tool.