Community Data Requests

Forsyth Futures’ data request services provide critical support for community organizations to better understand the context of their activities; the insights gained through data requests are important tools that can help organizations optimize their impact. Forsyth Futures receives generous community funding to offer free data request services to community groups, under certain conditions described below.

Community data requests represent a range of services that are available to organizations in Forsyth County:

  • Data Source Referral: The request for data is appropriately satisfied by referring the requester to an external data source. Data source referrals may include some personalized data education and consultation.
  • Small Scale Request: The request for data is appropriately satisfied by pulling together a small range of information and sending to the requester informally, typically via email. Data points repeatedly requested through small scale requests are may publicly available on our Reference Data page.
  • Custom Data Request Report: Forsyth Futures makes roughly 100 hours of staff time available each month to fulfill data requests free of charge to the community. Data requests are considered on a case-by-case basis and Forsyth Futures’ staff use their discretion in deciding which requests are eligible for free service. In making these decisions, staff will consider such factors as ability to pay, total volume of current requests, and the potential for the request to have a positive community impact. Custom data request reports are often made publicly available on our Forsyth Futures’ Reports page.
  • Special Issue Study: When the scope and complexity of a data request exceed what can reasonably be accommodated through a custom data request report, the request is no longer eligible for consideration as a free service. If an engagement at this scale is desired, it must be approached as a separate fee-for-service project. Special Issue Studies are cataloged on the Forsyth Futures’ Reports page.

 

Eligibility

Forsyth Futures receives financial support to offer a range data request services to the community at no charge, under the eligibility conditions described below. Each month, 100 hours to allocated to this cause.

Who is Eligible?

Non-profit organizations and community groups in Forsyth County. In some limited cases, for-profit businesses may be eligible, if the request can be clearly and directly shown to be necessary for an endeavor that will have significant positive community impact.

Data requests are considered on a case-by-case basis; Forsyth Futures staff use their discretion in determining when a data request can be offered at no cost. The following factors are considered by staff when making these determinations:

  • Ability to Pay: a higher priority is generally afforded to smaller organizations with relatively limited operating budgets.
  • Volume of Requests: during high-volume cycles (typically in months preceding grant review cycles), staff may delay or decline a data request, by necessity. Community groups are strongly encouraged to submit requests well in advanced around these times.
  • Potential for Positive Community Impact: Staff give strong preference to requests with clearly articulated potential to generate positive community impact.

 

Submit a Request

To make a request for data request support, email Info@ForsythFutures.org.