Forsyth Futures’ Reports
Forsyth Futures’ reports provide a window of deeper understanding into the dynamics of complex community challenges. Over the past decade, the Forsyth Futures team has produced more than 18 reports that have illuminated our shared understanding of a broad range of issues. The table below provides contextual information about and links to Forsyth Futures’ published reports. A list below the table describes the various types of reports that Forsyth Futures produces.
|Asset Mapping||Emergency Food Assistance Efforts in Forsyth County||2014||View Report|
|Asset Mapping||Compendium of Food Pantry Hours By Zip Code||2014||View Report|
|Asset Mapping||Forsyth County Faith-Based Community Organizations||2013||View Report|
|Special Issue Study||Understanding Access to Health Care||2014||View Report|
|Special Issue Study||Forsyth County Community Food System||2013||View Report|
|Collective Impact||The Forsyth Promise 2014 Community Report||2014||View Report|
|Making Progress Report||Making Progress Report: Children Ready for School 2013||2013||View Report|
|Making Progress Report||Making Progress Report: Electoral Participation 2013||2013||View Report|
|Making Progress Report||Making Progress Report: Homelessness 2013||2013||View Report|
|Making Progress Report||Making Progress Report: Environmental Sustainability 2012||2012||View Report|
|Making Progress Report||Making Progress Report: Physical & Mental Health 2012||2012||View Report|
|Making Progress Report||Making Progress Report: Economic Self-Sufficiency 2011||2011||View Report|
|Making Progress Report||Making Progress Report: Educational Success 2011||2011||View Report|
|Collective Impact||Age Friendly Forsyth 2017 Community Report||2017||View Report|
|Data Request||Demographic And Work Force Data Request||2016||View Report|
|Data Request||Demographic Shifts in Forsyth County, 1990-2010||2013||View Report|
|Special Issue Study||Forsyth County Poverty Study Executive Summary||2017||View Report|
|Special Issue Study||Forsyth County Poverty Study - Presentation without Annotations||2017||View Report|
Indicator Reports are not listed in the table above; they can be found here.
Types of Reports
Based on principles of Asset Based Community Development, Forsyth Futures’ asset mapping reports seek to explore and catalog community assets within a specific sector or for a specific purpose. These reports often serve as the basis for deeper research or new indicators.
Collective Impact Reports
Collective Impact Initiatives convene wide ranges of community stakeholders to collaborate in catalyzing systems-level positive change. Forsyth Futures serves as a backbone data partner for several of these initiatives in Forsyth County: Age Friendly Forsyth (focused on improving outcomes for older adults), Imagine Forsyth (focused on improving food access and health and wellness outcomes across Forsyth County), and The Forsyth Promise (focused on improving educational outcomes in Forsyth County). These initiatives frequently publish community update reports.
Forsyth Futures provides free data request services for some Forsyth County non-profit organizations who need specific information to inform their program planning, grant writing, and / or resource allocation activities. When these community data requests culminate in published reports, they are made publicly available. Learn more.
Indicators are measures of community performance that provide insight into how well or poorly Forsyth County is doing from a human wellbeing perspective. Indicators serve the important function of alerting a community to changing conditions. These changes may be good (for example, an increasing high school graduation rate), bad (deteriorating air quality), or ambiguous. Community indicators are most effective at communicating change — less so at illuminating why conditions are changing or even what we, collectively, should do about it. Deeper investigation is often required to address these complex questions. Learn More.
Forsyth Futures’ Making Progress Reports serve as a tool to inform Forsyth County, N.C., residents about current issues, conditions, and trends in six areas: Educational Success, Economic Self-Sufficiency, Mental and Physical Health, Environmental Sustainability, Safety, and Community Engagement. The last Making Progress Report was published in 2013; moving forward these reports were called Indicator Reports.
Special Issue Studies
While projects like asset mapping reports or indicators help us identify and catalog community assets and challenges, special issue studies provide deeper context and understanding, helping to illuminate complex relationships and / or clear areas for community action.