Our data team is passionate about making a real impact with data.
We inform our programming with data and the lived story to create understanding of the unique needs of a community. We analyze programs to find out what works best, and use advanced analytics to focus our efforts where they matter most by teaching others about data, offering workshops and easy-to-use resources. Our team is always exploring new, cost-effective ways to tackle challenges, working closely with local groups and experts. At the heart of everything we do is a strong commitment to keeping data safe and used responsibly. We’re here to make the power of data yours.
We incorporate the lived experience in analyses and data storytelling.
We make data more actionable by providing neighborhood level statistics allowing a deeper look at county populations by utilizing local partner data through data usage agreements.
Leverage years of experience and a robust toolbox, including R, Python, SAS, ArcGIS, SQL, AWS, Full Stack Dev, and Tableau with a startup approach: innovative, comfort in ambiguity, aim high, and fail fast.
$2.8 million in pro-bono data science support to frontline organizations in the Cape Fear Region
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Healthy Communities NC
The Healthy NC 2030 taskforce established a north star for localities and organizations to mobilize to accomplish North Carolina’s most pressing goals across housing, education, public health, and economic opportunity. Our Healthy Communities NC Dashboard enables alignment of community data collection and analysis to the Healthy NC 2030 initiative to empower shared hypothesis generation, goal setting, and program measurement.Learn More
Community Data Platform
The Community Data Platform (CDP) is a cloud-based AWS MySQL relational database containing over 1,500 tract-level community metrics ingested and cleaned from a variety of sources, including the Census Bureau, Annie E Casey Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and state and federal agencies. This collection allows researchers, nonprofits, and community organizations to peruse and freely download data providing a holistic view at community health.Learn More
Clinic Need Score
When Michael Jordan gifted $10 million to Novant Health to open two medical clinics in New Hanover County, Novant Health asked Cape Fear Collective to help ensure the clinics were placed in the areas of truest need. With private data from Novant Health, census tract-level public health data, and CFC’s proprietary Food Hardship Index, we developed a Clinic Need Score for each tract in New Hanover County to pin the areas that will benefit the most from the clinics. Novant Health’s site selection for both clinics was informed by the Clinic Need Score.
Food Hardship Score
Cape Fear Collective’s developed the Food Hardship Score to serve as a continuous measure of healthy food access at the neighborhood level, a previously unexplored granularity. Using this machine learning model-based estimate, the most severely affected census tracts can be identified, and communities on the cusp can be targeted for intervention before becoming food deserts. This index is an important input for many of our models and dashboards, such as the Clinic Need Score and the Healthy Communities Dashboard.Learn More
Smart Start Community Indicators
Smart Start partnered with Cape Fear Collective to launch Smart Start Community Indicators, a tool providing data on critical early childhood indicators at the county, local partnership, and census-tract level.Learn More
Cape Fear HOP
Cape Fear Collective has a data scientist full embedded in supporting Community Care of Lower Cape Fear’s implementation of the Cape Fear Healthy Opportunities Pilot (HOP). Through our partnership we support capacity estimates of the network to handle incoming HOP referrals and highlight areas of need to balance and improve coverage services.Learn More
Affordable Housing Ecosystem Map
Cape Fear Collective partnered with the Cape Fear Housing Coalition, and EcoMap Technologies to launch the Cape Fear Housing Map, an interactive online tool that provides information on over 245 resources across more than 150 organizations related to affordable housing units, funding opportunities, and programs. It is EcoMap’s first ever mapping an affordable housing ecosystem.Learn More
Inclusive Economy Report
The Inclusive Economy Report serves as a snapshot and compass check for the inclusivity of the Cape Fear region’s economy. It sheds light on potential steps our community can take to increase economic activity, widen economic participation in small business ownership and sustainable career paths, and build a more resilient community that can weather storms of all types.Learn More
CFC partnered with Impact Health to create an interactive map highlighting referral estimates, service capacity, and network adequacy of the Healthy Opportunities Pilot service providers and compared these indicators with community need. Impact Health is implementing the Pilot across 18-counties of Western NC.Learn More