Aligning with Partners

Community Data & Resources

The Frey Foundation is eager to share our experience and resources with others, providing research, data, and other metrics to help guide decisions and investments in the broader community. We’ve gathered a number of data sources and reports on key topics below, but please feel free to reach out if our expertise, findings, or community connections can be of help to you.

Arts Resources

Arts & Social Impact Explorer

Americans for the Arts

Americans for the Arts has created an online research tool that compiles and categorizes a large body of evidence on the social impacts of the arts. The “Arts and Social Impact Explorer” is structured as a pinwheel divided into 26 different sectors. Users can click on a sector to download a brief fact sheet containing a research summary, links to several case studies, and a list for further reading.

Arts Vibrancy Index Report

SMU Data Arts

SMU DataArts assess arts vibrancy across the country by analyzing four measures under each of three main rubrics: supply, demand, and public support for arts and culture on a per capita basis. It gauges supply as total arts providers, demand with measures of total nonprofit arts dollars in the community, and public support as state and federal arts funding. The report has been updated and published annually since 2015. A 2021 report was not released due to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community.

Arts Vibrancy Index Map

SMU Data Arts

SMU DataArts assess arts vibrancy across the country by analyzing four measures under each of three main rubrics: supply, demand, and public support for arts and culture on a per capita basis. It gauges supply as total arts providers, demand with measures of total nonprofit arts dollars in the community, and public support as state and federal arts funding. The report has been updated and published annually since 2015. A 2021 report was not released due to the impact of COVID-19 on the arts community.

Early Childhood Resources

2023 Kids Count In Michigan

Michigan League for Public Policy

Kids Count in Michigan, led by Michigan League for Public Policy, is part of a broad national effort to measure the well-being of children at the state and local levels, and use that information to shape efforts to improve the lives of children. The data book has been produced since 1992.

Analyzing Gaps in Early
Childhood Services and
Funding in Kent County

First Steps Kent

First Steps Kent published an updated early childhood gap analysis in November 2017. It provides a scan of the capacity of the early childhood landscape in Kent County to identify where gaps in services and funding exist.

Child Care: A Critical Need
in Michigan

Michigan League for Public Policy

In partnership with Think Babies Michigan, Michigan League for Public Policy released a report in March 2021 on the state of child care in Michigan and by county. Child care in Michigan continues to be a critical need. High costs and low availability persist throughout the state, with families with low and middling incomes having the fewest options for care.

Data Dashboard

KConnect

KConnect led a collaborative effort to identify eight success measures spanning the prenatal to career continuum as well as 27 indicators or critical levers of change. This is outlined in the workplan and local metrics are tracked, disaggregated and shared on the data dashboard.

Workplan

KConnect

KConnect led a collaborative effort to identify eight success measures spanning the prenatal to career continuum as well as 27 indicators or critical levers of change. This is outlined in the workplan and local metrics are tracked, disaggregated and shared on the data dashboard.

Kent County ECE Study

IFF

IFF, with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, published Split by More Than the Grand River in 2023. The report examines the early childhood education (ECE) landscape across Kent County, Michigan, and quantifies the access to ECE programs for infants/toddlers and preschoolers. This is an update to the initial assessment completed in 2018.