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More than 150 leaders from United Way for Southeastern Michigan’s agency and community partners to gain insight on the use of statistics for enhancing the delivery of safety net services in a free data symposium entitled, Thought Leaders United: Data Discussion and Collaboration. Presented by United Way, in partnership with Detroit Metropolitan Area Communities Study and University of Michigan’s Poverty Solutions, the symposium takes place on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Larry K. Lewis Education Building on the campus of Wayne County Community College District’s, located at 8200 W. Outer Drive in Detroit.

More than a year ago, United Way began organizing monthly meetings with funded and non-funded agency presidents and program leaders to glean how the organization could offer support beyond just the giving of grants. Technical assistance around the use of data was among the top need requested, and the symposium is a first step toward addressing that need.

The Data Discussion and Collaboration symposium will feature breakout sessions with topics to include How to Access Useful Data and How to Research Grants. The symposium will also feature roundtable discussions and Kurt Metzger, United Way research consultant and founder, Data Driven Detroit, will share results of a recent tri-county United Way community survey to demonstrate how data may inform community impact. Longtime Detroit community activists and nonprofit executives including Maggie DeSantis (Building the Engine of Community Development); Alice Thompson (Black Family Development) will be in attendance.

“It is important that we deepen our interactions with community agencies to better meet the needs of those we serve,” says Donna Satterfield, vice president, community impact, United Way for Southeastern Michigan. “This symposium aims to leverage the organization’s data capabilities and strengthen partnerships among service delivery agencies to more collaboratively and effectively change lives for the better and for the long haul.”

For more information about United Way for Southeastern Michigan, visit www.UnitedWaySEM.org

About United Way for Southeastern Michigan

For more than 100 years, United Way for Southeastern Michigan has mobilized the caring power of the community. United Way convenes partners throughout Macomb, Oakland and Wayne Counties to achieve positive outcomes around Health, Education, and Economic Prosperity to improve lives in measurable and lasting ways. Supported by a diverse group of volunteers from business, labor, government, human services, education and the community, United Way provides opportunities for everyone to get involved through giving, advocating and volunteering. For more information, visit www.UnitedWaySEM.org.

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