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  1. Youth Topics
  2. Violence Prevention
  3. Strategic Planning Toolkit for Communities
  4. Strategic Planning Toolkit: Step 2

Strategic Planning Toolkit: Step 2

Checklist: Gathering & Using Data Strategically

Data Collection and Initial Analysis

  • Current youth violence research reviewed.
  • Data analysis work group designated.
  • Recent local data obtained from multiple sources.
  • Data assessed for trends, relevance to plan development.
  • Plan made to address data sharing obstacles.

Data Review and Analysis (Steering Committee)

  • Findings, trends, interpretations discussed.
  • New data needs identified, addressed Review and analysis discussions completed.

Step 2: Gather & Use Data Strategically

After building partnerships and raising community awareness, cities will need to engage in a serious data analysis effort.

Informed decision-making must be data-driven, so this phase is critical to the development of a successful youth violence prevention plan. The more complete the data profile from all of the agencies, organizations, and systems represented in a city’s youth violence prevention efforts, the more informed the decisions will be.

To be truly comprehensive, the Forum recommends that a community’s strategy for data sharing include all stakeholder agencies and integrate a wide range of data from a variety of sources, including—but not limited to—law enforcement, education, public health, child protection/welfare, and public housing.