Measuring Impact

Fostering understanding through data


When data tells a story


The Community Foundation for Greater Atlanta seeks to advance equity through opportunity for all residents in our region. We inspire philanthropy to fund efforts and nonprofits that are committed to increasing the vitality of our region and the well-being of all residents.

Why? While many in the Atlanta region are thriving, the trends for many more tell us we must do better. We believe in the importance of data to speak fact and – taken in context and infused with real life experience, are the power behind powerful, smart planning and decision-making.

That’s why we have selected the seven measures below – they are all important indicators of community prosperity, strength and vitality. We are not alone in this work and have many collaborators and partners. Click on each to learn more or see a story about each measure’s importance.


Equity of Opportunity Measures


Measures


Low weight babies
Why is this measure important?

  • Babies born with a low birthweight are at greater risk for lower educational achievement, lower college attendance and a higher likelihood of health problems. Because of this, it is viewed as a predictor of long-term socioeconomic status.

What other partners are using this measure?

  • United Way Child Well-being Index

By the numbers:

Data source: Georgia Department of Public Health, Office of Health Indicators for Planning (OHIP), OASIS Web Query Tool, 2015-2017, https://oasis.state.ga.us/

Click here to read a story about a grant to the Center for Black Women’s Wellness to support family planning.

 

Third grade reading
Why is this measure important?

  • Quality early childhood education sets the foundation for a child’s readiness to learn, impacting their later success in school and life.
  • Students reading at 3rd grade reading level are more likely to graduate from high school, have higher lifetime literacy rates and are less likely to be incarcerated.

What other partners are using this measure?

  • Georgia Early Education Alliance for Ready Students (GEEARS)
  • Learn4Life
  • United Way Child Well-being Index

By the numbers: Third Grade Reading statistics in metro Atlanta

Data source: GOSA, 2017-2018 Georgia Milestones EOG report

The story behind the data:

Click here to read a story about Scottdale Child Development Center, which provides quality early childhood education to children in our region.

High school graduation
Why is this measure important?

  • High school graduates have better health outcomes, lower incarceration rates and earn more over a lifetime than those who do not graduate.
  • Quality youth development from the age of 5 to 18 deepen youth’s connections to school and community, build self-esteem and improve skills and readiness for college and career.

What other partners are using this measure?

  • Learn4Life
  • United Way Child Well-being Index

By the numbers: High School Graduation rates in metro Atlanta

Data source: GOSA, 2017-2018 Graduation Rate (4-Year Cohort)

The story behind the data:

Click here to read a story about Future Foundation, an organization leveling the playing field for metro Atlanta youth by creating a Second Family who serves as a support system and broadens access to opportunities.

Post secondary completion
Why is this measure important?

  • People with a post-secondary degrees and/or certifications have greater access to employment opportunities, increased lifetime earnings, and greater health outcomes.
  • What other partners are using this measure?Learn4Life
  • United Way Child Well-being Index

By the numbers:

Data source: GOSA, 2017 High School Graduate Outcomes Dashboard, Statewide Longitudinal Data System (GA Awards)

The story behind the data:

Click here to read a story about the E. David and Linda C. Ballard Family Foundation Scholarship.

Affordable housing
Why is this measure important?

  • Affordable Housing ensures that everyone has access to a safe, stable, affordable place to live. Housing affordability relates not only to cost but to quality; quality is determined in part by access to quality education and access to transportation.
  • A cost-burdened household spends more than 30% of its monthly income on rent/mortgage, leaving little else for crucial necessities.
  • What other partners are using this measure? United Way Child Well-being Index

By the numbers:

  • 650,497 households pay more than 30% of their income on housing in the 23-county region

Data Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2013-2017 5-Year Estimates

The story behind the data:

Click here to read a story about our GoATL Fund, which recently invested in GoATL investment in Enterprise Community Partners, organization that seeks to make housing more affordable for residents of our Atlanta region.

Family financial stability
Why is this measure important?

  • Financial stability enables families to access safe housing, healthy foods and other necessities, to engage fully in their communities, and to plan for the future.
  • Financial stability means being completely debt-free, being able to pay your monthly living expenses with extra money left over.
  • What other partners are using this measure? United Way Child Well-being Index

By the Numbers: Family Financial Stability:

  • 359,307 families (of any size) in the 23-county region have an income less than 200% of poverty. For example, a family of four earning up to $51,500 is not financially stable when taking into account housing, transportation, food, child care and other expenses.

Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey, 2011-2015, 2012-2016, & 2013-20172013-2017 5-Year Estimates

Note: Not financially stable families (of any size) are defined as families that are at or below 200% of the poverty level

The story behind the data:

Click here to read a story about the relaunch of the Atlanta Wealth Building Initiative.

Community and civic engagment
Why is this measure important?

  • Civic participation affects not just individuals, but entire societies. Neighborhoods with higher levels of civic participation have a greater sense of community, lower levels of crime, and citizens who are healthier and happier
  • When residents are involved in their communities, they have the ability to access critical public services, and participate fully on topics of public concern, increasing the likelihood for projects or decisions to be reflective of the community.

What other partners are using this measure?

By the numbers: Community and Civic Engagement

According to the Metro Atlanta Speaks survey, involvement in community meetings increases as education level and income increases

Data source: Metro Atlanta Speaks Survey 2018

Note: this data is for 13 counties only

The story behind the data:

Several local nonprofit organizations recently received grants from our Civic Engagement Fund to raise awareness of the importance of the 2020 Census. Click here to read the story.