DataCenter’s Recent Reports
In 2012, resident leaders from the Canal community in Marin, California came together to form Voces del Canal to lead an unprecedented community-driven research project to help achieve their collective vision for social change. Most of the Canal’s residents (58%) live below the Federal Poverty Level and despite this poverty, 92% do not receive public assistance. These numbers are starkly contrasted with the rest of Marin — one of the wealthiest counties in the US.
Residents affirmed their role as authentic, local experts and gave power to the lived experiences of community residents. The Canal Alliance, DataCenter, Dominican University, and a network of community organizations in the Canal joined forces in this project.
DataCenter led a dedicated team of 13 resident leaders in training workshops so the residents could design and implement their own community survey project. Together, they conducted a total of 678 survey interviews documenting the residents’ personal stories, opinions, and visions for a healthier Canal. Complete Report / Informe Completo en Español / Read More
With results from over 600 surveys, Home Truths: Domestic Workers in California reveals how domestic workers face a range of hardships associated with their work in an industry that is largely invisible and unregulated. Home Truths is part of the first systematic assessment of domestic workers’ working conditions in the US, and it presents an empirically grounded picture of what it means to be a domestic worker in California. This report played a major role in influencing Governor Jerry Brown to sign the historic the California Domestic Worker Bill of Rights (9/26/2013). Domestic workers – nannies, caregivers, and house-cleaners – play a significant role in the California economy, yet their work has been excluded from basic protections afforded to most of the US work force. Now, Californian domestic workers have rights to overtime pay.
NDWA teamed up with DataCenter and the University of Illinois at Chicago to produce this report and, in the process, supported hundreds of domestic worker women to document their experiences. DataCenter helped ensure domestic workers were involved in every step of the research process. Domestic workers crafted and administered the survey, analyzed the results, and made recommendations based on their own experiences. Complete Report / Read More *Thanks to NDWA for providing some of the text in this posting.
“The cost of the bus is very high. I cannot afford the Fast Pass at this cost. This affects my work, my children’s participation in after-school or summer programs, or our medical appointments. If you look, it affects everything. I have to buy less food for my family, not vegetables or not fruit, because we need to get to our work or school.” —Delia Sanchez, rider of the 52-Excelsior bus line
People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER) released Next Stop: Justice – Race and Environment at the Center of Transit Planning, a joint project with DataCenter and Urban Habitat. The report offers a cutting edge, comprehensive analysis of public transit in San Francisco, with a vision for a new transit policy that puts community experiences around race and environment at the center. Complete Report English / Informe Completo en Español / Executive Summary / Resumen Ejecutivo en Español / Read More
Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work (2012)
“DataCenter offered us expertise in research while respecting the leadership, vision and social justice values of our membership. Together we were able to produce research that surpassed our own expectations.”—Ai-jen Poo, Director, National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA)
DataCenter and NDWA released a groundbreaking new report, Home Economics: The Invisible and Unregulated World of Domestic Work, examining the state of domestic work in the US. In a unique partnership between academic researchers and domestic workers, NDWA surveyed more than 2,000 nannies, house cleaners, and caregivers in 14 cities, developing a vivid, empirically grounded picture of what it means to be a domestic worker in modern America. Domestic workers are excluded from key federal and state labor laws and regulations, and are often denied meal and rest breaks, overtime pay, or paid vacations or holidays. In the absence of legal protection, this workforce is especially vulnerable to employer abuse and exploitation. Complete Report / Español / Executive Summary / Key Findings / Explore the Data / Recommendations / Read More
Retaining and developing talented staff is vital to building strong, sustainable, and high-impact organizations. Yet compensation policies in small to mid-sized social justice organizations have been largely unexamined until now.
In collaboration with DataCenter and the National Organizers Alliance, RoadMap has produced The Wages of Peace and Justice, a 2012 National Compensation Survey of Social Justice Organizations.
This survey provides invaluable information about salary and benefit trends among community organizing and advocacy organizations and the extent to which these compensation policies reflect social justice values. DataCenter’s researchers alongside with DataCenter interns designed the survey, collected the responses, and analyzed the data to produce the comprehensive report. Complete Report / Executive Summary (free PDF) / Read More
Coming Home: Supporting LGBTQ Children in Utah’s Foster Care System (2012)
“We did it! We successfully made the case for policy reform. [DataCenter's] work framing the research so that it was as powerful as possible really made a difference in our campaign. As a result, we are going to get the policy passed.” —Zak Sinclair, consultant the Utah Pride Center
DataCenter supported the Utah Pride Center and the Keeping Kids Safe Campaign through data analysis and strategic secondary research to produce Coming Home: Supporting LGBTQ Children in Utah’s Foster Care System. The report captures the systemic intersections of the considerations for LGBTQ foster, homeless or otherwise vulnerable youth in Utah. The report makes specific recommendations to strengthen the child welfare system and build provider capacity in agencies providing overlapping care for youth. The report helped lay the groundwork for the Keeping Kids Safe Campaign to win a comprehensive policy generated by the Department of Children and Family Services designed to support the unique needs of LGBTQ youth. Complete Report
Families Unlocking Futures (2012)
This authoritative, national report presents a body of data never captured or examined before: an analysis of the juvenile justice system from the perspectives of those who are most impacted — the system involved youth and their families. The report reveals how the juvenile justice system actually does more to feed the nation’s vast prison system than to deter young people from system involvement. Using a participatory model, DataCenter co-led a research process that involved 1,000 surveys with family members of system involved youth and 24 focus groups nationwide. The research project supported the leadership development of family members and the expansion of Justice for Families’ nationwide network. Complete Report /Executive Summary / Read More
The Hands That Feed Us (2012)
“I’m always blown away by DataCenter’s seamless process facilitation from ‘raw data’ to ‘framing’! It’s like watching a photograph develop—something inanimate becoming concrete and REAL.”—Jose Olivia, Policy Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United The report looks at wages and working conditions of workers across the entire food chain — a sector that employs 20 million people in the US (one-sixth of the nation’s work force!). To support the project, DataCenter conducted a power structure analysis that guided the formation of the Food Chain Workers Alliance (FCWA) in 2009. DataCenter also facilitated surveyor and interviewer trainings for members of FCWA. This first-time snapshot of the realities for low wage workers in the food industry was crafted by the low wage workers themselves, with DataCenter’s support, and won coverage in the NY Times, as well as numerous other publications. Complete Report / Executive Summary /Resumen Ejecutivo en Español / Read More
The National Trans*, Two-Spirit, and Intersex Landscape Survey (2012)
“We know that organizations serving or organizing in Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Two-Spirit and Intersex communities are underfunded and under-resourced, but we’ve never had the data before to back that claim—now we have something to leverage” —Kris Hayashi, Project Advisory Board and Staff Member, Audre Lorde Project The report, a collaborative effort between DataCenter and the Arcus Foundation, is based on a survey of about 200 Trans/Two-Spirit/Intersex (T/T-S/I) organizations from across the US. It documents the needs of the organizations, the self-defined priority issues, and how foundations can structure funding to build T/T-S/I organizational capacity. DataCenter ensured the T/T-S/I community guided the project through an advisory board with key members of the T/T-S/I community. Complete Report / Organizational Directory / Read More
Deepening Roots and Creating Space (2012)
“The disaggregated data is helpful for policymakers so they understand more about the needs of our rapidly growing communities…. many pockets of this community are in great need of basic protections and services.” —Christina Lagdemeo, Deputy Director, White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders This ground breaking report, based on information from more than 500 South Asian New York City residents, examines housing trends and conditions including overcrowding, evictions, and displacements among tenants and homeowners. DataCenter took raw data, relevant Census and other government data, and pulled it together to develop a cohesive analysis that was used in combination with community perspectives to provide powerful evidence for critical recommendations for the South Asian community as well as for all low income communities in New York City. Complete Report / Read More
State of Miami Renters (2012)
DataCenter teamed up with Power-U Center for Social Change and the Community Justice Project (CJP) to produce this report on the state of Miami’s renters. The coalition collaboratively designed a comprehensive renter and housing survey that exposed the dire conditions faced by low-income residents. Renters in Miami comprise 64% of the population, yet their needs are often ignored by landlords, policy makers, and elected officials. Tenants lack affordable housing, suffer from badly maintained buildings, and are afforded few, if any, renter protections. Complete Report / Read More
Step into Long Beach (2011)
Khmer Girls for Action (KGA), in partnership with DataCenter, launched a participatory (youth-designed and implemented) research project to assess the needs and conditions of Khmer youth in Long Beach. Through DataCenter trainings, youth developed, disseminated, and analyzed a survey of approximately 500 youth in Long Beach, California. Their findings highlight issues that touch upon every aspect of their lives, from parental expectations to racial profiling, and sex and sexuality. Today, project participants possess important leadership skills such as thinking strategically to achieve a desired outcome, being able to facilitate a group discussion, and planning within the scope of capacity and resources. Complete Report / Read More
Check, Please! (2010)
The Chinese Progressive Association (CPA), with support from the DataCenter, released the ground-breaking report that documents the working and health conditions of San Francisco Chinatown’s restaurant workers. This report, based on surveys of 433 restaurant workers interviewed by their peers and observational data on 106 restaurants, found a prevalence of low-road industry practices such as wage violations, lack of benefits, poor working conditions, and stressful and hazardous workplaces. These conditions leave workers insecure in their jobs and vulnerable to injury and illness, while negatively affecting consumers, businesses, and the community. The problems in Chinatown reflect a national epidemic of wage theft and lowered labor standards. The report concludes with a series of recommendations to address working conditions for restaurant workers as well as all low wage workers. Complete Report / Read More
Shape Up San Francisco Policy Analysis (2010)
“DataCenter… pulled out key concepts into sidebars and tables, and organized information so that it is intuitive for our audience. Always professional and courteous, the DataCenter staff was a delight to work with and the end result was a polished and useful document that we can share with policy makers, community-based organizations, and other partners.” —Marianne S. Szeto of the Shape Up San Francisco Coalition This report is a translation of a research-heavy report produced by the San Francisco Department of Public Health, with recommendations to create environments that promote physical activities. Thanks to DataCenter, Shape Up is a concise, accessible and useful document that policy makers and organizations will use to create a healthier San Francisco Bay Area community. Complete Report / Read More