What's new about LIFE

Thursday, August 3, 2017

Coming soon LIFE

Contributors: Your friends at United Way Fox Cities

The community asked and we listened. Participants at last year’s Fox Cities LIFE Study Dive-In Day said it would be helpful to see some existing and any new data points presented in ways that more clearly reflect a theme of diversity and inclusion. Exciting news! Coming August 10, 2017, check the LIFE Study website to find updates including charts that incorporate race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, and age for some of the data indicators, and two additional themes covering workforce participation, and diversity and inclusion.

Before we get too excited about the updates, let’s refresh your memory on the LIFE Study…

The LIFE Study, which stands for Leading Indicators for Excellence, presents a snapshot of socio-economic conditions in the Fox Cities. The study, funded by United Way Fox Cities, Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, and the Fox Cities Chamber of Commerce, reveals information meant to spark regional leaders and community members to action in areas that need improvement.

The most recent Fox Cities LIFE Study underwent some major changes. In case you missed its launch in 2016, here’s a quick breakdown of what to expect:

  • The study presents more than 200 data indicators about demographic, economic, social, and health aspects of community life.

  • Four priorities were chosen by a cross-section of 200 community members who attended the LIFE Study Dive-In Day in June 2016: poverty, youth health, student performance, and youth safety. The new data charts (coming August 10) are related to these community priorities.

  • In the past, the Fox Cities LIFE Studies have been published once every 5 years (in 2001, 2006, and 2011), but now you can look for updates as important new information becomes available.

Keep an eye out for next week’s blog, which will focus on the details of the new data.