Delaware Focus

Active Project? Yes
Year Project Began: 2013
Year of Last Input: 2017
Last Updated: Aug 7 2017
Project Location:
State / Province:
United States
Lead Organization:
Delaware Community Foundation
Type of Organization:

Geographic Scope

Subneighborhood, Neighborhood, Municipality, County, Metropolitan, Multi-County, Sub-State Region, State/Province, Cross-State Region, National, Other

Issue Areas

Arts and Culture, Children & Youth, Economy, Education, Employment, Environment, Equity, Governance, Health & Wellbeing, Housing, Other, Population, Poverty, Public Safety, Social, Civic Engagement


DelawareFocus is an initiative of the Delaware Community Foundation. This “state of the community” website is aimed at creating a holistic picture of Delaware and deepening our knowledge and understanding of our state. The data and analysis will serve as a common source of information on critical topics that affect the health and progress of our state and inform community stakeholders, spur discussion and collaboration, and monitor our quality of life.

Community indicators are measurements of social, environmental and economic factors that affect quality of life. In a community indicator project, these factors are gathered and analyzed over time to monitor the community’s well-being and whether it’s improving, declining, or staying the same. These metrics help us decide how to focus our resources to improve our community, and then to monitor the impact of our collective efforts.

Our overview report will be updated annually, and the online data will be updated more frequently as data becomes available to allow for continual monitoring of the community’s evolving needs.

Using this data, the DCF will help the community create a shared vision for Delaware’s future and build a statewide, data-driven civic agenda to realize that vision. The DCF will then facilitate partnerships and strategic initiatives that help align the community’s resources to support the agenda.

DelawareFocus was developed with assistance from the Center for Governmental Research (CGR), based in Rochester, New York. CGR is a nonprofit research and consulting firm that has created several community indicator projects in New York State, Tennessee, and other locations.

Has Perfomance Measures?

Yes presents community data by showing trends over time. In addition, our site uses data from comparison regions and the nation as benchmarks for determining relative performance.

Has CI-PM Integration?

Yes encompasses community indicators, performance measurement in the form of trends and comparisons, and community integration as Delaware Community Foundation engages organizations to discuss cross-topic challenges to and successes of our communities.

Project URL

Project Contact:

Deborah Burton
Delaware Community Foundation -
Wilmington Delaware United States