Data: State of Youth

Youth Thrive and our community of partners are committed to using data to improve outcomes for Wake County youth. The effective collection, coordination, and sharing of data can help youth-serving professionals identify important issues impacting our youth, as well as opportunities to enhance youth services and programming, policy, and practice. Data guides our work priorities on overall directionality.

With the interest in “collective impact” that sparked in 2011, shared measurement has become a buzzword in communities across the nation. Many communities, however, are struggling to define what this really means. Working to meet the five conditions of collective impact (common agenda, shared measurement, mutually reinforcing activities, constant communication and backbone support functions), Youth Thrive set out to find its way toward shared measurements that community partners and stakeholders could agree to adopt.

  • Common Measures: Data elements used by organizations to identify shared or similar goals in a defined social area to help provide insight and measure progress. (Example: high school graduation)
  • Indicators: Data elements that have been agreed upon as the best way to indicate (measure) similar or shared goals. (Example: graduation rates)
  • Shared Measurement: A collaborative measurement process conducted among a number of organizations engaged in a defined social area who are working together to achieve similar or shared goals. Shared measurement includes not only the joint definition of common goals and measures, but also an agreed measurement process, the sharing of measurement findings, and engagement in collaborative analysis and continuous learning.


Wake County Planning Blueprint Outcomes:

Specific data metrics are found within each strategic linkage as data supports the work done in all areas