Putting Data to Work for Immigrants and Communities: Tools for the Washington DC Metro Area and Beyond

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Link: http://www.migrationpolicy.org/pubs/PUTTINGDATATOWORK.pdf
By: Suzette Brooks Masters, Kimberly A. Hamilton and Jill Wilson
Org: Migration Policy Institute
Date: 2004

This report promotes the effective use of demographic data by community-based organizations working with and on behalf of immigrants. The authors believe it is vitally important for these organizations to unlock the power of demographic proficiency in order to succeed in their missions. Data about immigrants?where they are from, where they live, how they fare?tell organizations where their services are needed and what issues merit attention. Data also help organizations mobilize public support with facts rather than rhetoric and attract resources with persuasive grant proposals and testimony before government officials.

Information about immigrants--where they are from, where they live, and how they fare--has never been more important, or plentiful. At the same time, community organizations are working to respond to changing regional dynamics, often with limited resources.

This report argues that it is vitally important for organizations to integrate fact-based knowledge of immigration into their day-to-day operations. While the report focuses on the DC metropolitan region, the resource guide is relevant for all, including community organizations in Canada.

This report is useful for community organizations seeking to find and use demographic data and who:

  • need greater guidance on how to access, work with, and customize demographic data to meet specific organizational needs
  • desire to use demographic data as a tool to strengthen advocacy, programs, services and fundraising
  • demand more localized demographic information as well as more disaggregated data
  • need to marshal demographic data to understand newcomers and their settlement and integration patterns.
This report is available for download in Adobe Acrobat PDF format (190 KB, 29 pages).