Community Report Card Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Community Report Card?
It is a document which presents views on how a community is doing.  What topics are included varies by community and can vary over time.  Certain issues, or indicators, are included as important measures of a community’s well-being.

What are the benefits?

  • Increases everyone’s awareness about their community.
  • Engages and motivates people and agencies.
  • Feedback provides a better understanding of community perceptions of local problems. 
  • Identifies what we don’t know and what issues to work on. 
  • Encourages joint planning and problem solving.
  • Support for grant writing and responding to funding opportunities.

What topics or indicators will be included in the Danbury Area Community Report Card?
The indicators to be measured in the initial Danbury Area Community Report Card are in the following areas:

  • Access to Health Insurance
  • Child Abuse
  • Diseases
  • Education
  • Emergency Room Visits
  • Health & Lifestyle
  • Mental Health
  • Poverty
  • Pregnancy
  • Suicide

Complete listing of the indicators

Can other indicators be added to the Danbury Area Community Report Card?
No additional indicators are expected to be added to this initial Report Card. 

In the future, however, we anticipate collaborative efforts with community organizations will increase the number of indicators and breakdown indicators further, for example, by ethnicity. 

What towns will be included in the Danbury Area Community Report Card?
The ten towns included are: 

  • Bethel
  • Bridgewater
  • Brookfield
  • Danbury
  • New Fairfield
  • New Milford
  • Newtown
  • Redding
  • Ridgefield
  • Sherman 

The goal is to measure every indicator for each of the towns; however data may not always be available for each town. 

How is the Danbury Area Community Report Card being written and who is involved?
In January 2007, representatives from the United Way of Western Connecticut, Danbury Hospital and Danbury’s Health Department met with Western Connecticut State University’s President to discuss a collaborative effort to produce an annual Danbury Area Community Report Card. 

A steering committee was formed to review existing Community Report Cards and determine preliminary indicators which would best measure our well-being.  The committee decided the initial report card would concentrate on health related issues, with the understanding that additional indicators could be added in future reports. 

Preliminary indicators were shared with community stakeholders for their feedback, which resulted in the list of final indicators. 

Two Western Connecticut State University graduate assistants have been hired to create a project plan, determine availability of the data on the indicators for the ten towns, acquire data and compile data into the final report.

The report will be reviewed by health and social services professionals as well as a sample from the general public to give feedback on clarity and readability before being published. 

When will the Danbury Area Community Report Card be available?
The goal is to have the report printed as well as available online in September 2008. 

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