Community Data 2.0: A Community-Wide Re-Booting

Since our beginnings in 2001, SCOPE has devoted itself to bringing the community of Sarasota County together around data, through:

  • Annual community report cards
  • People Count reports of census data, and
  • Study group reports on various community challenges.

Through these efforts, Sarasotans have joined together to clarify and reflect upon local, present-day realities.  In these ways, our community has been able to better identify next steps and take action for positive change.

Over time, our approach to data has evolved - both at SCOPE and elsewhere in the community. In May we will be convening once again, to examine the ways we generate, gather, and exchange data in order to understand ourselves better as a community. We hope that this will be a step toward forming a Sarasota County Community Data Collaborative.

We will gather together as people of Sarasota County who are living in various neighborhoods, working in various professions and sectors, and serving as stewards of various datasets.

Together, we aim to begin:

  • Re-examining our community aspirations & anticipated community outcomes
  • Refreshing some community indicators specific to this place
  • Identifying preliminary steps for the formation of a local Community Data Collaborative

We will convene on Thursday, May 19 from 8 a.m. to noon at the Gulf Coast Event and Conference Center located at 4780 Cattlemen Road in Sarasota.  To register, please contact Maureen Hadden at or 941.365.8751.   

You will find a copy of Community Indicators online here, a report by Rhonda Phillips issued by the American Planning Association.  Reading it in advance will help to inform our discussions on May 19th.    

Do you know of others here in Sarasota County whose participation could make a meaningful difference in the effort?  If so, please forward this announcement to them as well. 

We look forward to seeing you in May and working together.