Report by Community Research Institute
September 2016

Community Data & Research Lab at the Dorothy A. Johnson Center for Philanthropy   (Grand Rapids)

"VoiceGR is a community survey that aims to assess greater Grand Rapids residents’ attitudes, perceptions, and opinions. The primary goal of VoiceGR is to provide objective data to residents, nonprofits, governments, businesses, and other decision makers regarding the perceptions and needs of the community. The hope is to provide easily accessible data to inform decisions. A key to making informed decisions is disaggregating data. Disaggregation refers to splitting results as a whole into their subgroups, such as splitting by racial/ethnic groups or genders to look for differences between groups. If we only look at whole city or county level survey results, we fail to see the diversity in the experiences and perceptions of the various subgroups of the population."