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Community Development Data Guidebook

This guide is meant to serve as a "how to" for those interested in conducting more robust community development research. This type of community-based research, often termed performance context in the regulatory world, is critical to community development practitioners looking to maximize impact in the areas in which they operate. In the first part of the guide, we provide a variety of data resources, divided by topic area, along with a practical application of how to retrieve the data and commentary on what to do when you have it. In the second part of the guide, we include an example of how different data pieces can come together to produce a strong performance context. 

By the end of this guide, we hope that you will have enough material to begin your own community development research. As with most things, practice makes perfect. The more you research community development needs, the better you will become at identifying trends and potential areas of impact.