Manchester Has a New Data Repository
Manchester Has a New Data Repository
Grant writers, researchers, and citizens interested in facts, statistics, and published reports from New Hampshire based organizations now have a new resource to satisfy their interests.
New this spring, the University of New Hampshire at Manchester and the UNH Dimond Library developed a Manchester Data Repository site to house data related to the city. It also includes some information related to Hillsborough County and the state of New Hampshire.
The project was created in response to needs for research data expressed during a working group organized by UNH Manchester Professor Patrice Mettauer. Mettauer assembled a “Manchester Research Group” in 2012 which included individuals and organizations that were researching and developing programs, services, and grants in the area.
“They realized there is quite a bit of research available on Manchester,” says Mettauer, “but the data was in many different locations and often hard to access, so we generated the idea for this digital collection of data.”
Sarina Johnston took the lead on organizing the data collection which has resulted in nearly 90 reports, statements, and articles from area organizations. Some of the organizations include the Manchester Department of Public Health, Manchester School District, and the Manchester Weed & Seed program.
Johnston, a 2013 graduate of UNH Manchester’s history program, sees the tool as a great resource for anyone doing local research and/or in need of information about the city and her neighborhoods.
“The collection will benefit anyone researching most aspects of Manchester, NH, including students, local organizations and associations, or any interested community member, as the information is free and available to all,” says Johnston.
The collection mainly focuses on data published between 2007 and 2013, all in easily downloadable PDF format. The information is presented in the forms of studies, reports, plans, guides, needs assessments and indicators, charts and graphs, summaries, articles, and statements from various local organizations. The collection is organized by year and includes topics such as health, youth, education, homelessness, economic development, environmental health, demographic trends, community safety, immigrants and refugees, community development, and arts and culture.
Participants in the Manchester Research Group include:
Cathy Chesley, Director of Immigration and Refugee Services, NH Catholic Charities
Kathy Cook, Grant Manager, Bean Foundation
Lisa DiBrigida, MD, Manchester Pediatric Physician
Jeff Feingold, Editor, New Hampshire Business Review
Daniel Forbes, Director, Meelia Center for Community Engagement, St. Anselm’s College
Curt Grimm, Deputy Director, UNH Carsey Institute
Cathy Kuhn, Director of Research and Training, Families in Transition
Laura Marron, Director of QI, NH Child and Family Services
Patrice Mettauer, Senior Lecturer and Coordinator of Community Outreach Scholarship, UNH Manchester
Melinda Negron-Gonzales, Assistant Professor of Politics and Society, UNH
Melissa Nemon, Consultant, Community-Based Impact and Assessment
Mike Ostrowski, President and CEO, NH Child and Family Services
Alison Paglia, Associate Professor of Psychology, UNH
Anne Phillips, Senior Program Officer, NH Charitable Foundation
Jessica Santos, State Partnership Grant Coordinator, Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs, NH DHHS
Debbie Scire, Executive Director, NH Campus Compact
Judy Sharkey, Associate Professor and Associate Director of Teacher Education, UNH
Rebecca Sky, Director, NH Health and Equity Partnership, Foundation for Healthy Communities
Will Stewart, Vice President of Economic Development & Advocacy, Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce
Anna Thomas, Deputy Public Health Director, Manchester Health Department
Trini Tellez, Director, Office of Minority Health and Refugee Affairs, NH DHHS
Sally Ward, Professor of Sociology and Senior Fellow at the UNH Carsey Institute
Monica Zulauf, Executive Director, YWCA New Hampshire