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Community Research Summit

Date and Time

Friday, March 14, 2014
8:30 AM - 1:00 PM


  • DeVos Center » 122E - Loosemore Auditorium


In the fall of 2013, the Johnson Center’s Community Research Institute launched the VoiceGR Community Survey, which surveyed residents living in and around Grand Rapids, on their basic needs, health care, education, transportation, and more. This year’s Johnson Center’s Community Research Summit will give nonprofit and community leaders an exclusive look at results from the survey, which captured the voices of over 3,000 greater Grand Rapids residents.


The Johnson Center has designed the Summit to give participants an overview of the results of VoiceGR and a chance to have conversations about using the data in their work. Participants will hear the story of the data and its effects on the work organizations do in our community. Sharing stories surrounding the people and social conditions of West Michigan enables organizations to be more effective in their work, broadening their scope of impact.


Participants will have the opportunity to explore data driven decision-making and using community data in their work.


The Johnson Center encourages organizations to attend with more than one staff member so they can discuss how to best use these data practices at their organizations and what the community data needs are for future iterations of VoiceGR.


*Registration is required to ensure breakfast and lunch is available for all participants.


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Schedule for the Summit


8:30 - 9 a.m.Registration and Breakfast9 - 9:15 a.m.Welcome9:15 - 10 a.m.Presentation of VoiceGR Results - Dr. Jodi Petersen10:15 - 11:30 a.m.Sessions will be structured around specific topic areas -- eg. health care, economics, equity, housing insecurity, safety, education -- based on results from the survey. Each session will include a presentation of data and a facilitation of what this data means to community serving organizations.11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.Lunch and Presentation of Community Profiles 2.0



Ryan Ames, M.U.P.P.

Research Coordinator, Community Research Institute

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William Crawley, Ph.D.

Interim Executive Director, Johnson Center for Philanthropy, and Associate Dean, College of Community and Public Service, GVSU

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Liz Delaney, L.L.M.S.W.

Research Manager, Community Research Institute

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Matthew Downey, M.P.A.

Program Director, Nonprofit Services

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Dean George Grant, Jr., Ph.D.

Dean, College of Community and Public Service, GVSU

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Jerry Johnson, Ph.D.

Director, Community Research Institute

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Julien Kouame, Ph.D.

Research Manager, Community Research Institute

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Annie Osborne, M.Ed.

Program Manager, Nonprofit Services

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Jodi Petersen, Ph.D.

Senior Researcher, Community Research Institute

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Jeremy Pyne, M.P.A.

GIS Manager

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Tera Qualls, M.P.A.

Communications Manager

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Gustavo Rotondaro, M.U.P.D.D.

Director of Information Services and Community Data Initiatives

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Sam VanGroningen, B.A.

Research Coordinator, Community Research Institute

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