Data & Evaluation Reports

Our work to change Detroit: What we've learned so far


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Kids Matter Here: An Analytic Review of the 10-year Good Neighbohoods Initiative 

The Skillman Foundation’s Good Neighborhoods Initiative was a $100-million investment into six Detroit neighborhoods that spanned from 2006-2016. The analytic review is a series of analyses and dialogues about the initiative from Foundation staff, Trustees, grant and community partners, residents, stakeholders and evaluators. Its purpose is to synthesize what the decade of work has accomplished, inform decisions about the Foundation’s trajectory going forward, and build and share knowledge locally and nationally. 



2014 Youth Development Opportunities Survey Results
The YDO Survey assesses the landscape of the programs available to youth in the Skillman Good Neighborhoods. The YDO is the third wave of a survey conducted every two years. The 2014 YDO Survey results were analyzed by Learning For Action. 

YDO Overview 2014 193.75 kB
YDO Staff Capacity 205.37 kB



This report examines how to build powerful collaborations through the lens of the Community Connections Small Grants Program.



Overview and topline analysis of the Foundation's place-based work 2008-2010.



A compilation of 10 evaluation summaries of the Foundation's work 2005-2010.

For a complete list of these evaluation reports, please click here.


Concerning Kids: A Skillman Study

Concerning Kids: A Skillman Foundation Study was the first-ever comprehensive series of polls on what residents of metropolitan Detroit think, feel and know about issues concerning children and youth.


Neighborhood Level Indicators

In addition to information from evaluation, current demographic, social and economic data at the neighborhood level is critical to informing implementation and assessing progress. Data Driven Detroit, a partner organization in the Urban Institute’s National Neighborhoods Indicator Project, is the source of much of the information.   


State of the Detroit Child


The typical data picture one gets for Detroit is fragmented, based on a series of individual, topic-specific portraits. The Skillman Foundation has asked Data Driven Detroit (D3) to bring those portraits together in one document. The plan is to produce annual updates and to expand data access in the process. Up-to-date information on Detroit’s children will cover:

  • General demographic characteristics 
  • Family economic security
  • Early Childhood (0-5) well-being
  • Child health and access to health care
  • Education
  • Safety and community