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Our products and services help social change organizations use data and research to advance their missions.

We support partners throughout all stages of their work: informing strategy development, providing real-time decision-making support to current projects, and monitoring community change over time.

Open Data Tools

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We develop and maintain web-based technology tools, like our flagship tool Community Facts, that provide free data and analysis about social issues.

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Featured Tools

Community Facts

Early Care & Education Map

Our Open Data Tools Help You:

01

Understand and visualize the connections between socio-economic challenges in the region.

02

Compare community needs based on resident demographics and neighborhood conditions.

Only a handful of urban areas across the country have anything like Community Facts. It presents data going down to the neighborhood level in a simple and understandable manner, and its flexibility and adaptability place it at the highest level of best practice in this field nationally.

G. Thomas Kingsley
Urban Institute

Research

We conduct research and analysis to better understand the challenges facing the Denver metro region, then we make the findings available through reports and digital information tools.

Featured Projects

Exploring Colorado’s Housing Affordability Challenges

Gentrification: A Recent History in Metro Denver

Our Research Helps You:

01

Access objective analysis on community issues.

02

Inform decisions related to policy and social sector initiatives.

As a small organization, it is not feasible for Housing Colorado to staff an internal research arm on affordable housing policy, so we look to partners like Shift to work cooperatively with us.

Sara Reynolds
Former Executive Director, Housing Colorado

Community Assessment

By providing data and analysis on how socioeconomic shifts and social issues are impacting neighborhoods, our partners can develop data-driven solutions that create impact at the local level.

Featured Projects

Denver Public Schools Enrollment Forecast

Mile High Vista Community Market Analysis

Our Community Assessment Work Helps You:

01

Monitor community-level change to determine the efficacy and impact of strategic investments, programs or initiatives.

02

Expand or shift direct service and program delivery based on community need.  

Shift’s research into Colorado’s youngest children living in the region represents a first-in-the-state analysis of their needs and some of the resources available to address those needs. By combining population-level data with geographic context, Shift is prompting parents, advocates and policymakers to think differently about how we connect children with opportunities.

Bill Jaeger
Colorado Children's Campaign

Capacity Building

As a service to the metro Denver community, we provide technical assistance that builds the capacity of the social sector to use data for decision-making. In addition, we provide opportunities for the data community to make connections and build their skills.

Featured Projects

Technical Assistance: STRIVE Prep Student Enrollment Analysis

Data for Change Network

Our Capacity Building Support Helps You:

01

Increase your organization’s ability to easily and effectively use data.

02

Champion data-driven decision making in the social sector.

The Data for Change Network, both through Mile High Data Day and their other fun events, has helped me solve problems related to my own data challenges. Through the network, I have also developed supportive relationships with go-to people I can ask for assistance, which has been invaluable.

Rick Winter
Director of Data and Evaluation, Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance

Open Data Tools

View all

We develop and maintain web-based technology tools that provide free data and analysis about social issues.

View all

Featured Tools

Community Facts

Early Care & Education Map

Our Open Data Tools Can Help You:

01

Understand and visualize the connections between socio-economic challenges in the region.

02

Compare community needs based on resident demographics and neighborhood conditions.

Only a handful of urban areas across the country have anything like Community Facts. It presents data going down to the neighborhood level in a simple and understandable manner, and its flexibility and adaptability place it at the highest level of best practice in this field nationally.

G. Thomas Kingsley
Urban Institute

Research

We conduct research and analysis to better understand the challenges facing the Denver metro region, then we make the findings available through reports and digital information tools.

Featured Projects

Exploring Colorado’s Housing Affordability Challenges

Gentrification: A Recent History in Metro Denver

Our Research Can Help You:

01

Access objective analysis on community issues.

02

Inform decisions related to policy and social sector initiatives.

As a small organization, it is not feasible for Housing Colorado to staff an internal research arm on affordable housing policy, so we look to partners like Shift to work cooperatively with us.

Sara Reynolds
Former Executive Director, Housing Colorado

Community Assessment

We monitor community-level change so that organizations better understand the regional and social context of their work. By providing data and analysis on how socioeconomic shifts and social issues are impacting neighborhoods, Shift develops data-driven solutions that create impact at the local level.

Featured Projects

Denver Public Schools Enrollment Forecast

Mile High Vista Community Market Analysis

Our Community Assessment Work Can Help You:

01

Monitor community-level change to determine the efficacy and impact of strategic investments, programs or initiatives.

02

Expand or shift direct service and program delivery based on community need.

Shift’s research into Colorado’s youngest children living in the region represents a first-in-the-state analysis of their needs and some of the resources available to address those needs. By combining population-level data with geographic context, Shift is prompting parents, advocates and policymakers to think differently about how we connect children with opportunities.

Bill Jaeger
Colorado Children's Campaign

Capacity Building

As a service to the metro Denver community, we provide technical assistance that builds the capacity of the social sector to use data for decision-making. In addition, we are stewards of the Data for Change Network.

Featured Projects

Technical Assistance: STRIVE Prep Student Enrollment Analysis

Data for Change Network

Our Capacity Building Support Can Help You:

01

Increase your organization’s ability to easily and effectively use data.

02

Champion data-driven decision making in the social sector.

The Data for Change Network, both through Mile High Data Day and their other fun events, has helped me solve problems related to my own data challenges. Through the network, I have also developed supportive relationships with go-to people I can ask for assistance, which has been invaluable.

Rick Winter
Director of Data and Evaluation, Early Childhood Council Leadership Alliance

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Housing
Economic
Self-Sufficiency
Social Determinants
of Health
Democratizing
Data
Early Childhood
Development
Neighborhood
Change
Youth and
Education

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