Methodology and Acknowledgements
Good indicators are objective measurements that reveal whether key community conditions are improving, worsening, or remaining constant. The indicators selected for inclusion in this report:
- Reflect the communities and districts throughout Racine County.
- Illustrate fundamental factors underlying the impact of health, education, and financial stability on the success of the county.
- Can be easily understood and accepted by the community.
- Are statistically measurable and contain data that are both reliable and available long-term.
- Measure outcomes rather than inputs whenever possible.
More than 10 different research tools contributed to this extensive view of Racine County. For example, one data source was the American Community Survey (ACS)'s one-year estimates. The ACS is an ongoing survey that provides data annually, giving communities current information to plan investments and services. The ACS covers a broad range of topics about social, economic, demographic, and housing characteristics of the U.S. population. Much of the ACS data provided on the Census Bureau's website are available separately by age group, race, ethnicity, and sex.
Another tool that contributed was the WISEdash Public Portal. Each year, Wisconsin's public school districts collect information about students, staff, and courses based on federal and state requirements. These data sets are submitted to the Department of Public Instruction, where they are stored and linked in a data warehouse. WISEdash provides an interactive system to select and filter Wisconsin public school data. The data set that appears in the graphs when selecting the Certified Data View maintains an "official," static version of the data, which provides consistent reporting over time. In most cases, the Certified Data View produces identical counts, averages, and rates as previously reported in current data. No data modifications are performed to merge or discard duplicate student reporting after the initial release of the certified results.
A note on language: Throughout this report, the word "Latinx" is used in place of "Hispanic" and "Latino." While none of these terms overlap perfectly, and different individuals prefer different identifiers, this report uses Latinx because it is inclusive of all gender identities.
- Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System: Prevalence and Trends Data — Overweight and Obesity, U.S. Obesity Trends
- Center for Urban Population Health's Racine County Health Data Report (2017)
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
- Central Intelligence Agency's "Infant Mortality 2016 Estimates: World Factbook"
- Central Racine County Health Department's "2011-2016 Racine County Fetal, Infant, and Child Death Review Report"
- NAMI Wisconsin's "Basics of Mental Illness"
- Racine Police Department's Annual Reports
- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's The State of Obesity in Wisconsin
- Trust for America's Health
- U.S. Census Bureau's 2011-2015 American Community Survey
- U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Adolescent Health
- Wisconsin Department of Health Services
- Annual Birth and Infant Mortality Report (2016) (PDF)
- Behavioral Risk Factor Survey: Wisconsin
- Births to Teens in Wisconsin
- County Health Profiles
- "Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs Assessment Update"
- Teen Birth Rates
- "Wisconsin AIDS/HIV Program Notes"
- "Wisconsin Epidemiological Profile on Alcohol and Other Drugs (2016)"
- "Wisconsin Mental Health and Substance Use Needs Assessment (2017)"
- Wisconsin Public Health Profiles, Racine County (2016)
- "Wisconsin Sexually Transmitted Disease Surveillance Report (2016)"
- Wisconsin Department of Children and Families' Wisconsin Child Abuse and Neglect Reports
- Wisconsin Department of Justice
- Crime and Arrests in Wisconsin
- Domestic Abuse Incident Report
- World Health Organization
This report was created by Karin Kirchmeier, Shay King, Jessica Safransky Schacht, and Eve Plache. It includes icons made by Designerz Base, Freepik, Good Ware, Pause08, Smashicons, Srip, and Those Icons of Flaticon.
For more information, or to schedule a presentation or facilitated discussion about the community data within this report, please contact Karin Kirchmeier, vice president of community impact of United Way of Racine County, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 262-898-2240.