Jeffrey Morenoff

Detroit Metropolitan Area Communities Study (DMACS)

Research Project Description
Elisabeth Gerber, Jeffrey Morenoff

The Detroit Metropolitan Area Communities Study (DMACS) is designed to regularly survey a broad, representative group of Detroit area residents about their communities, including their experiences, perceptions, priorities, and aspirations.

The DMACS team collected data from a representative sample of more than 700 City of Detroit residents in two surveys fielded in fall 2016 and winter 2017

Examples of topics covered in these initial surveys include quality of life, priorities for change in the metro area, the impact of recent investments in Downtown and Midtown Detroit on different populations, sense of community and social cohesion, transportation and mobility, public safety, police-community relations, decisions about whether and when to move, activism and voluntarism, the role of government and trust in government institutions, views on inequality and race relations, and health and health care coverage.

DMACS delivers research-quality information to stakeholders about the impact of ongoing changes and investments, allowing them to track how residents perceive, evaluate, and connect with their communities. It also provides citizens a platform for communicating needs, visions for the future for their local areas and the broader region, and reactions to new ideas for improving Metro Detroit's quality of life.

Funding: John S. and James L. Knight Foundation (GR-2017-55220)

Funding Period: 1/1/2018 to 12/31/2020

Website for: Detroit Metropolitan Area Communities Study (DMACS)

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