Reports, Assessment and Research Data
United Way Silicon Valley and its community partners are actively involved in conducting research to assess local conditions that impact the residents of Santa Clara County.
Below are links to relevant reports and studies that help to identify our community’s critical needs as well as some of the strategies that can help improve community conditions.
These data and research-based reports are typically based on extensive involvement and input from health and human service professionals, government officials, neighborhood and community leaders, community members, and various subject matter experts.
Community Impact Strategic Priorities 2013-2020
Everyone at United Way Silicon Valley is very excited to implement the new strategic direction established by the Board of Directors – helping families with younger children become economically secure, physically and emotionally healthy, able to support their children's educational success, and more engaged and connected to their community.
Report to the Community
United Way Silicon Valley invests donations to its Community Action Fund in proven programs run by United Way and its partner agencies. United Way focuses its investments on the building blocks for a good life: income, education and health.
Community Impact Strategic Priorities 2013-2020 (PDF)
Community Update: Mid-Year Program & Partner Agency Results 2013 (PDF)
Report to the Community 2013 (PDF)
Report to the Community 2012 (PDF)
Community Update Six-Month Highlights 2012 (PDF)
Report to the Community September, 2011
Report to the Community Six-Month Highlights July to December, 2010 (PDF)
2009-2010 Report to the Community (PDF)
2008-2009 Report to the Community (PDF)
United Way Silicon Valley Funded Programs (PDF)
Santa Clara County Community Assessment Executive Summary Report - Oct 2012 (PDF)
Santa Clara County Community Assessment Project Team surveyed thousands of community residents -- in person, on line and by phone. The survey examined opinions and posed questions like: How is your quality of life? What kind of community do you want to live in? What issues are you concerned about?
Silicon Valley Volunteer Assessment Report (PDF)
The Volunteer Center Serving San Francisco and San Mateo Counties and United Way Silicon Valley partnered to assess how best to preserve volunteer referral and build capacity in volunteer utilization and mobilization within the nonprofit and business communities of Santa Clara County. The two agencies undertook a study consisting of surveys, focus groups, and interviews to determine the viability and variety of long-term volunteer services in the County and to make recommendations regarding the most cost-effective way to deliver the resources and services requested by the community. Findings are provided in the complete report.
Struggling to Make Ends Meet in the Bay Area (PDF)
Hard times preceded the recession for almost a quarter of Bay Area households. Even before the global economic crisis, having a job was not a guarantee of adequate income as 86% of Bay Area households with incomes below the Self-Sufficiency Standard had at least one worker.
A Portrait of California (PDF)
This report shows large disparities among Silicon Valley residents in the areas of income, education and health.The report uses the internationally recognized Human Development Index to rank how California residents are doing against key benchmarks, broken out by demographic, geographic and other distinctions. The index is calculated using government data that is weighted equally to come up with a composite score, with 10 being the highest possible. (Report Courtesy of the American Human Development Project)
Silicon Valley Latino Report Card March 2011 (PDF)
(Sponsored by United Way Silicon Valley and other community leaders). The Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley initiated the Silicon Valley Latino Report Card project. The Report Card focused on five quality of life areas: health, education, the economy, housing, and environmental sustainability. (Report Courtesy of the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley)
Santa Clara County Trends and Needs Assessment Report – May 2005 (PDF)
United Way Silicon Valley conducted an extensive community needs assessment to define and measure the most pressing needs in Santa Clara County.
Community Impact Reports - The following two reports provide insight into the progress that is being made addressing the issues related to Santa Clara County:
Santa Clara County Overviews - January 2007
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