Goal: To inform, support and promote a body of research reflecting the assets, opportunities and challenges of SELA that can be used to drive regional discourse and solutions. The SELA Collaborative identified the lack of available data on the region as a key obstacle.
Current data is fragmented, hidden within larger data sets, and organized by different geographic classifications which makes useful comparisons difficult. In other words, residents and stakeholders are challenged to produce a clear snapshot of the region’s social, economic, and political well-being. As such, understanding regional problems and galvanizing regional action is difficult. The problem of accessing reliable data on the region manifests across multiple sectors from education, health, environment, civic engagement, and so on.
The California Community Foundation (CCF) approached the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA (PBI) in early 2016 to partner on developing a Summit of Possibilities Project. Impactful research was a core element of the project. CCF and PBI planned a summit for fall of 2016 to bring together community representatives to hear findings on an economic assets research report at public event.