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By tracking and analyzing trends in areas that affect our quality of life, Compass gives everyone in our state – policymakers, business and community leaders, and concerned individuals who live and work here – a common foundation to act on issues to improve our communities. More >

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photoAARP - Discover Your Possibilities

Janis Cheney is the AARP State Director in North Dakota. Prior to joining AARP, Janis worked for the North Dakota Insurance Department as the Director of the Life and Health Division and the Senior Health Insurance Counseling Program.  She also served in the Governor of North Dakota’s office as the Director of Special Projects and Assistant to the Chief of Staff.  In addition, Janis previously worked as a writer and multi-media specialist for the Basin Electric Power Cooperative.  She has a BA from the University of Massachusetts and a MA from North Dakota State University.In this article, Janis is highlighting AARP's efforts to assist the elder population in North Dakota.

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photoGrowing Older in North Dakota

Kendra Erickson-Dockter, research specialist with the Center for Social Research and the North Dakota Compass project director, leads the design and operation of the ND Compass project. Her research efforts have involved a wide range of topics, from early childhood and aging to health and disadvantaged populations. In addition to her duties at the Center, Kendra is also completing a doctorate in Human Development, with an emphasis in Applied Gerontology, at North Dakota State University. In this article, Kendra uses ND Compass data to highlight facts, figures, and projections associated with the sizeable increase in the population age 65 years old and older in North Dakota.

Different Ways to Use ND Compass

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Understanding the Impact of Childhood Trends


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HOW To Use This Site

You can explore the website in multiple ways: by topic, by geography and by community capitals.

  • Click on a topic located in the black bar at the top of the page
  • Click on a key measure to see graphs, maps, charts, and tables related to a specific indicator
  • Scroll over the “Breakdown” menu to see what specific characteristics and geographies are available
  • To find data sources, definitions, or qualifications, go to the "View" drop down menu and choose "Data & notes"
  • Find links to additional data sources under More Measures
  • Find links to projects and organizations relevant to the topic under Ideas at Work
  • Find reports and publications under Library



If you would like additional instruction, please read the May 2013 Ask A Researcher: Learn how to make the ND Compass website work for you.

Also, please see our videos on different ways you can use ND Compass.
Program Planning or Development

Understanding the Impact of Childhood Trends

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