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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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Giving the Gift of Hope for the Holidays

Sharz Miar, YWCA Cass Clay Communications Manager Sharz Miar is the YWCA Cass Clay Communications Manager. She earned her degree from the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and is working towards an additional degree in graphic design. Prior to relocating to Fargo, Sharz worked for a start-up company in Minneapolis.

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photoUsing Data to End Homelessness

Michael Carbone is the Executive Director of the North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People (NDCHP) where he serves as the coordinator for the ND Statewide Continuum of Care. NDCHP is the collaborative applicant for HUD's Homeless Assistance Grants. NDCHP is also the statewide grantee for the VA's Supportive Services for Veteran Families program. The Coalition is the lead agency for the SOAR program (SSI/SSDI Outreach Access and Recovery). NDCHP serves as a state partner to the National Low Income Housing Coalition.

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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.

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