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North Dakota Compass

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 >

New resources

  • New! Community Building Toolkit located in the header under Toolkits
  • July's Newsletter
  • July's featured For Discussion columnist discusses Lyme disease in the Midwest. The Ask A Researcher column provides information on appropriate grilling practices.
  • New section: Geo Profiles which includes a compilation of the most important social indicators present on the ND Compass website.


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For Discussion

photoTicks Bite: Protect Yourself Against Lyme Disease
Jordyn Wallenborn is an American Indian Project Manager and a Graduate Assistant at the Center for Social Research. She has a B.S. in Community Health and an MPH in Infectious Disease Management. Her previous research experience is on Hand, Foot, and Mouth Disease in Taiwan. In this article, she discusses Lyme disease and ways to protect yourself during summer months.

Ask a Researcher

photoGuard against Grilling Gaffes: Healthy Grilling and Food Safety Tips
Julie Garden-Robinson is a food and nutrition specialist for the NDSU Extension Service and a professor in the Department of Health, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences. She develops and coordinates nutrition and food safety research and education projects throughout North Dakota for children through adults. She writes a weekly column and blog, and she fields a lot of questions on a daily basis. In this article, she answers some typical questions related to grilling foods.

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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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