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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 >

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photoChanges to Come

Professor Jim Deal, Ph.D., has a strong record of teaching and service that he brings to the North Dakota Compass project. Coming to the Center for Social Research at NDSU from the Department of Human Development and Family Science, he brings with him a commitment to interdisciplinary research, team building, mentoring, and professional development, and an extensive background in advanced data analysis. Dr. Deal has published more than 30 articles and book chapters in high quality outlets, including several flagship journals in family science. In this article, Dr. Deal talks about the changes that have occurred at the Center for Social Research and ND Compass and the experience he brings to the ND Compass project.

Ask a Researcher

photoA look at the Youngest North Dakotans

The North Dakota Compass website sets a standard for unbiased, up-to-date, and credible data and information. Moreover, by presenting data in a variety of topics that define quality of life, it provides a broader picture and can offer solutions to complex issues. In this article, the North Dakota Compass team highlights a variety of data trends and information associated with the young child population in North Dakota. Understanding trends helps us plan and improve child development, learning, and services for our communities and our state. The more we know about our children, the better equipped we are to make smart investments in the state’s future.

Different Ways to Use ND Compass

Program Planning with ND Compass

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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