About the Initiative

In the world of grant-making and grant-writing, data needs are everywhere. Foundations use data to determine how to design their grants, community organizations use data to demonstrate impact, and both use data to measure results and inform future efforts.

With data powered by the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission, the current funding partners that have supported the development of this site include: Baystate Health, Community Foundation of Western MA, Irene E. and George A. Davis Foundation, and MassMutual Foundation.

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Despite this critical need, data collection and analysis can often be a challenge that too often distracts service providers from their main objectives. Simply gathering the data often requires extensive research and knowledge of dozens of government agencies just to get started. But now, the Pioneer Valley has a one-stop data shop!


The Pioneer Valley Data Collaborative was created in 2017 by a group of regional foundations seeking to provide nonprofits, funders, municipalities, and the public with accurate, accessible data to guide honest community dialogue and informed strategy.

Through a collaborative process, they have created this tool with the intention of establishing transparency around the needs, progress, and outcomes of programs in the Pioneer Valley by building off of previous regional efforts - most notably the Pioneer Valley State of the People report and the ROADS (Regional Organizations, Advanced Data Sharing) partners’ Pioneer Valley Data Portal.

The Pioneer Valley Data Collaborative now proudly offers this latest version of a years-long endeavor to provide the region with the data it needs in its most accessible forms - bringing to bear all of the technological and conceptual advances made since the Portal’s first launch. We invite you to engage and deploy this data as we strive to build a community of learners using the most current information to inform debate and decisions of regional importance.


Community Partners

Baystate Health
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