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Community Report Card grades Truckee Tahoe economic wellbeing, health and education

Staff report

TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee (CCTT), a program of the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation (TTCF), is proud to announce the culmination of a three-year Community Report Card effort.

This new Report Card utilizes Results Scorecard 3.0 to measure community indicators and highlights economic wellbeing, health and education trends.

The on-line Scorecard updates key indicators measured in the 2007 Community Report Card and ranges from the median cost of housing to immunization rates. Through access to real-time data and trends, agencies and the community at large will be able to plan and review strategies and programs that create positive change for children, families, seniors and community members.

"Our 45 partners are truly dedicated to making our community a better place," said the Collaborative's Director Alison Schwedner. "One of the questions we have grappled with is how to show community investments in our agencies are creating results … We are thrilled to finally have a tool that will highlight the impact of our collective work and shine the light on areas that need focus.

"Because of the partnership created with Tahoe Truckee Unified School District, Tahoe Forest Hospital District, and Nevada and Placer Counties, we were able to come to a collective agreement on how to manage the data and track our community indicators."

VOLUME OF DATA

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The online scorecard is publicly accessible via CCTT's website (www.communitycollaborative.org) and represents a volume of data from different sources. Because there is a vast amount of data, Collaborative partners determined the best indicators to create "issue briefings." Together, they worked to condense key data and highlight efforts in the following areas: education; health; economics and demographics; youth substance abuse (Tahoe Truckee Future Without Drug Dependence Coalition); and third-grade reading (Tahoe Truckee Reads).

According to Phebe Bell, Nevada and Placer County Tahoe Truckee Program Manager, "There really is no better organization to coordinate this work than the Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee. The partnering agencies … must all work together not only to track the data, but then to interpret it … The goal is to ultimately develop strategy that can guide future impact."

"The Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation is proud that our Collaborative partners have given so much of their time and energy to creating this tool," said TTCF's CEO Stacy

Caldwell.

The Community Collaborative of Tahoe Truckee is comprised of over 45 health, education and social service agencies that work to support residents' fundamental needs. CCTT is supported by the Tahoe Truckee Community Foundation, S.H. Cowell Foundation and First 5 of Nevada and Placer Counties.

For more information, contact Director Alison Schwedner at alison@communitycollaborative.org or call 530-587-1776.