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Valuable Data, Valuable YOU
How you can help to increase the collective impact of a national dataset
By Daina Ajayi

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s park and recreation professionals, we have a responsibility to invest in
improving the quality of life within our communities. By improving our
agencies, we can collectively expand our reach, increasing the impact that
the park and recreation industry has on the lives of citizens across the country. The
information we collect about our agencies should reveal how we are leveraging our
resources and capabilities to improve lives and provide access to the parks, open
spaces and facilities we strive to preserve and maintain. With changing demographics and population needs, having credible data to make effective decisions about the
future is a priority. The data analyzed and collected in PRORAGIS™ enables your
agency to make responsible choices to meet and address your community's needs,
which allows you to directly impact the quality of life in your area.
Increasing the collective impact of
park and recreation agencies relies on
our ability to measure how we are doing nationally when dealing with complex issues such as hunger, public health
and youth development. National data
can be analyzed to provide a glimpse
into how park and recreation agencies
are currently providing access to a better
quality of life for all individuals.
Hunger
Meals provided during the school
day are the only source of food
for some children. The number of
agencies providing before- and after-school feeding programs has
steadily increased. Summer presents
a challenge of its own with both the
cost of summer camp programs and
the ability to provide meals to the
children who are able to attend. The
number of agencies providing meals
during summer camp has increased
in recent years to almost 35 percent.
Often living on limited incomes,
seniors also face the issue of going
hungry. The number of agencies providing meals to seniors has increased
steadily along with the number of

seniors served each week. Using the
data in PRORAGIS to develop programs that serve such needy individuals is critical to the overall wellness
of our communities.
Public Health
Promoting the well-being of communities is an essential part of encouraging
individuals to take an active role and
interest in addressing their health. Using the data in PRORAGIS to position
your agency for funding support in the
maintenance and development of facilities and healthy living activities increases your efficiency and impact. According to current data, 74.3 percent of
agencies offer recreation centers, 34.1
percent offer fitness centers, 88.2 percent run adult sports leagues, 55.9 percent provide an edible garden program
and 20 percent manage a farm market.
Allowing residents to buy, grow and
sell locally increases the impact your
agency has on the local community.
Youth Development
Juvenile crime rates are at their highest in the after-school hours between
3 p.m. and 7 p.m. and on weekends

between 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Slightly
more than 60 percent of agencies surveyed offer teen-specific programs.
Programming aimed at teens during
these times has seen immense success
in reducing juvenile and community
crime. Youths often struggle with developing their identities in the transition to adulthood. Many agencies
have implemented juvenile crime-prevention programs, which have positively influenced entire communities
and reduced overall crime. We must
identify the areas of concern within our communities and utilize our
parks, open spaces and facilities to
turn challenges into triumphs.
Issues such as these do not discriminate based on agency size or capability. Your data will continue to increase
the power of PRORAGIS as we develop an outstanding national dataset
that will improve the lives of millions.
While you may think your data is only
important for your agency, your contribution to the PRORAGIS database
enables your peers to more accurately compare themselves to a variety
of agencies, increasing the quality of
information that they have to make
fact-driven decisions. Your data impacts everyone who uses PRORAGIS!
We need your input on how PRORAGIS can assist the entire park and
recreation community in increasing
our collective impact. Share your ideas
for generating the collective impact of
the parks and recreation industry with
us at PRORAGIS@nrpa.org.
Daina Ajayi is NRPA's Research Specialist
(dajayi@nrpa.org).

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