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The biennial publication of the Children of Metropolitan St. Louis Report produces a large and occasionally inapproachable amount of data. The InfoCenter online database of CMSL data was developed to help individual persons and agencies find the exact data they need for the purposes of grant writing, program evaluation, community assessment and general practice knowledge.

How do I….

…find data by geography?

From the main page of the InfoCenter, under “Explore,” click “ZIP Codes” or “School Districts,” to see a list of available choices. To see crime data, which is reported by neighborhood or municipality, select “Safe Neighborhoods & Strong Communities in the left hand column, then select the indicator; results will show the neighborhood or municipality, by name.

…compare multiple years or geographies?

From the main page of the InfoCenter, click “Create a Custom Report.”

…find data by topic.?

Under “Browse,” click on one of the Fundamental Need Areas. A list of available indicators will appear under the heading.

…find data on the 5 St. Louis counties, on Missouri or Illinois, or the United States?

When viewing an indicator, the bottom right corner of the page will contain a box label, “Data Notes.” This box contains information on calculations, and comparative norms for Missouri, Illinois and the United States, when available.

…find the definitions of terms and indicators?

See the glossary for information about the terms and names of indicators and what they mean.

…find the source of the data reported in the InfoCenter?

Click here (link) to view a References page for InfoCenter data.

…find the “worst” or “best” performing geographies?

The data set on an indicator page will display, by default, the top ten values in the data set. Click “View All Data” to view more than the top 10 data values. From here, click the last page of results to view the lowest values in the data set.

…view a graph of the data?

From an indicator page, click “View All Data,” then click “View Graph.”

…export or print the data?

Click on the “Export” function to produce a document in CSV (comma separated value) form or spreadsheet form. Click “Print” to produce a print-friendly version.

…find the raw data or the raw numbers used to determine the percentage data?

Click here to view a spreadsheet containing the raw data for the 2009-10 CMSL. Call the Vision For Children At Risk offices at 314-534-6015, or contact the Research Coordinator (mcallon@visionforchildren.org) for additional years or other information.