The Importance of Data

Throughout countless interviews with community leaders during the Strategic Planning process, we heard the desire for measurable results and greater collaboration to address community needs.

According to interviews, Greater Omaha has a strong service base but needs to reach the next level.

The Omaha metro area has a culture of philanthropy and caring, and some strong organizations:

  • Broad range of agencies and other organizations in the community to serve needs
  • Some strong organizations working effectively to address needs in the community
  • Funder/other partners and individuals truly committed to local community
  • Well-supported independent community initiatives and efforts - some with track records or early progress

However, long-term solutions for Greater Omaha will require enhanced leadership, coordination and collaboration.

Success requires progress on intractable issues (e.g., cycles of poverty), which will necessitate new capabilities and strategies:

  • Building broad community awareness of needs and solutions
  • Collaborating and partnering across different organizations and fields
  • Developing skills and discipline to track and manage results
  • Focusing on prevention and not just short-term fixes
  • Need to reduce duplication and increase coordination of number of disparate, disconnected efforts in the community
  • Many note overlap, inefficiency, and lack of coordination across community efforts