Mission: 3rc's mission is to improve lives by empowering communities with insight that leads to action which is rooted in the fundamental belief in the power of information analysis for communities as the key driver of better decisions that lead to better lives. Within this framework, these communities can be more efficient and effective at helping our children, youth, and families succeed by ensuring the right support services are available that are necessary to build strong communities.
Target demographics: Our goal is to get the “right information to the right people at the right time” so that decision makers … families, educators, agency executives and government officials can make the best possible decisions about how to choose services, allocate resources, and deliver programs as efficiently as possible. We are building a regional Information Commons to unify information about our community in a way that will give us a better understanding of the issues and a data-driven foundation for planning and analysis.We envision a region where decision makers and community leaders have simple ways to access data, use good information to make informed policy and investment decisions, combine their passion for social issues with good quantitative analysis, build successful creative collaborations, and utilize innovative technology to efficiently manage regional information assets.
Geographic areas served: Pittsbugh Region
Programs: Working with leaders in primary and secondary education, 3rc has applied our federated search solution to a broad collection of education resources at the local, regional, state, national and even international levels. By using the dynamic resource portal (drp), educators can spend less time looking for resources and more time instructing students. A single search returns the most effective resources, combining results from licensed resources, as well as open government and industry educational resource repositories. Drp also provides a convenient vehicle for sharing resources with others, within your organization and across your field.
southwestern pa afterschool resource collaboration (sparc) is the creation of an organized system of information about non-school hour programs and services in southwestern pa to help guide planning decisions and consumer choice.
the goal of the ecr project was to develop a comprehensive system for infrmation collection across multiple sets of existing data and integrate the results in a data as a service (daas) solution.
I was a part of a group that met several times over the course of last year to offer feedback concerning a database that 3rc was putting together. The database includes information about youth programs in Pittsburgh and the surrounding area. They really are doing an incredible job trying to create a central database for information for funders and program providers. The site is www.swpaafterschool.org. It really is an incredible database that everyone should check out.
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The Computer Clubhouse was an amazing project that I saw come to being when I was working in East Liberty. Bringing truly quality technology to underserved neighborhoods is not a new concept. However, also bringing people and programming that took full advantage of the technology and expanded participants skills and horizons is. Kudos, 3RC!
This organization provides a great resource, particularly for nonprofits in the Pittsburgh area. The information for so many different services is in one location. For instance, I was looking for a comprehensive list of after school programs in the area through the humanservices.net, and it was so nice to just be able to go there to find the information, instead of having to google it and hope I get good results.