Research

UNITED WAY OF LANCASTER COUNTY IS ENGAGED IN ONGOING RESEARCH AND REPORTING AS WE WORK TOWARD OUR FOUR BOLD GOALS BY 2025. 

Franklin & Marshall College’s Center for Opinion Research helped us reach out to residents, nonprofit service providers, United Way investors, and community leaders to paint a vision for the future. From Denver to Quarryville, Columbia to Paradise, we listened. From front line service providers, educators, and healthcare professionals to government, faith, and business leaders—and, of course, our United Way donors, we learned about the change they wanted to make happen in Lancaster County.

 
 

Community Conversations are forums where business leaders, community leaders, and residents come together to discuss their localized community aspirations, the barriers perceived in achieving them, and the ways and means to achieve them.

 
  1. Collective Impact Progress
    The United Way of Lancaster County's collective impact model brings together Community Impact Partners that work collaboratively towards achieving our Four Bold Goals across Lancaster County. Our Partners work with The Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College to measure progress and outcomes.

  2. Social Media Listening
    The social media “listening” service Radian6 is used to follow local social media and news site conversations around topics of community importance.

  3. Prosperity Indicators Report
    Sharing a vision of Lancaster County being “a model of prosperity for 21st century America,” The Lancaster Chamber of Commerce & Industry, the Lancaster County Community Foundation, United Way of Lancaster County and the County of Lancaster formed a partnership in 2011 to develop a program to monitor how the county is doing in realizing this vision. The program evolved into a prosperity indicators project called Building A Prosperous Community. LNP Media Group, Inc. joined as a media partner in 2014 to help raise awareness of the community’s work on the indicators.

  4. Community Needs Assessment Survey and Community Needs Report
    The Center for Opinion Research at Franklin and Marshall College designed and administered a survey of Lancaster County residents to provide data for the United Way’s Community Needs Report. The Community Needs Report allows the United Way to document the needs and challenges facing the county’s citizens, families, and the agencies serving them.