The forum will include a 30-minute slide presentation highlighting current statistical data of social indicators that measure the needs of certain populations in Oneida County. Local population trends in several areas, including poverty, education and health will be discussed.
Social indicators have long been used as public policy research tool to determine the needs of various "at risk" populations. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer period, after which there will be facilitated small group discussion. Forum attendees will include providers of human services, as well as County Executive Ralph Eannace and John Dingman, chairman of the Oneida County Human Services Funder's Council.
The presentation will be made by Resource Center Research Coordinator Kimberly Torres and Hamilton student researchers Christopher Plecs and Robert Wild. Over the last six months, the research team has worked in conjunction with several county agencies to compile data and measure over 40 social indicators.
"This forum is an excellent opportunity for anyone who is interested in gaining a holistic view of social service needs in Oneida County," says Torres. "It is also a wonderful occasion for suppliers of a wide variety of services to meet and discuss coordination of their efforts which will result in a better allocation of resources." Torres and her team will use feedback from the forum to identify other key indicators and to refine their findings
County Executive Eannace stresses that "the Resource Center is a good example of various sectors working cooperatively to facilitate progress in Oneida County."
The Resource Center, the brainchild of the Oneida County Funder's Council, is based at the Arthur Levitt Public Affairs Center at Hamilton College and began operation in April 1997. The Center brings together Oneida County and United Way planners with Hamilton faculty and students to address human services needs in the county.