Detroit Metropolitan Area Communities Study (DMACS)

The Detroit Metropolitan Area Communities Study (DMACS) is a University of Michigan initiative, designed to regularly survey a broad, representative group of Detroit area residents about their communities, including their experiences, perceptions, priorities, and aspirations.

The DMACS team has collected data from a representative sample of over 700 City of Detroit residents in two surveys fielded in the Fall of 2016 and Winter of 2017

Examples of topics covered in these initial surveys include quality of life, priorities for change in the metro area, the impact of recent investments in Downtown and Midtown Detroit on different populations, sense of community and social cohesion, transportation and mobility, public safety, police-community relations, decisions about whether and when to move, activism and voluntarism, the role of government and trust in government institutions, views on inequality and race relations, and health and health care coverage.

Results from the Fall 2016 DMACS survey are provided below

Topline Questionnaire
A full list of survey questions, results and methodology for the DMACS surveys.
Fall 2016 (PDF)

Executive Summary
Overview of survey purpose and key findings.
Fall 2016 (PDF)

Key Topic Areas
A set of topic area reports that examining select issues in depth.

The Detroit Metropolitan Area Communities Study (DMACS) Neighborhoods Project is a new endeavor that extends the DMACS work by focusing more narrowly, and deeply, on specific local neighborhoods within the City. A critical element of this work is engaging with key stakeholders in the neighborhoods in which we are working. This includes meeting with community organizations and residents before, during, and after the data collection, and also involves employing local residents and U-M students to work together in teams as data collectors.

The surveys are web-based, and accessible via smartphone, tablet, or computer; encouraging and facilitating on-line completion is an important focus of the project. The initial phase of the Neighborhoods Project was run as a pilot to test and perfect the survey and its delivery, as well as the opportunities for community involvement. Ultimately, we hope to extend this work into additional neighborhoods across the City in order to assess the impact of various initiatives and neighborhood improvements on area residents, and provide critical insights that will guide future policy decisions.

Project Leads
Jeffrey Morenoff, Institute for Social Research, College of Literature, Science and the Arts, Department of Sociology
Elisabeth Gerber, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy, Institute for Social Research
Conan Smith, Washtenaw County Commissioner