Detroit Metro Area Communities Study (DMACS)

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

The DMACS team has collected data from a representative sample of more than 1,200 City of Detroit community members in several surveys.

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 and toplines from several surveys are provided below.

Topline Questionaire
A full list of survey questions, results and methodology for the DMACS surveys.
Fall 2018 (PDF)
Summer 2018 (PDF)

Topline Questionnaire
A full list of survey questions, results and methodology for the DMACS surveys.
Winter 2017 (PDF)

Executive Summary
Overview of survey purpose and key findings.
Winter 2017 (PDF)

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

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 examining select issues in depth.

Methodology
Details about the DMACS fall 2016 survey methodology.
Fall 2016 (PDF)

The Detroit Metro 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 it 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 online 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.

Topline Questionnaire
A full list of survey questions, results and methodology for the MorningSide survey.
Summer 2017 (PDF)

Executive Summary
Overview of survey purpose and key findings.
Summer 2017 (PDF)

 

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