Nexus Dashboard

A collection of insights, stories and datapoints on the well-being of North Carolina residents.

Coming Soon: Institute for Family Nexus Dashboard

Explore the Nexus Dashboard to uncover powerful insights derived from the North Carolina Family Insight Pilot Survey. Dive into the data to understand what families in your community need to thrive. Download the executive summary to preview key results and gain a comprehensive overview. Our dashboard offers a glimpse into the fundamental pillars identified by families.


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About the North Carolina Family Insight Survey

This pilot survey aimed to understand the diverse experiences of North Carolina residents regarding family life in their communities. Through this survey, hundreds of residents shared their perspectives on various aspects of community life, including the support they feel and the challenges they face. The goal is to gain a comprehensive understanding of community dynamics, uncovering the nuances that impact residents’ well-being. By participating in the survey, individuals contribute to a shared narrative about the realities of life in North Carolina. Results showcase areas of focus for community advocates to increase family well-being in the state.

Survey Dimensions

The pilot survey honed in on seven pivotal dimensions crucial for family well-being. These dimensions were carefully selected by the Institute after thorough analysis of child welfare research in the field. We compiled common themes representing a broad spectrum of factors essential for families to thrive. Each dimension provides a comprehensive framework for understanding the multifaceted needs of families in today’s world.

  1. Economic and financial security
  2. Education and work opportunities
  3. Community engagement
  4. High-quality family relationships
  5. Public and personal health
  6. Community supports and infrastructure
  7. Safe, family-focused neighborhoods. 

About the Institute for Family Nexus Dashboard

The Family Insight Survey showed that families had a lot to say about what they needed to thrive.  Thriving, at its most basic level, includes the opportunity to work with employers who pay fair wages; and access to the housing and healthcare they need to raise strong and stable families.  Families are saying that they want quality education for their kids and opportunities to engage and select who will lead and decide the important issues facing their communities.  Use the pulldown menu to reveal where each county stands on these basic building blocks of what families say they need to thrive.

dashboard Data sources


Data  Resource
Top 5 employers North Carolina Department of Commerce 
Voter Turnout  North Carolina State Board of Elections
Polling locations North Carolina State Board of Elections
Grocery stores U.S. Census Bureau: Economic Census
Median Family Income The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Kids Count Data Center
Children under age 18 with no parent in the labor force The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Kids Count Data Center
Housing Units where Householders spend at least 30% of income on housing The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Kids Count Data Center
Children below 100% poverty The Annie E. Casey Foundation: Kids Count Data Center
Average of School Performance Grades  NC School Report Cards
Total number of child care facilities in North Carolina  North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, Division of Child Development and Early Education
Births to women receiving very late or no prenatal care  North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, State Center for Health Statistics
Uninsured populations by age group in NC US Census Bureau
Child Abuse and Neglect Reports Investigated and Substantiated in NC  UNC School of Social Work
Children under the age of 18 in Foster Care  UNC School of Social Work

Get Involved By Sharing Your Narrative

We want to hear from all North Carolina residents about life in communities across the state. Hear stories with local families produced by the Institute for Family. Visit the Shine on North Carolina campaign webpage to learn how to share your story, from home and in your own words.

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Dive Deeper

See additional insights in the Institute for Family Light Lab and Center for Learning.

Light Lab


Explore simplified topical papers on child welfare and fmaily topics. Our Light Papers and articles offer insights for professionals, advocates and families.

Center for Learning


Dive into immersive trainings that prioritize family-centered practice. These on-demand courses are learner-driven and virtual.

Seen Out Loud Podcast


Hear honest conversations with families and professionals about what it takes to support family well-being across systems.