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Metro Social Services Strategic Planning and Research

The Metropolitan Charter (Section 11.1102) assigns Metro Social Services the duty of making social investigations, and engaging in study and research regarding the cause of financial dependency and methods of treating such dependency.

Our staff study and analyze community demographics and socio-economic trends with a focus on families who are struggling financially, survey community residents, and publish documents about the data. We also work with Social Services Program staff to use data to help design programs that will be most effective.

Our success in helping community stakeholders make data-based decisions depends on the engagement of local, state and federal agencies, along with nonprofit organizations, working together in a concerted manner.

Improving the system of social/human services for those in need requires the coordinated efforts of multiple entities because no organization can do it all and no organization can do it alone. This process provides Davidson County with the opportunity to make lasting and meaningful improvements in the way services are provided to persons in need in the 21st Century.

Strategic Planning Staff

Contact Person Phone
Abdelghani Barre, Assistant Director of Administration and Research
(Workforce and Economic Opportunity)
Dr. Garrett Harper, Social Data Analyst 615-862-6494
Lee Stewart, Social Data Analyst
(Housing and Neighborhoods)
Julius Witherspoon, Social Data Analyst
(Food and Nutrition, Long-Term Services and Supports-Senior/Adult)

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