The CARES Engagement Network is a free, online resource for accessing data, maps, and community needs assessments. Communities across the nation use the Engagement Network to support grant writing, program development, and data-driven decision-making.
The Center for Applied Research and Engagement Systems (CARES) at the University of Missouri develops and supports mapping, reporting, and collaboration systems that enable public and nonprofit sector organizations to effectively address pressing community issues. The CARES team integrates data, mapping, visualization, and engagement tools to better serve communities and regions across the US, including vulnerable and underserved populations. CARES web-based technologies help organizations and policymakers make data-driven decisions about access, equity, and allocation of resources.
CARES has collaborated on projects with support from a number of foundations, non-profit organizations, government agencies, and partnering university researchers. Selected funders include Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, WK Kellogg Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, National Science Foundation, US Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, US News, Missouri Department of Economic Development, and the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. Through these collaborations, CARES has developed a significant portfolio for data collection and management, web-based content delivery, and spatial analysis.
In 2017, CARES made a strategic move to University of Missouri Extension and Engagement. This move enables our center to align its data, technologies, and tools with extension field faculty across the US to support people, places, and processes. Also, as part of this alignment effort, our center is building out its national Engagement Network; an open data platform that includes robust mapping and reporting systems for organizations addressing community, regional, and state-level issues.