While local data is preferred by many tribes, it may not be feasible to obtain. In that case, finding state or national data is the next best option.

Coalition Framework: Community Engagement


  1. Identify what data is needed:
    1. Evidence that your issue is important
    2. Evidence that there is a problem
    3. Evidence that your policy will create change
  2. Search for data from organizations related to your topic of interest (e.g. American Lung Association, American Cancer Society, State Department of Health, etc.). See Resources & Partners for more ideas.
  3. Search for data from organizations related to your population of interest (e.g. Regional Tribal Epi Centers, National Indian Health Board, CDC Office of Tribal Affairs, other tribes with more experience/data, etc.). See Resources & Partners for more ideas.
  4. Identify what questions are most meaningful to support your goal.
  5. Compile the results into a report and share them with coalition and community members, Tribal leaders, and other stakeholders.



  • What data is missing?
  • Did the data lead to a new problem that should become a priority?

What if?

You struggle to narrow down what you’re looking for and feel overwhelmed…

  • Just start searching and the convincing data will jump out at you.
  • Ask key stakeholders what data would be important to them.
  • Attend a conference related to your topic or population.


  • An epidemiologist from your State Department of Health or a University is a great resource.
  • Not everything found on the internet can be trusted—make sure data sources are reliable.
  • Create local statistics using national data.

Čaŋlí Coalition Example

CDC infographic about the number of children alive today who will die from tobacco-related illnesses. Canli Coalition graphic that says 1 in 6 kids on the Cheyenne River Reservation will die from tobacco if we don't make a change.
  • National statistic:
    19% smoking rate =
    1 in 13 children
    will die from smoking
  • Local statistic:
    51% smoking rate =
    1 in 6 children
    will die from smoking