United Church of Christ

About The Center for Analytics, Research and Development and Data (CARDD)

To gather and provide data and research for ministry transformation.

To empower and champion innovation and change for a just world for all.


CARDD - UCC Mission Vision Alignment

**A card is an item that usually offers the user certain types of information. For example, a playing card possesses a combination of numbers and colors that signifies its role in relation to other cards and the larger game. An index card provides notes for a speech or a recipe to make a hearty meal. The Center for Analytics, Research, Development and Data functions in much the same way-our role is to serve as the UCC's "card" that provides both raw data and applied information to individuals, congregations, and judicatory bodies for a larger purpose.

Staff Overview:

Dr. Erica Dollhopf, Director

  • Provides leadership, vision, and supervision for the center
  • Identifies emerging research and assessment needs within the United Church of Christ national setting and develops an on-going program and strategies to meet those needs; coordinates annual Statistical Reports on the state of the denomination
  • Acts as a research advisor to the UCC Board and Covenanted Ministries
  • Collaborates with relevant entities on selected social science research projects on new and emerging ministry issues, including ecumenical and seminary partners
  • Coordinates with national, conference, association, local church, and other related settings on research and assessment-related issues

Ms. Destiny Hisey, Associate Director

  • Provides centralized oversight of the denominational Data Hub including user management and training
  • Coordinates and oversees continued expansion and implementation of the Data Hub (to include lists and records maintained by national staff, conference/associations, churches, etc.)
  • Convenes a data management working table across all covenanted ministries and related groups
  • Serves as the managing editor of the UCC Yearbook & Directory

Ms. Taylor Russell, Research Specialist

  • Assists with the ongoing development and execution of CARDD's research agenda/schedule, including analysis, report writing, and consultations on surveys and other assessments across all Covenanted Ministries
  • Coordinates the web-based communication and presence for the center, including website and social media accounts
  • Functions as the primary administrator and marketer for Access UCC; monitors the Access UCC email account
  • Collects financial information from conferences and data from various related organizations for Yearbook reporting
  • Updates and produces Yearbook annual reports such as, clergy compensation, "5 for 5" recognition, and Special Offerings

Ms. Rachel Duncan, Administrative and Research Assistant

  • Provides general administrative support and assistance for the center
  • Assists with the oversight and maintenance of the UCC Data Hub through data retrieval and verification
  • Communicates with Conferences and Associations on database issues and responds to general questions
  • Monitors UCC Yearbook email account

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