CI:Now gave an update on key activities of and lessons learned from helping organize the Alamo Regional Data Alliance at the November 2017 final convening of the Civic Tech & Data Collaborative (CTDC), a cooperative effort of Living Cities, Code for America, and the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. San Antonio won a slot as a CTDC Learning City in fall 2015.
CI:Now has deployed a new tool to allow people to suggest ideas for new indicators, boundaries, and features to add to the Viz-a-lyzer. You can submit your idea and vote on others’ ideas here. And while you’re up anyway, subscribe to our newsletter to hear about new Viz-a-lyzer releases.
The Rivard Report‘s Emily Royall, Data Director, wrote an article on CI:Now’s new Viz-a-lyzer and its role in helping San Antonians use data to make better decisions.
She also noted the recent election of the Alamo Regional Data Alliance‘s (ARDA’s) inaugural Steering Committee. ARDA is a key vehicle for local collaboration to improve our community’s data literacy, access to trustworthy data, and data use.
Norma Garza previewed a new data tool at the Fall 2017 partners meeting of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. The ACS Playdoh Factory, in the works now by our frequent co-conspirator Jef Waltman, makes it easier to query and aggregate American Community Survey data for custom groupings of variables and geographies. The session video is available on NNIP’s YouTube channel.
Laura McKieran presented with April Urban from Case Western Reserve on rethinking the local data intermediary role in our local communities at the Fall 2017 partners meeting of the National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership. Offering examples from Cleveland and San Antonio (including the Alamo Regional Data Alliance), the session invited partners to think beyond traditional data work and consider how they might help build stronger and more collaborative local data ecosystems in their communities. The session video will be available soon on NNIP’s YouTube channel.
CI:Now’s new Viz-a-lyzer is an interactive tool for people to visually explore and analyze (visual… viz… viz-a-lyze… get it?) Bexar County data by zip code tract area and year, with comparisons to Bexar County, Texas, and the United States where available. We’ll be adding new indicators and features several times a year – subscribe to our newsletter to hear when a new release is out.
Many thanks to The Health Collaborative and the Kronkosky Charitable Foundation for the investments that allowed us to build the Viz-a-lyzer. Thanks also to SA2020, The Nonprofit Council, The Health Collaborative’s Data Committee and staff, and the nonprofits that tested an early version to help us make sure we were building a tool that meets local need.
Here are some of the Viz-a-lyzer‘s key features:
- Maps key indicators by zip code area
- Charts a five-year trend line where available
- Spits out an image you can drop directly into your grant application or strategic plan
- Shows you which zip codes are best and worst for a given indicator
- Gives you county and state benchmark data where available
- Lets you filter by school district or county precinct (city council districts coming soon!)
Go here for an introduction to each part of the Viz-a-lyzer – what it tells you and how to use it. Or just head on over to viz.cinow.info and start exploring.
Commissioned by the United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County on behalf of a broader partnership, this Westside Promise Neighborhood Profile presents quantitative data to inform planning for a Westside Promise Neighborhood. As described in greater detail in the Technical Notes, the Neighborhood Profile draws on reliable state and local datasets to paint a quantitative picture of area characteristics and of the strengths of and challenges faced by the children and families who live there. The data presented here are intended to complement and inform community voice emerging from the qualitative data and critical conversations held with neighborhood families and partner agencies like San Antonio Independent School District.
The Neighborhood Profile is organized into five topical sections:
- Physical Characteristics and Population;
- Households and Families;
- Employment, Income, and Poverty;
- Education; and
- Health and Safety.
A supplementary Technical Notes section provides reference maps, notes on data sources, and cautions.