Community Information Now

turning data into information Texas communities can use to improve our common well-being

Month: May 2017

Mayor’s Housing Summit: using data for neighborhood resiliency

CI:Now’s Laura McKieran presented as part of the Resilient Neighborhoods panel at the 2017 Mayor’s Housing Summit.  Environmental, economic, and social stressors can all have a negative impact on individuals, families and social networks, and neighborhoods and cities. But data can be used to understand current conditions, historical trends and likely future scenarios, relationships among issues, and demographic and geographic patterns, helping us prevent and mitigate both acute and chronic disasters from flash to floods to persistent intergenerational poverty.

NNIP Panel: Advancing the Role of Neighborhoods in Health

Laura McKieran participated in a panel at the May 2017 National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership meeting on Advancing the Role of Neighborhoods in Health. Her presentation focused on how partners can work with health information exchanges (HIEs) to integrate data on person and place to assess neighborhood and population conditions, target and evaluate interventions, and explore and show relationships between neighborhood well-being and individual well-being.

Newsletter: Alamo Regional Data Alliance, new ReadyKidSA Scorecard, racial diversity

CI:Now’s May 2017 newsletter announces the new Alamo Regional Data Alliance (ARDA), highlights our data support to the ReadyKidSA Coalition, showcases PolicyLink’s racial diversity data for San Antonio zip code tract areas, and introduces team member Norma Garza.

United Way contracts CI:Now to collect and map child and family well-being data

The United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County has contracted with CI:Now to compile and map a number of indicators of child and family well-being, including EDI kinder-readiness, third-grade reading, family income and poverty, family educational attainment, residential mobility, family violence, child abuse and neglect reports and victims, late or no prenatal care, employment instability, military service, and VIA bus stops and routes. Most of the maps will be static (pdf) thematic maps with overlays, but CI:Now will also build an interactive scatterplot tool to allow United Way to explore relationships among issues by zip code.

CI:Now introduces ARDA to the Alamo Area GIS User Group

On May 9, 2017 CI:Now’s Laura McKieran presented on the new Alamo Regional Data Alliance (ARDA) to the Alamo Area GIS User Group, introducing ARDA’s vision, new community strategy, and ways to get involved.