The Kronkosky Charitable Foundation has partnered with CI:Now to conduct Phase II of a local assessment to learn more about the San Antonio area’s population of adults with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other intellectual and developmental disability (IDD). In the exploratory Phase I portion of the assessment, CI:Now worked with Kronkosky, Autism Lifeline Links, area service providers, adults with ASD/IDD and their families, and advocates to begin to understand the number, strengths, and needs of this population, as well as key policies, funding streams, and workforce capacity issues affecting our region’s ability to meet their needs effectively. Phase II will yield estimates of the size and demographics of the local population of adults with ASD/IDD, learn what we can about their needs and strengths, quantify the current capacity of the local service system, and lay the groundwork for system change to make this a better community for our families, friends, and neighbors with ASD/IDD to thrive. The assessment is scheduled for completion in February 2018.
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.
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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.