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Innovations in Data for Decision Making

  1. 1. Innovations in Data for Decision Making Rebecca Lee Jessica Cigna
  2. 2. <ul><li>Rebecca Lee, Associate Director of The Information Group at The Providence Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Jessica Cigna, Urban Information Specialist at The Providence Plan’s Information Group </li></ul>About your speakers
  3. 3. <ul><li>Large data warehouse </li></ul><ul><li>  </li></ul><ul><li>Develop data tools that help people to access and make sense of this vast collection of information </li></ul><ul><li>This is accomplished through: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Established data sharing agreements </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>HEALTH </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>RIDE </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DCYF </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Significant technical capacity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Database programming, data analysis & presentation, web design, spatial analysis </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Non-government intermediary role beneficial </li></ul></ul>ProvPlan’s Role
  4. 4. Advances in Web Programming and Support for the Democratization of Data Led to an Explosion of Innovative Tools Innovations in Data For Decision Making
  5. 5. <ul><li>Resources are needed to gather </li></ul><ul><li>information so as to make decisions about scarce resources </li></ul><ul><li>Shrinking budgets leave little room for information gathering critical to decision making </li></ul><ul><li>Saturation of Data Products </li></ul><ul><li>Real Time Data hard to come by </li></ul>Resource Dilemma
  6. 6. <ul><li>More then just building a website, building data tools for </li></ul><ul><li>use online </li></ul><ul><li>Applying Open Source code </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Replication and advancement in services </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Web applications </li></ul><ul><li>Highly interactive software </li></ul><ul><ul><li>users can select preferences, export information </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sophisticated privacy and security measures constantly evolving </li></ul>Web Programming
  7. 7. <ul><li>Information should be available to all to help </li></ul><ul><li>educate the public and inform decisions </li></ul><ul><li>Support for making data available to the public is growing </li></ul><ul><li>Local and State Government agencies find value to sharing their information </li></ul>Democratization of Data
  8. 8. <ul><li>Free, public data tools are now available due to advances in programming and a willingness to share information </li></ul><ul><li>Today’s data tools are multifaceted </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Access is as easy as opening a website </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Visualize large datasets quickly </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Interactivity allows users to customize selections </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Copy or Create graphics for easy presentation material </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Follow changes and trends overtime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Share information with colleagues, clients, or constituents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Download data to use as you need </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Upload your own data to visualize maps, graphs, charts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Most are cost effective- Free </li></ul></ul>Innovations in Data Tools
  9. 9. <ul><li>Data gathering can be done in-house </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Fast turn around for grant writing and applications </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sites provide data across topics </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quickly create graphics for documents or presentations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cut and paste images or download data to create your own </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Use Data Stories in meetings to share information and educate your audience </li></ul><ul><li>Easily direct questions about data and information to online tools </li></ul>Using Online Data Tools to Make Decisions
  10. 10. <ul><li>RI DataHUB </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-Agency Data Visualization Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ProvPlan and RI Department of Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>InfoWorks LIVE! </li></ul><ul><li>Education and School Survey Statistics </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ProvPlan and RI Department of Education </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Rhode Island Community Profiles </li></ul><ul><li>Census, Health, Crime data and more </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ProvPlan and The Rhode Island Foundation </li></ul></ul>Rhode Island Data Innovations
  11. 11. <ul><li>Best uses include: </li></ul><ul><li>-Compare Schools in RI </li></ul><ul><li>-Upload and visualize your own data </li></ul><ul><li>-Data Stories </li></ul><ul><li>Visualize any data, not just educational. RI DataHUB can support any data source. </li></ul><ul><li>Interactive data tools allow users to easily explore data, select new indicators, and create subgroups </li></ul><ul><li>Data Stories walk the user through an example of how researchers, policy-makers, and the public can use this powerful analytical tool to make decisions. </li></ul><ul><li>Cross-agency data indicators add potential to address previously unanswerable policy questions </li></ul><ul><li>http :// / </li></ul>RI DataHUB
  12. 12. <ul><li>Best uses include: </li></ul><ul><li>-Writing grants for school districts </li></ul><ul><li>-Learning about the student population in your city or town </li></ul><ul><li>-Per Pupil Tax Information </li></ul><ul><li>User Friendly School Data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>School Demographics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Proficiency NECAP </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graduation Rates </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Educational Expenditures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SurveyWorks – A survey of students </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Available at the Statewide, District, and School Level </li></ul><ul><li>Presentation-ready downloadable format </li></ul><ul><li> / </li></ul>InfoWorks LIVE!
  13. 13. <ul><li>Best uses include: </li></ul><ul><li>-2000 and 2010 Census data </li></ul><ul><li>-Comparing cities and towns in RI </li></ul><ul><li>-Downloadable Tables and Charts at any Data Level </li></ul><ul><li>Data in Maps, Tables, Charts, and Graphs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Each downloadable or save to your shelf </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-Generated Counts, Percents, and Change figures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Please excuse our work in progress – we are so close! </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Datasets include </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Census & ACS, 200, 2010, 2006-2010 ACS </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Health </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Crime </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>and more to come </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Data available At State through Census Tract level </li></ul><ul><ul><li> / (beta version) </li></ul></ul>Rhode Island Community Profiles
  14. 14. <ul><li>Massachusetts </li></ul><ul><li>The Boston Indicators Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up- to – Date Tables and Charts on a range of topics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>http :// / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Metro Boston DataCommon </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Current data, Online mapping resource, proficient request & help center </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Connecticut </li></ul><ul><li>DataHaven </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Up- to – Date Tables and Charts for SouthCentral CT </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> / </li></ul></ul><ul><li>CT Policy Data </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Visualize, Map, and Compare Data over time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> / </li></ul></ul>Regional Data Innovations
  15. 15. <ul><li>DataPlace </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul><ul><li>NY Times: Every City, Every Block (Oops, they mean tract) </li></ul><ul><li>2005-2009 ACS Data </li></ul><ul><li>Census & American Community Survey </li></ul><ul><li>Finally, Census 2010 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ACS Replaces Long Form (SF3) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Estimates and Margins of Error, Oh My! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>When to use 1-year, 3-year, 5-year </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Comparisons to Census 2000 is not always apples to apples </li></ul></ul>National Innovations
  16. 16. <ul><li>Mapping with QGIS </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open Source Geographic Information System (GIS) downloaded to desktop </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Supports the formats you know – shapefiles, rasters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Sophisticated Analysis Tools with R </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Functions comparable to SPSS, SAS, STATA </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Free to download </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li> </li></ul></ul>Innovations in Analyzing Data
  17. 17. <ul><li>Updating your Comp Plan </li></ul><ul><li>Applying for a programmatic grant to curb juvenile substance use </li></ul><ul><li>Uploading your own data! </li></ul>Using Online Data Tools to Make Decisions
  18. 18. Questions? Feel free to contact us [email_address] [email_address] Thank You