Using social policy to campaign for change 2Presentation Transcript
Hackney CAB Crowdmap Sharing Stories on the impact of Housing Benefit cuts in Hackney
Hackney CAB Crowdmap Sharing stories on the impact of housing benefit changes in Hackney Aims: To raise awareness and provide people with information on options and where to get help www.hackneycabcrowdmap.com @hcabcrowdmap on Twitter Hackney CAB Crowdmap on Facebook
Crowdmap - How it started Ushahidi ‘testimony’ or ‘witness’ - group of developers and bloggers in Kenya Developed open source software to share and map reports of violence in Kenya in the post-election violence in January 2008 www.ushahidi.com Crowdmap software - off-the-shelf version of Ushahidi www.fixyourstreet.ie - South Dublin county council www.immigrantharassment.com - Arizonans Unite
Crowdmap - How does it work? Crowdmap provides you with - A website With a live map of any selected geographical location To which you can add your own geographical and dated reports And you can invite people to add their own reports Live map - adds time dimension to geographical data As reports are added, you can create a snapshot of reports at any time and play through a timeline to demonstrate how and where reports have been added All for free!
Hackney CAB Crowdmap project Working Title - Hackney CAB Crowdmap Mapping impact of Housing Benefit shortfalls in Hackney Affects approx 8000 households in private rented accommodation in Hackney, almost 10% of the borough Average shortfall £40 per week Reporting bureau and other agency enquiries Public reports
Hackney CAB Crowdmap project The project collects stories of how people are affected and how they are coping Pointing people towards resources and help available in Hackney Information on options Blog posts - most recently on landlord mystery shopping exercise to see how many properties available to Housing Benefit tenants - we found 14 out of 1600!
Hackney CAB Crowdmap project Open to local community to report directly and to share their stories - to know that they are not alone and that there is help out there Bring people together over the issue Provides a route to advice on the related issues - on options available and how to get help and advice in Hackney Awareness raising Compiles the stories of those affected in one place over time - so that we can build a picture of how the community is affected by the Housing Benefit changes
Hackney CAB Crowdmap project Issues we needed to consider for the project Anonymity How we use the service How the public use the service Reaching out to public to share stories
Partners Local advice organisations Homelessness and Tenancy support services Parent support groups Local government
Data Hackney Council data modelling research 8000 affected households Welfare Reform working group Welfare Reform Impact Dashboard
Resources Three social policy volunteers at Hackney CAB Young Foundation mentoring and support Pro bono web support and free hosting from Base Creative Volunteer designer on photography and design Free and easy to use software - Crowdmap and Wordpress (with free hosting options)
The Young Foundation Applied to Building Local Activism programme in summer 2011 Support and mentoring Help with building Wordpress website around Crowdmap Pro bono help from Base Creative web design Constant source of support from advice on political and press issues, to practical help with landlord survey, street leafleting, workshops Helped to make the website a much richer resource and the project more ambitious and far-reaching
Hackney CAB Crowdmap project Outcomes so far: Other bureaux and orgs running Crowdmap projects London Assembly DWP research Hackney Scrutiny Review on Housing Benefit changes Local workshops
Please get in touch - You can contact me at Hackney CAB on email: Catherine Dempsey - firstname.lastname@example.org