Storytelling with Data            Steve Spiker (GISP)     Director of Research + Technology          Urban Strategies Coun...
Urban Strategies Council…   A social impact organization.   25 years based in Oakland!   Social impact   Civic innovat...
Our Approach to Data   Define the problem/need   Review best practices, innovations elsewhereplan   Identify potential...
Stories?   Narrative   Require telling   Require an audience   Are social!   Need meaning   Convey meaning- and assu...
Data?   Broad, static, cold   Lack context   Lack meaning   Easily confused or misused   Never run dry, never get use...
Can Data tell Stories?
Scale   How   big is your story?           Is it the size of one person?                          Or a whole city?
Foreclosures+Context+Meaning
Foreclosures+Context+Meaning
Foreclosures+Context+Meaning
Foreclosures     Data- legal       Entity-     house (loan)       Reality-        home        Story-       families
The Missing Data
The Missing Data
Impacts          Vacant Building Registry  Bank Owned Foreclosure Registration $$ New Comprehensive Foreclosure Ordinance
•Context- history, trends  •Geographic- distribution, focus•Movement – dynamic visualization        •Facts- dive deep     ...
InfoAlamedaCounty.org        “tell your own story”               •Web based mapping platform                     •Data vis...
www.infoalamedacounty.orgData without a story are just numbers on a page..           And no-one likes numbers!            ...
OakX:Data+The Power of Storytelling  Steve Spiker/Urban Strategies Council
OakX:Data+The Power of Storytelling  Steve Spiker/Urban Strategies Council
OakX:Data+The Power of Storytelling  Steve Spiker/Urban Strategies Council
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  • Urban Strategies Council works locally and regionally to provide research, data and policy analysis, strategic planning, program development, capacity building and advocacy in service of low-income communities of color.Our organization is a member of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, an alliance of advocates, organizations and individuals working together across the state to improve the life chances for California’s boys and young men of color.
  • Urban Strategies Council works locally and regionally to provide research, data and policy analysis, strategic planning, program development, capacity building and advocacy in service of low-income communities of color.Our organization is a member of the Alliance for Boys and Men of Color, an alliance of advocates, organizations and individuals working together across the state to improve the life chances for California’s boys and young men of color.
  • OakX:Data+The Power of Storytelling Steve Spiker/Urban Strategies Council

    1. 1. Storytelling with Data Steve Spiker (GISP) Director of Research + Technology Urban Strategies Council @urbanstratoak @infoalameda @spjika
    2. 2. Urban Strategies Council… A social impact organization. 25 years based in Oakland! Social impact Civic innovation Applied research, data management and analysis. www.urbanstrategies.org
    3. 3. Our Approach to Data Define the problem/need Review best practices, innovations elsewhereplan Identify potential data sources- public, private, scraped, MOUs Clean, process, geocode data: add value Perform analysis Communicate results Collect more data to evaluate the impact or success (feedback loops)
    4. 4. Stories? Narrative Require telling Require an audience Are social! Need meaning Convey meaning- and assume values They go somewhere- destinations
    5. 5. Data? Broad, static, cold Lack context Lack meaning Easily confused or misused Never run dry, never get used up
    6. 6. Can Data tell Stories?
    7. 7. Scale How big is your story? Is it the size of one person? Or a whole city?
    8. 8. Foreclosures+Context+Meaning
    9. 9. Foreclosures+Context+Meaning
    10. 10. Foreclosures+Context+Meaning
    11. 11. Foreclosures Data- legal Entity- house (loan) Reality- home Story- families
    12. 12. The Missing Data
    13. 13. The Missing Data
    14. 14. Impacts Vacant Building Registry Bank Owned Foreclosure Registration $$ New Comprehensive Foreclosure Ordinance
    15. 15. •Context- history, trends •Geographic- distribution, focus•Movement – dynamic visualization •Facts- dive deep •Audience
    16. 16. InfoAlamedaCounty.org “tell your own story” •Web based mapping platform •Data visualization •Full export of all data! •Platform for publishing research, data, maps •Free- open to anyone •viewer.infoalamedacounty.org
    17. 17. www.infoalamedacounty.orgData without a story are just numbers on a page.. And no-one likes numbers! @spjika @infoalameda steves@urbanstrategies.org

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