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OakX:Data+The Power of Storytelling Steve Spiker/Urban Strategies Council

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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.org Data without a story are just numbers on a page.. And no-one likes numbers! @spjika @infoalameda steves@urbanstrategies.org

Editor's Notes

  • 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.

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