DC Kids Count. Data Tool: E-Data Book

DC Kids Count. Data Tool: E-Data Book

Organisation: DC Action for Children (United States)

Publication Date: 06/03/2014



Last year, DC Action for Children, in partnership with DataKind and a group of dedicated pro bono data scientists, created interactive, webbased tools to take reporting the answers to these questions “beyond the PDF” and into the exciting realm of visualizing and communicating data for action. The neighborhood maps we created showed that the success of too many DC children is predetermined by their ZIP Code – instead of their gifts and abilities. Some DC neighborhoods have assets that enrich the lives of children, but others are characterized by high levels of poverty and the many challenges that come with it, including poorer performing schools, more violent crime and less access to resources like healthy food, libraries and parks and recreation centers.

Technologies used for this project:

To obtain neighborhood-level estimates, collaborators used blocklevel population data to construct population weights for data at the block-group and neighborhood level. The DC Master Address Repository was used to geocode point data, such as locations of libraries or schools; ArcGIS was used to aggregate point data by neighborhood. Collaborators used MapBox to create neighborhood maps.

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