CWK Data Dashboard

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The CWK (Communities Who Know, Inc.™) Data Dashboard serves as a one-stop shop for key data (both quantitative and qualitative) that are accessible to:

  • community leaders
  • community organizations
  • researchers
  • local government agencies
  • foundations who are interested in sustainable communities
  • students

The presumption is that community stakeholders who are interested in progress and development with the people in communities at the center will find ground-level information useful. 

Our view is that, especially for urban communities that are now in crisis or experiencing the throes and tares of tremendous change, such information is vital.  We believe that this tool has the potential:  

  • to encourage better data-driven decision-making at the neighborhood level.  
  • to support, as well, research, policy making processes, and decision-making processes that address challenges faced by communities (for example:  education, workforce development, public safety, and other areas of vital importance to the prosperity and sustainability of communities). 

The idea is that communities who know their landscapes with specific evidence have a better opportunity to make decisions that are socially conscious, meaningful, and impactful, and capable of influencing policy-making.  The quest is to create and sustain progress and positive change from the point of view of the local community.

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The CWK Data Dashboard is a user-friendly tool designed to: 

  • draw quantitative and qualitative data from publicly available sources in documenting the history, conditions, issues, challenges, and achievements of specific communities;
  • offer credible resources to various users (community stakeholders, policy-makers, researchers) in support of knowledge-building and evidence-based analyses, decision-making processes, and strategic planning;
  • provide regular baseline reports (regarding specific patterns in the data annually collected) in support of community planning and development; and
  • provide basic tools for community stakeholders (and training for them on how to utilize the tools) to participate actively in their own documentation, analysis, interpretation, visualization, and story-telling projects in support of building their capacity to voice their own perspectives in more compelling ways.

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Since 2011, the data dashboard has been a flexible tool capable of evolving in keeping with a community’s needs and interests.  In its current form, the CWK Data Dashboard, this tool is focused on Westside neighborhoods in Atlanta, Georgia (on Neighborhood Planning Units K, L, and T).  It offers resources and visualizations of data through seven basic portals:

  • community profile
  • education
  • historic timeline
  • historic data
  • workforce development
  • public safety
  • resource library.

In keeping with the needs of these communities, we anticipate offering at least two additional portals:  health and wellness, and transit and mobility.

 Photo courtesy of CWK Data Dashboard.

 Photo courtesy of CWK Data Dashboard.

 Photo courtesy of CWK Data Dashboard.

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