In Your Hands: Digital Tools for Collecting and Interpreting Place-Based Data

Center for Community Progress


Monday, September 9, 2013
11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. EDT

CM | 2.50

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Executing an effective community development strategy is practically impossible without an accurate understanding of the current situation on the ground. In this hands-on workshop, leading civic technologists and urban planners will guide participants through a new approach to place-based data collection, analysis and data-driven decision-making using digital tools. Participants will gain first-hand experience collecting data about property conditions and neighborhood assets using their own mobile devices. The group will then work together to understand the implications of this information using a suite of visualization & analysis tools. Armed with these new skillsets, participants will brainstorm and share ideas about how these tools and strategies can be leveraged in their own communities to inform policy and planning decisions, facilitate effective resource-allocation, and improve the quality and value of their neighborhoods.


Alex Pandel

Confirmed Speaker

Alex is a designer, community organizer, and civic entrepreneur. She is Co-Founder of Civic Industries, the team behind Civic Insight, an easy-to-use web application that connects directly to internal government data systems to make information about the status of vacant or underutilized spaces available to the public in real-time, facilitating ... Read More