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Housing and Economic Vulnerability in the Greater Nashville Metro

Housing and Economic Vulnerability in the Greater Nashville Metro

Understanding the factors behind economic vulnerability is a challenge for all cities. As a Data Storyteller, I have seen how data science can help solve this challenge. What makes a city vulnerable to things like recessions? Some towns can weather the storm and come out of these even …

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Trusting Your Data: How to Build a System for Success

Your data source is only the beginning when it comes to confidence in community data and the decisions that follow. Effective data storage and management makes data easy to use and becomes a living system that helps find and correct errors--building trust and reliability in the insigh …

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A Quick Guide to the (New) 10 Essential Public Health Services

A Quick Guide to the (New) 10 Essential Public Health Services

My 14-year-old daughter recently discovered an old photo album (with actual photos in it! Not digital ones!) of mine from my carefree youth. She laughed way too hard at our late 90’s, early 00’s fashion choices; there was a lot of white eyeliner and pleather happening. Caption: Some o …

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9 Surprising Indicators of a Thriving Community

When I stepped into my office on day one as a local government Deputy Director, the first thing I did was ask for the latest Resident Insights (aka, a better way of saying Citizen Satisfaction) data from City Hall. I wanted to start this gig with a clear perspective on how our communi …

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Introducing Seek: A Better Way to Discover Data

Introducing Seek

Now Live: Seek helps you find the data you need, and the data you didn't know you needed. Seek is mySidewalk's newest innovation in its mission to democratize data. Seek makes data easy and accessible, so people who are working to make a better world can find the answers they need.

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Democratizing Data through Accessibility

This year my son was asked to join his third grade friend’s fantasy football league. He enthusiastically signed-up - and our draft preparations began in earnest. I’m not sure if you’ve ever played yourself, but signing up for a free league instantly provides you with deep, intuitive, …

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Data Tips: Use Bivariate Maps to Show Data Relationships

Working with data means working with place. Maps are a fundamental method to analyzing and sharing important information, but what's the right type of map to use? How do you go about doing it?

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Fire Data Analytics: It Doesn’t Have to Be So Hard (Webinar)

You know how important it is to have the right fire data analytics, especially to attain and maintain your accredited status. But managing that data can be overwhelming and inaccessible. Most importantly, you don’t have time to figure it out. If that rings true, this webinar hosted by …

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Improving Statewide Health With Blue Shield of California

Putting better information into more hands is at the center of what we do. Public servants, community groups, cities and citizens...we've worked for years to help break down information barriers for changemakers across the country. Together with Blue Shield of California, our latest p …

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A Better City Performance Dashboard: Data Has Never Been So Sexy

A Better City Performance Dashboard: Data Has Never Been So Sexy

What did City Leaders need most? That was our question in early 2019. The mySidewalk team interviewed dozens of city departments around the U.S. to answer it. Our goal was to understand what the perfect city performance management solution looked like. Leaders told us they needed a be …

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Vitalyst Spark: The Health Data Challenge, Part 1

Every day we come to work thinking about how data can make a better world. There are few “probletunities” as exciting and impactful as connecting health care, public health, and health outcomes through data. Listen in as Dr. Sarah Martin, VP of Health Solutions, and Stephen Hardy, CEO …

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Assessing Economic Vulnerability in the Greater KC Metro

Economic vulnerability arises from the interplay of many factors. Understanding how these factors interplay, and how to target policy, programs, and solutions, is a challenge.

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Why The New HUD Rule Change Is a Mission Critical Problem

Why The New HUD Rule Change Is a Mission Critical Problem

On July 23rd, 2020, HUD Secretary Ben Carson terminated the 2015 Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) assessment rule. This rule helped ensure people of all protected classes had access to quality, affordable homes by requiring HUD applicants to complete fair housing assessmen …

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mySidewalk Employee Spotlight: Senior CDM Dana Greiner

mySidewalk Employee Spotlight Dana Greiner

“Always turn your camera on for Zoom meetings,” Dana told us. “I know it’s awkward, but it really helps convey the nuances, so we know how you’re doing and what you’re thinking.” It was March 2020. In light of the increasing COVID-19 spread, mySidewalk was going to become a 100% remot …

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2 SDoH Reports Every Public Health Director Needs

2 SDoH Reports Every Public Health Director Needs

During a pandemic, the needs of your community increase. As a public health leader, you need the right data so you can respond effectively. You need information that helps you provide transparency and address the factors that impact the health of your community. mySidewalk's goal is t …

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Spotlight: Highlighting Root Causes of Inequity in KCMO

Healthy environments and systems of fair access are vital priorities for public health. Working towards these priorities isn’t always straightforward. Meaningful, lasting change is the result of communities coming together to address the core issues that affect us. Recognizing how res …

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Customer Spotlight: Next Level City KPI Transparency [Video]

Customer Spotlight: Next Level City KPI Transparency [Video]

During a crisis, communication is more crucial than ever. So today, we're turning our customer spotlight on our partner, the City of Williamsburg, Virginia. Showing off their unique take on mySidewalk's performance management template to measure their key performance indicators, commu …

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Democratizing Data for Public Service

Where trust and transparency is key, data is critical. Whether you’re a city leader proving the value of your work, or an organization helping communities understand how people grow and thrive, data underscores the legitimacy of your efforts.

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Mapping Health Equity: Start With Race

Race and health are tragically linked. Race is not a risk factor for disease; racism is. Racism leads to inequities in health outcomes, including low birth weight, high blood pressure, and poor self-rated health. A legacy of oppression inevitably led to the unequal impact of COVID-19 …

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New Report: Track Covid-19's Impact on Workforce & Occupations

Our communities are hurting. The impacts of Covid-19 are far reaching and heavy hitting in plenty of ways, including our ability to work. While many of us carry privileges such as the ability to work from home or continue employment in our respective industries and sectors - individua …

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5 Reasons Your City Needs Realistic Peers

5 Reasons Your City Needs Realistic Peers

Peer cities can be a powerful framework for understanding progress in your community. Yet the process of identifying peers is complicated, because it involves underlying value judgments about what you think matters to a community. There are inevitably temptations to compare your commu …

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