Fast, Relevant Data at Your Fingertips with Sidekick

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May 14, 2024 6:00:00 AM

This is the second blog post in a series dedicated to mySidewalk's new AI-powered community data assistant, Sidekick.

Empowering Change Starts with Instant, Accurate Data Insights

There's a saying around our office, "start with data." Whether a customer comes to us looking for a solution to support a program, wants to enhance their existing data workflow, or something in between, most of them want to start ideation or planning with data, start targeting opportunities with data, start allocating resources with data, or start communicating with data. At mySidewalk, we started building our data library to power our platform of tools.

Data, specifically data access, is where many of our journies begin. As you guide your community toward transformation, time is as precious as the accuracy of the data we rely on. Sidekick, your AI-powered community data assistant, ensures you spend less time searching and more time doing. What if every minute you spent on your project could be backed by the most relevant data available? What if you had that data instantly?

Tailored Data for Tailored Solutions

Every community is unique, with its own set of challenges and objectives. Sidekick stands out by recognizing these distinct needs, adapting in real-time to provide data that’s not just comprehensive but completely relevant. Imagine planning a new public transportation system and having immediate access to recent traffic patterns, population growth data, and public sentiment about commuting. Sidekick makes this possible.

Smart Technology at Work

At the core of Sidekick is a sophisticated AI engine capable of parsing through vast amounts of data at unprecedented speeds. It’s not just about having access to data; it’s about having the right data. 

Sidekick talks to you about your projects and requests like a human and searches through mySidewalk's data library with intelligent precision. Quickly discerning which data will drive your project forward, Sidekick helps you ensure every decision is informed and impactful.





Saving Time, Enhancing Impact

Our users report cutting their research time in half while achieving better outcomes in their projects. With Sidekick, the time spent on data gathering and verification can be transformed into strategic decision-making moments. 

Take what Sarah Story, Health Director at Jefferson County Public Health Department had to say about Sidekick:

"One of the things I've been thinking about is like how long that would have taken me. It took me like five minutes to make the couple of maps I needed right then." She said. "But that would have taken me 15 to 20 minutes to just find the right data and do all these things; I'm really wowed by this ... because I'm like, what do I do now? What do I do with all this time I have left?"

Watch Sarah work with mySidewalk CEO Stephen Hardy to use Sidekick to answer questions about the state of mental health and depression in her community below.


Using AI to enhance our work does not look like using AI to replace human-led planning, design, strategy, and programming. The ways Sidekick leverages AI are designed to keep you focused on data analysis and implementation, amplifying your real-world impact.

Strategic Decisions Driven by Data

One of our customers was talking about the difference between making data-driven decisions and making decisions based on emotions or time constraints. When you are able to spend more time with data instead of just hunting it down, it's obvious data aren't just numbers but a foundation for strategy.

Whether it’s assessing the feasibility of a new community center or analyzing economic development opportunities, having targeted data means strategies are not only designed with precision but also executed with confidence.

Engage with Data Like Never Before

Sidekick makes it easy to explore more information about data sources and download insights and visualizations in multiple formats. 



mySidewalk also offers interactive Reports and Dashboards that allow users to manipulate data, explore scenarios, visualize potential outcomes, and add contextual narratives. This hands-on approach not only makes data accessible but also makes it a dynamic part of the strategic planning process. 

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Meet Sidekick

Imagine the possibilities when every piece of data at your disposal is precisely what you need. Sidekick remains dedicated to delivering not just data, but targeted insights that propel your projects and communities forward. Because when it comes to building better communities, every second and every data point counts.

Ready to experience how Sidekick can transform your approach to community development? Schedule a demo today and see firsthand the power of having the right data at your fingertips.

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