Wednesday, November 9, 2022

New data platform focuses on Financial Health and Wealth data

If you skim through this blog you'll see that I'm sharing links to tools that communities can use to better understand where youth and families need extra help to share in the opportunities of America.

Below is an image from the Urban Institute's new dashboard which was introduced via a ZOOM event today.  View presentation slides.  A video of the event will be available shortly. 

View the dashboard at this link. One of the features of the platform is the ability to focus on small spaces, as low as the zip code level. 

I shared one of the slides with this Tweet, showing the type of stories that can be created. In doing so, and by writing this article, I'm demonstrating a practice I hope many will adopt. More people need to learn to tell stories using data platforms like this or some of those I point to from this concept map.

Use the data to create change.

In a 2014 Tutor/Mentor blog article I encourage schools and libraries to create programs that teach youth to tell stories using data and maps.

As media report incidents of violence, young people, volunteers and activist could use data platforms like created by the Urban Institute, to show some of the inequalities that contribute to a loss of hope and an embrace of violence.  

If these stories are told creatively, forcefully, and often enough, they can convince policy-makers and philanthropists to create new policies and programs that change these conditions.  

I urge you to take time to view the Urban Institute dashboard, and in a few days, view the video of today's ZOOM call, to see how panelist described how it might be used.

Thanks for reading.  

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