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DATA TOOLS [clear filter]
Monday, September 17
 

10:00am CDT

Blending Data - The New Data Salad Bar
Internet delivery has always been about distributing content in manageable chunks. Yet when it comes to community data, users must pick through the rubble of massive government agency sites and rely on complex ways of cobbling the data together. Data blending is the new paradigm for turning silos of data into immediate insights. In this session we will look at free and paid ways of blending data from across public and private data repositories. We will also examine the use of emerging technologies such as machine learning and natural language processing to instantly analyze blended data without knowledge of tools or data.

Speakers
avatar for Dan Quigg

Dan Quigg

CEO, Public Insight Corporation
Public Insight transforms disparate public and licensed data sources into actionable insights.


Monday September 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am CDT
Johnson Great Room
  DATA TOOLS, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

10:00am CDT

State Data Centers: The Census Bureau’s Premier Local Partners
In addition to the Decennial Census, the U.S. Census Bureau collects and maintains data on a wide array of topics. These include over 130 decennial, Quinquennial, annual, quarterly, and monthly surveys. The State Data Center Network, a Census Bureau program, serves the information needs of the nation by disseminating demographic and economic data to academic institutions, businesses, governments, and private citizens. In addition to the lead agency in every state, a nationwide network of 1,400 affiliates assist in this mission. This session will provide an overview of the many Census Bureau products available and illustrate services and expertise offered by the State Data Center Network. Together, these resources can help make the most of the U.S. Census Bureau’s vast data offerings at the local, regional, and national levels.

Speakers
avatar for Gregg Bell

Gregg Bell

Senior Data Analyst, The University of Alabama
Data access makes me happy.


Monday September 17, 2018 10:00am - 10:50am CDT
Johnson Great Room
  DATA TOOLS, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

11:00am CDT

IPUMS Census and Survey Data Resources for Community-Centered Research
Finding appropriate census and survey data for comparative analysis across space and time can be a difficult and time-consuming process. IPUMS, part of the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Social Research and Data Innovation, greatly simplifies this process. We harmonize variables across time and space, provide comprehensive documentation, and disseminate the data, free of charge, through web-based access systems. This workshop will describe our rich collection of census and survey data, discuss our harmonization process, and provide hands-on experience navigating, acquiring, and analyzing data from two of our flagship products – IPUMS USA and IPUMS NHGIS. IPUMS USA contains almost a billion microdata records, detailing the complete responses from individuals and households for U.S. censuses and surveys from 1790 to the present. Individual-level detail in the microdata allows analysts to create highly-customized indicators. IPUMS NHGIS provides access to small-area census and survey data and associated mapping files. The fine-grained spatial resolution allows analysts to create indicators for specific neighborhoods or regions. NHGIS time series link comparable data together across time, making it easier to measure changes in community characteristics. If you need demographic and socioeconomic data for your community indicator projects, this workshop is for you!

Speakers
avatar for Jonathan Schroeder

Jonathan Schroeder

Research Scientist, IPUMS, Institute for Social Research & Data Innovation, University of Minnesota
I spend most of my time developing geographic data products (i.e., wrangling U.S. census data), free for all to use through IPUMS websites, including the National Historical Geographic Information System (www.nhgis.org) and IPUMS USA (usa.ipums.org). But I generally love everything... Read More →


Monday September 17, 2018 11:00am - 11:50am CDT
Johnson Great Room
  DATA TOOLS, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format WORKSHOP (50 min.)

2:00pm CDT

Bridging map-based and table-based user experiences
Users already know and understand Google maps/general web map interfaces. They have some assumptions about what they can do – zoom, pan, click to select something. Users also generally have a good understanding of table-based data as data are often presented in a table format. But these two formats are often not displayed together. How do we bridge tables and interactive maps to build a positive user experience?

Speakers
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Steven Aviles

Research Associate, Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
GISSing
avatar for Julian Kittelson-Aldred

Julian Kittelson-Aldred

Web developer, Minnesota Compass // Wilder Research


Monday September 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Johnson Great Room
  DATA TOOLS, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:00pm CDT

Data Viz: Lessons in patience, progress, and powerful new communication modes
In this session we will briefly describe our work and progress with data visualization: helpful hints, lessons learned, and useful resources. In the APM Research Lab’s “Lab Notes” blog, we have begun using Tableau-based data vizzes to communicate simple changes over time, such as women's participation in the labor force, or more complex patterns such as state-by-state domestic migration. We will share both our own examples as well as others we have found inspiring and useful.

Speakers
avatar for Kassira Absar

Kassira Absar

Research Associate, APM Research Lab
survey research and design, human rights, international development, social equity
avatar for Andi Egbert

Andi Egbert

Sr. Research Associate, APM Research Lab
Demographics, education, workforce, data viz, all things Census. @dataANDInfo @APMResearch Check out our #RepresentingUS project at bit.ly/RepresentingUS


Monday September 17, 2018 2:00pm - 2:50pm CDT
Johnson Great Room
  DATA TOOLS, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)
 
Tuesday, September 18
 

10:10am CDT

The City Health Dashboard: City-level measures of health, health determinants and equity to foster population health improvement
Readily available data on health and health drivers, such as housing, education, economic development, are nearly always organized at the county, state or national level, not by city. The City Health Dashboard pulls together data from multiple national and state data sources, creating a one-stop resource. By providing city and neighborhood-specific data on health status, health determinants, and health equity all in one place, the City Health Dashboard provides a new way of developing and implementing strategies to improve health and well-being for communities. Originally launched in 2017 with four cities, in May 2018, it will expand to include data for 500 cities in the U.S. with populations over 70,000, promising to catalyze urban population health improvement efforts at a national scale.

Speakers

Tuesday September 18, 2018 10:10am - 11:00am CDT
Johnson Great Room
  DATA TOOLS, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

11:10am CDT

LOCALIZING THE SDGS: Lessons Learnt on discussing, monitoring, and reporting on the SDGs using the Peg Community Indicator System
In 2015, 193 nations signed on to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs. As the SDGs gain momentum, cities and communities will be at the forefront of delivering change. However, how do communities respond to this call to action when there is a general lack of public knowledge around the SDGs and many of the SDGs lack data at the local level?  Peg is among the first to address and track the SDGs in their CIS. Building on Peg’s experiences with localizing the SDGs, this presentation will share lessons learned on how communities can track the SDGs, disseminate knowledge to policy makers and inform the public about the importance of the SDGs and achieving Agenda 2030.

Speakers
avatar for Jennifer Temmer

Jennifer Temmer

Project Officer, IISD


Tuesday September 18, 2018 11:10am - 12:00pm CDT
Johnson Great Room
  DATA TOOLS, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:20pm CDT

Creating a Surveillance System to Advance the Minnesota Food System
The Minnesota Food Charter is a roadmap to improve access to healthy, affordable, and safe food. It proposes 99 specific strategies to guide multilevel planning and action to change the food system. A surveillance system to monitor the Minnesota food system is one component of this initiative, but there is a paucity of literature to guide its development. To bridge this methodological gap, a shared measurement action team (SMAT) was created to recommend indicators to monitor the state of the Minnesota food system, as well as to discuss how to make the indicators credible, accessible, and meaningful to communities. This presentation will discuss the process of selecting indicators that support the creation of a sustainable economic, ecological, and equitable food system, and the challenges that arose during discussions.  These indicators represent the current state of available secondary data and can be viewed as a springboard for conversation and a call to action to develop data systems that advance community well-being around access to healthy, affordable, safe foods for all Minnesotans.

Speakers
avatar for Abby L Gold

Abby L Gold

Vice Chair, North Dakota State University Department of Public Health


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Johnson Great Room
  DATA TOOLS, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

2:20pm CDT

Help Your Team and Your Partners by Creating a “Build Your Own Indicator” Tool
Over the past decade, DataSpark has worked with Rhode Island state, local, and nonprofit entities to create the RI DataHUB - a statewide longitudinal data system (SLDS) that links information from birth through adulthood. As demand for data access has increased and the need for a more robust and accessible solution has emerged, so the RI DataHUB was extended to incorporate a public-facing, research-oriented data aggregation tool that allows users to create their own indicators. The Aggregator allows state agencies, non-profit organizations, and other data researchers to easily, quickly, and safely query and aggregate administrative data in a secure and anonymized environment. From this presentation, participants will learn what the aggregator tool is, how it was built, technical and non-technical challenges we encountered, and what you may need to consider if you want to build a similar tool.

Speakers
avatar for Ariel Neumann

Ariel Neumann

Data Scientist, DataSpark
avatar for Megan Swindal, PhD

Megan Swindal, PhD

Senior Research Associate/Data Analyst, University of Rhode Island


Tuesday September 18, 2018 2:20pm - 3:10pm CDT
Johnson Great Room
  DATA TOOLS, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:20pm CDT

Regional Competitiveness Dashboards: Optimizing Investment & Impact in Greater Minnesota
Minnesota recently marked the 30th anniversary of its landmark Rural Development Act of 1987. This legislation directed significant new investment to spur economic growth and opportunity in distressed areas slow to emerge from economic recession and adjusting to a changing global landscape for agriculture, manufacturing, and mining. 

A similar legislative proposal was drafted for introduction in 2017, but it was never introduced. Above all, the Regional Competitiveness Act would have built upon its 1987 predecessor by (1) investing new state funding in cross-sector collaboration through Minnesota Initiative Foundations and Regional Development Commissions; (2) promoting partnership among state agency and local/regional stakeholders for solutions to challenging problems in workforce development, housing, and childcare, etc.; and (3) providing new resources for capacity building. While empowering local and regional problem solving, the approach would have introduced dynamic accountability through a new dashboard-style tool for tracking progress, highlighting success, and demonstrating need on a regional scale over time.
Various "critical indicator" dashboards or dashboard-like tools convey important metrics and trends for a variety of stakeholders and geographic areas in Minnesota. However, no single dashboard, or series of dashboards, serves this purpose for the distinct regions of Greater Minnesota. “Regional Competitiveness Dashboards” would build upon recent efforts toward improved regional community and economic development by charting where we are, where we want to go, and how fast we’re getting there over a range of stakeholder-driven indicators.

Momentum is building for a Regional Competitiveness Act for 2019, and efforts are underway to make "Regional Competitiveness Dashboards" a reality for stakeholders focused on community and economic prosperity throughout Greater Minnesota. This session will discuss (1) the impetus for such collective action, (2) past efforts informing this work, and (3) the implications of this work on state, regional, and local investment and impact.

Speakers
avatar for Matt Schmit

Matt Schmit

Director | Regional Competitiveness Institute, University of Minnesota
Matt Schmit is an adjunct faculty member at the Humphrey School, founding principal of P3 Strategies, and serves as director of the Regional Competitiveness Institute.Between 2013 and 2016 Matt represented his hometown of Red Wing and surrounding areas in the Minnesota Senate. Here... Read More →


Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm CDT
Johnson Great Room
  DATA TOOLS, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)

3:20pm CDT

Using a dashboard to monitor data collection (sampling)
The discussion will focus on using a dashboard to monitor data collection as a sampling method.  The scenario will describe how researchers are tasked with surveying residents in a three-county area in northern Wisconsin.  Because a large majority of this area is rural, not everyone will have equal access to the internet to take the survey.  We will discuss how we address the challenge of getting information about health needs in an area where low income minorities have the biggest need for access to health care.

Speakers

Tuesday September 18, 2018 3:20pm - 4:10pm CDT
Johnson Great Room
  DATA TOOLS, Cross-cutting
  • Presentation Format TALK (one of two talks in a 50 min. session)
 


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