Smart ways to use data to boost civic health

Wed, 2013-12-18 06:00 -- Liz Enbysk

What do you get when you put community leaders together with data, design and tech experts? In the case of the 2013 Civic Data Challenge sponsored by the Knight Foundation with the National Conference on Citizenship, you get creative uses of data to strengthen civic life – including public health and well-being. In other words, apps, websites and visualizations that respond to real needs.

Here are three examples of what this year's winning teams came up with, as highlighted in the Knight Blog:

  • Civic Data Denver partnered with Earth Force to create an interactive visual that empowers youth to take civic action to address social and physical health issues in their community.

  • The DC Community Resource Directory Project helps residents find health and social services referral information.

  • The Texas Connector Team seeks to correct the absence of accurate data regarding nonprofit service providers and social and demographic community data.

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