WHAT IS THE AVONDALE CHOICE NEIGHBORHOOD DASHBOARD?
USING DASHBOARD DATA FOR INDIVIDUAL AND COMMUNITY PURPOSES
AND INTERPRETING DATA IN A MEANINGFUL WAY
The Avondale Choice Neighborhood Dashboard is an online tool to review, retrieve, and use data specific to the Avondale HUD Choice Neighborhood Grant. Currently, community data metrics are measured and reported on in the areas of Education, Health, Economic Self-Sufficiency, Community Engagement, Safety, and Housing. You will find these areas on the Dashboard under “Community Data.” Community data metrics are determined by HUD as well as by community stakeholders, with some overlap in these metrics. The primary recipient of the Grant, The Community Builders, Inc., believed it important to solicit feedback from local stakeholders on what should be reported on by the Grant. Following these conversations, the Dashboard was created to include data and metrics reflective of both HUD requirements and community members’ suggestions.
HOW CAN I USE THE DASHBOARD? The Dashboard has been designed with the user in mind through easy to navigate menu options. These options include:
- “Avondale Choice” – more detailed information about the Avondale HUD Choice Neighborhood Grant and its history
- “Grant Partners” – a full list of community partners invested in the Grant, including hyperlinks for each partner
- “Stories and News” – an ever-evolving section of the Dashboard that highlights Choice in the news
- “Community Data” – HUD and community identified data metrics for areas measured by the Grant
The “Community Data” tab presents data you can use; data specific to Choice residents, Avondale residents, and/or Cincinnati/Ohio residents are available – view data just for Choice residents, or compare data trends across groups.
WHAT SHOULD I CONSIDER WHEN INTERPRETING OR USING DATA? There are a number of factors that affect data results – small sample sizes (how many people were studied, surveyed, or tested, for example) and inconsistencies in reporting (for individuals as well as over time), among others. It is important to consider these limitations when interpreting or using data. As well, consider the following:
- Interpret data with caution: small sample sizes, self-reported data, and limited availability of data are such that results should not be generalized.
- Making comparisons among groups: comparisons among groups (e.g., Choice, Avondale and/or Cincinnati/District residents) are possible, but it is important to consider how data have been measured and reported over time.
- Data interpretation within an appropriate community context: factors such as socio-economic status and household income within contexts of race/ethnicity, gender, or location should be considered as they may influence results.
- Comparison data may not be available for all metrics – some metrics shown on the Dashboard are specific to Choice residents.
The dashboard was created through a partnership with INNOVATIONS in Community Research at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital