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2016 Impact Summit - XIIth International Conference of the Community Indicators Consortium
GPS for Well-being: Navigating Data for Sustainable, Equitable Communities 
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Monday, September 26 • 3:00pm - 4:30pm
Visualizing Data to Strengthen the Community: 1) Visual Analytics to ID Food Insecure Areas 2) ZipRisk Project: Interactive Mapping Tool to ID High Risk Children; 3) Spatial Context of Community Welllbeing: Mapping CIW Indicators

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Around the theme of Data Visualization to Strengthen Communities, this session offers 3 presentations:
1) Visual Analytics to Identify Food Insecure Areas (Borders/Ferris) Student consultants analyzed potential indicators of food insecurity, drilling down within each county of West Michigan to identify areas with particularly acute needs. The analysis resulted in a series of online maps, depicting key indicators of food insecurity by Census Tract with the locations and pounds of food distributed to each pantry during 2015. The student consultants also calculated a Food Balance Score for each Census Tract. The efforts of the student consultants are being utilized to work more effectively with local food pantries and to better target locations where needs exist.
 2) ZipRisk Project: Interactive Mapping Tool to Identify Highest-risk Zip Codes for Child Maltreatment  (Booker) The ZipRisk Mapping Project is a tool that identifies highest-risk zip codes for child maltreatment by creating an overall risk ranking based on key indicators.  The goal of this tool is to improve accessibility and utility of data to prevent child maltreatement and affect legislative change.  
3) The Spatial Context of Community Wellbeing: Mapping Canadian Index of Wellbeing Indicators (Smale) Many community-based indicator systems are designed to report aggregate measures of wellbeing that describe the circumstances and wellbeing of residents. However, such approaches typically fail to consider the spatial properties of those measures and consequently how wellbeing varies across the community. Adopting a spatial perspective of community wellbeing makes it possible to incorporate many of the social and economic factors regarded by researchers as influential in people's behaviours and preferences. 

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Craig Helmstetter

Senior Research Manager, Wilder Research
As a Senior Research Manager Craig oversees a research unit of 15 staff, who focus on data-driven projects including: the Compass quality of life initiative, which provides information on an array of topics relating to the region's well-being; Minnesota's Homeless Management Information... Read More →

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Stephen Borders

Grand Valley State University
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Blake Ferris

Student, Grand Valley State University
Blake Ferris is in his final year as an undergraduate student at Grand Valley State University. He is studying Public, Nonprofit, and Health Administration. He has been working with Feeding America West Michigan to identify areas that are food insecure. With considerable help from... Read More →
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Dana Booker, Ph.D.

Director of Research, TexProtects
Howdy! While Dallas has been my place of residence for 7yrs, I am originally from Albuquerque!

Bryan Smale

Professor and Director, Canadian Index of Wellbeing

Monday September 26, 2016 3:00pm - 4:30pm EDT
Vista 8th Fl