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The Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University presented findings of its study on housing prices along the 606. This linear park established on a defunct elevated rail line brought much needed open space to communities that lacked it when it opened in the summer of 2015. The Institute for Housing Studies’ analysis shows that this new amenity also drove up housing prices in certain parts of the community, suggesting that public investments such as this may come with unintended consequences. On March 3, 2017.


There are hundreds of commercial corridors in Chicago but it can be difficult to know, even for those working on the ground, the business mix and number of employees that these corridors host. Liz Jellema, Research Director at World Business Chicago, shared data resources for commercial corridors in Chicago’s neighborhoods, as well as some tips on how to use data to design interventions that strengthen those districts. She described leading a pilot initiative to support the LISC Chicago's Business District Leadership graduates in using data to inform their strategies. On October 7, 2016.


In March 2016, the Chicago Department of Public Health, in collaboration with the Partnership for Healthy Chicago, launched Healthy Chicago 2.0, a 4-year plan to improve health and well-being throughout Chicago communities.  Representatives from the Health Department’s Epidemiology team shared some of the data used and explained how it informed the plan. On September 9, 2016.


The Belmont Cragin Quality-of-Life Plan Affordable Housing Committee (Gabriela Roman, James Rudyk) and researchers from the UIC Voorhees Center (Janet Smith, Yittayih Zelalem) presented their recent study of the local housing market to inform neighborhood strategies. This evolving Northwest Side neighborhood is feeling pressures from foreclosure and gentrification, and with little open land for development is thinking carefully about ways to make housing more affordable. On August 12, 2016.


Chapin Hall presented data on the outcomes of the Elev8 program, an effort to transform the educational achievement and life outcomes of disadvantaged middle school students in six Chicago schools. On May 13, 2016.


Caroline Rendon, LISC Chicago, and Rosalind Moore, Teamwork Englewood discuss social network analysis as an area of research that seeks to understand the relationships between people and institutions. Together with Teamwork Englewood, LISC Chicago used network analysis to better understand the strength of institutional relationships -- between churches, nonprofits, block clubs, and government agencies -- to inform engagement strategies for Englewood's new Quality-of-Life plan.This presentation explored the methods and results of this process and discussed its usefulness in community planning. On March 11, 2016.


An overview of the field of public health, followed by a “case study” highlighting the use of public health data to support community goals. Presented by Dr. Anissa Lambertino, Epidemiologist and Senior Consultant – Health Management Associates; Diana Rusz, MPH Consultant – Health Management Associates; and Kuliva Wilburn, MPH Senior Consultant – Health Management Associates. On February 12, 2016.


DePaul’s Institute for Housing Studies took data from several rounds of vacant property surveys conducted by the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP) and matched these properties with the last known mortgage, foreclosure, or sales activities. This work is exemplary of two things: 1) how a community based organization can partner with a data expert, leveraging other's data; 2) how data can be used to test assumptions about housing market activities and inform appropriate interventions. On January 15, 2016.


Dan Cooper, co-executive director of the Institute of Social Exclusion at Adler University discussed research on the impact of incarceration at the neighborhood level. Derek Eder, Founder at DataMade shared the process of transforming data and text into an interactive story on the web. Both Dan and Derek presented Chicago’s Million Dollar Blocks which explores where Illinois is spending public dollars on incarceration down to the city block. Also, Jeffrey Gawel, independent data and technology consultant, discussed system implementation projects and the impact on data-driven decision making. On November 13, 2015.


How data can be used to support a large human services department, presented by Ebony Dill and Peter Kamps of the Chicago Department of Family Support Services on October 9, 2015.


Data Journalism, presented by Carl Vogel on September 11, 2015.


Using data and coaching to improve staff performance, presented by Jennifer McClain, and Using data to understand where Chicago's young people are going to high school, presented by Sarah Karp, on August 14, 2015


Primary Research Methods, presented by Lindy Carrow and Maggie Schultz on May 8, 2015.


Data Friday Social Media Presentation, presented by Ashleigh Wayland, LISC Chicago's Communications Officer, on April 10, 2015.


Meaningful Active Productive Sciences in Service to Communities presentation by Katie Fruin, The South Side Health & Vitality Studies, The University of Chicago, and Kimesha Huggins and Norma Sanders of the Greater Auburn-Gresham Development Corporation on April 10, 2015.


2015 Urban Sustainability Apps Competition presentation by Steven C. Philpott, Sr. of the Center for Neighborhood Technology in March 2015. www.xtra-medium.com/campaigns/CNTAPPS/CUSAC15PresentationwVids.zip


Woodstock Data Portal and How to Use Formulas in Excel, presented by Katie Buitrago, Woodstock Institute, and Katherine Nickele, Consortium to Lower Obesity in Chicago Children on July 11, 2014.


Community-Level Affordable Care Act Outreach and Enrollment Data, presented by Dominique Williams, LISC Chicago, on May 9, 2014.


Health Data and the Chicago Health Atlas, presented by Daniel X. O'Neil and Kyla Williams of the Smart Chicago Collaborative on May 9, 2014.


Open Government and community development in Pilsen and Englewood, presentations by Emile Cambry, Jr., Blue 1647; Demond Drummer, Teamwork Englewood; and Luiz Magaña, The Resurrection Project, at Blue 1647 on April 11, 2014.

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