What Are Folks Saying About Us?
The Carolina Federation, former Project Director at Bull City 150,
Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association,
DataWorks data and maps are crucial to ensuring Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association has the information needed to better understand the inequitable distribution of conservation lands and public access to nature in Durham. This information, provided in easy-to-use format on the Neighborhood Compass website, has already helped us to better educate the community and elected officials and being to take positive action to begin to correct this historical injustice.
Durham County Government,
I have had the good fortune to work with DataWorks on a number projects over the years. The first project was centered on better understanding home sales in Durham and their increase in price year over year. With Durham being a fairly large city, there was quite a bit of data to both collect and process. What was truly impressive about the way that the organization works is that from initial project design all the way to actually synthesizing all of that data (and making it meaningful for both experts and laymen alike), it seemed like absolutely every angle of the project had been scrutinized and nailed down. Their methodology was so efficient, that despite having helped acquire a large amount of the data, I was very comfortable stepping back and letting DataWorks handle everything from there. The end result was a masterpiece of quantitative and visual data which allowed the end users to really get a good understanding of how home prices in different areas of Durham had changed, which areas were seeing the largest increases, and how those numbers potentially impacted other community indicators such as housing security and food access. The last thing that I will say about my belief in DataWorks is that I feel so strongly about their value that I personally donate financially in an effort to support their mission.
Durham County Government,
I have been a data wonk for a long time because I believe in data’s power to positively affect public policy. I have happily watched and supported the metamorphosis of Neighborhood Compass into DataWorks and have never seen another data science outfit produce a fraction of the new, data-based formulations and revelations coming out of DataWorks. The creative combination and re-combination of data, geographies, and principles of equitable data application mean DataWorks is simultaneously pushing back numerous boundaries in data science and application. They have become a treasure to Durham and a beacon for local data innovators throughout the entire country.
The Neighborhood Compass is a quantitative indicators project with qualitative values, integrating data from local government, the Census Bureau and other state and federal agencies. Measurements are identified through local strategic planning, resident input, research and best practices for neighborhood indicators. The project objective is to provide data that allows all local stakeholders to track quality of life and provision of services throughout Durham.