Data Equity Stories

Data Equity Hub: Residential Fires in New York City

Vulnerable Black and Latinx communities, such as those concentrated in the Bronx borough of NYC, disproportionately experience catastrophic residential fires. The inequities that accompany low income residents in multi-unit dwellings include insufficient heat and hot water, resulting in higher space heater usage, which intersects with home fires.

DC Fiscal Policy Institute: Visualizing the DC Police Budget

Policing in DC has long had a disproportionate impact on Black residents, who are more likely than White residents to be stopped, searched, arrested, injured, or killed by the police. This resource increases accessibility and transparency of how public money is spent on policing in DC.

US Census: The Growing Racial and Ethnic Diversity in America

In 2019, the Census Bureau formed the Disseminating Diversity Working Group to develop a strategy for producing statistics on racial and ethnic diversity in the 2020 Census. Their goal was to provide the public a way they could explore racial and ethnic diversity and compositions for their own state and county.

Headwaters Economics: Wildfire Risk is an Equity Issue

Many leaders don't have a good sense of where exposure to wildfire intersects social and economic vulnerability. Headwaters Economics used Tableau to create powerful dashboards to visualize the inequitable realities of wildfire risk and help decision makers find solutions. By analyzing complex wildfire datasets from the U.S. Forest Service, the team has been able to determine who is most vulnerable to wildfire, and why.

A Way Home Washington: The Impact of COVID-19 on Young Adults in Washington State

These dashboards provide key data disaggregation by age and national averages and allow for the visualization of survey responses about employment, housing and food insecurity, education, and wellbeing, relative to the pandemic’s effect on young adults.

Digitunity: Bridging the Technology Gap

There are substantial disparities in computer access and ownership by race. When one drills down into the root causes of the digital divide, poverty is a leading issue. And race is a core factor when considering poverty. There's a direct line between the digital divide and race.

Equal Opportunity Schools: Measures That Matter

By measuring students’ experience of belonging in their classrooms, EOS aims to equip schools with an understanding of how to improve racial equity and inclusion in advanced high-school courses.

Civilytics: Prison Gerrymandering

Prison gerrymandering — the practice of using the U.S. Census counts of incarcerated people as residents of the prison location for legislative districting purposes — has a disproportionate racial impact in particular states. This affects political representation because most prisoners are often relocated hundreds of miles away from their family and community. Very rarely are the needs of the incarcerated a focus of legislators, even though they are counted as part of their district for appointment purposes.

Dr. Lawrence Brown: Baltimore's Black Butterfly and White L

The visualization focuses on the hypersegregation in the city of Baltimore. Dr. Lawrence Brown, a professor at Morgan State University, coined the description of the Black Butterfly and the White L to show the geography of entrenched racism and the sharp divides between white and Black neighborhoods. The dashboard shows how these divides manifest geographically and in the data.

Police Scorecard: Mapping Police Violence

In this comprehensive, unique data resource, users can explore data on over 16,000 police and sheriff's departments across the U.S. The data covers a range of indicators related to racial bias in policing, from department budgets to use of force to complaints of misconducts. Data is accessible at the departmental level and also presented nationally for a comparative view.

Feeding America: Identifying Racism in the Drivers of Food Insecurity

This dashboard from Feeding America tracks five key variables that impact one's ability to access food—poverty, disability, homeownership, unemployment, and median income. Explore each of these indicators at the state and food-bank level to understand how systemic disenfranchisement shows up as racial disparities across these five indicators and ultimately, food insecurity.

Southern Economic Advancement Project/FairCount: Creating vaccine equity in Georgia

This dashboard created by the Southern Economic Advancement Project to advance equitable access to vaccines in Georgia shows a real-time view of all available vaccination sites in the state, along with a look at community-level indicators that may pose barriers to access. With this dashboard, SEAP aims to support an equitable recovery from COVID-19 that ensures the state's most vulnerable residents are prioritized and supported.

Civil Rights Data Collection: Policing in our schools

This dashboard displays data from the U.S. Department of Education's Civil Rights Data Collection on key factors—down to the school district level—that negatively impact student outcomes by race: student referral to law enforcement, and students being arrested by police.

PolicyLink: Rent debt in America

Without sufficient eviction protection, debt relief, and financial support, COVID-impacted renters will be left behind as the states begin their path to recovery. Data on PolicyLink's National Equity Atlas shows that thee majority of renters in debt are low-wage workers of color that have been disproportionately affected by the economic shutdowns - only deepening racial and economic inequities.

COVID-19: Visualizing racial disparities to create a path toward equity

Broad, summarized data doesn't tell the story of the unique impacts and challenges faced by communities of color, especially Black/African-American and LatinX. To begin to understand how COVID-19 has impacted racial groups in the US—and to develop solutions—it’s necessary to look beyond the topline numbers and analyze disaggregated, localized data. Explore these powerful visualizations created by Julia Biedry Gonzalez to gain additional perspective on why data like this is so critical to our understanding of the inequities of COVID-19.

National Alliance to End Homelessness: Demographics of Homelessness

In America, all levels of government have historically worked to segregate and limit the places where people of color can live. Decades of exclusionary zoning and disinvestment still affect the housing outcomes. The data used for this visualization include homeless population counts from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development’s AHAR: 1) Estimates of Homelessness in the U.S. and 2) general population counts from the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Consumer Survey. These two data sets allow us to calculate per capita rates of homelessness.

PolicyLink: Black prosperity in America

These data from the Educational Attainment, Wages: Median, and Racial Equity in Income indicators on the National Equity Atlas show disparities driven by deep-seated anti-Black racism. Educational attainment gaps derive from segregation, disinvestment in neighborhoods and schools, and more. Racial wage gaps stem from these structures of oppression, but also anti-Black prejudice and a long history of segregating workers of color into lower-paying professions.

USAFacts: Racial disparities in policing

These dashboards show arrest rates per 100,000 people and crime rates across geographies. The data clearly show that Black Americans are arrested at much higher rates than Whites. It's important recognize how biases in policing and policies that have concentrated Black people in overpoliced neighborhoods have produced these disparities.