mySidewalk 101

Every Tuesday @ 10am - 11am CST
Every Thursday @ 2pm - 3pm CST

This introduction to the mySidewalk platform walks you step-by-step through how to create your own on-the-fly, data-driven reports using over 2,000 national datasets available in mySidewalk. This webinar is held twice a week, every week, to fit in your busy schedule.

Designing for Accessibility

October 10th, 2019 @ 10am - 11am CST

A successful dashboard is a well designed dashboard! One of our goals at mySidewalk is to give you the tools you need to communicate your data story. An essential piece of achieving that goal is your dashboard design. This webinar focuses on why you should make your dashboard accessible and how you can make it look good, communicate your message, and provide optimal accessibility for those in your community who may be visually impaired.

Just like we can't imagine a government building in 2019 not having wheelchair accessibility, we believe everyone should have equal access to the information we share publicly through our dashboards.

Recent Webinars:

Getting Eyes on your Community Story: An Interview with Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department

How do you get people to care about your Community Health Improvement Plan (CHIP)? How do you get people to not only see the data, but get involved? In this webinar Dr. Sarah Martin sat down with our friends from Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department to learn how they have used their CHIP dashboard to make a difference in their community.

Becoming Indispensable--Public Health Agencies as Chief Data Storytellers

Every day, public health agencies across the country are being asked to do more with less. Not only are they expected to fulfill their legal obligations and provide the core public health services, in many counties and cities they are becoming the go-to resource for credible analysis of social and economic policies. The move “upstream” is both a blessing and a curse--public health leaders have unprecedented levels of influence, but at the same time risk burning out their teams… many of whom may struggle with this new era of the field and the idea of becoming an expert in issues they have little experience with.

In this webinar, we explore best practices for crafting effective messages on social and economic policy. Using the experiences of our public health partners, we highlight different ways that health departments frame these weighty issues. We also explore how the mySidewalk template library can help save time and frustration when a health department is asked for analysis on things like housing, economic development, transportation or education.

This 45 minute webinar was held on February 28th and led by Dr. Sarah Martin, Director of Public Health for mySidewalk.

Commit to Innovative Community Engagement in 2019

We dig into how you can use demographic data to tailor public outreach strategies and methods for unique communities. Public involvement is an effective and necessary way to identify the needs of a wide variety of stakeholders, including individuals who may face challenges and barriers to participation in a city’s normal engagement processes.

Data can help you identify these individuals, uncover the specific challenges they face (both as they relate to engagement and to specific policies), and offer ideas for mitigating or overcoming those challenges. The webinar shows you how to use mySidewalk to improve outreach to individuals who will be directly affected by your work. You'll learn how to find important insights about any community, neighborhood, or study area.

Finding the Data Story in Your Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones are a new federal economic development tool designed to spur development in economically distressed neighborhoods. Every Opportunity Zone has a story and attracting positive, effective investment will hinge on the City's ability to tell it well. This webinar shows how to use mySidewalk to discover key strengths and needs in your local Opportunity Zones and turn what you learn into a visual, data-driven story highlighting the true opportunity in each zone.

In just half an hour, you'll learn important insights about your Opportunity Zones and leave with a resource you can use right away to educate and excite stakeholders - and we'll stick around after the webinar to answer questions about how you can continue to develop the story by leveraging the data and tools available in mySidewalk.