Community Boards don’t have the capacity – staff, time, resources, expertise – to collect data and analyze it. Yet they need data in order to learn about existing conditions and embark on local initiatives.
For example, Bronx Community Board 7 created an extensive mapping database in collaboration with Lehman College and the Pratt Center. The Community Board is using the neighborhood economic resources survey to promote community outreach, public safety, and business development initiatives.
New solutions can assist Boards in identifying local professionals. Tools can also help Boards become familiar with existing data sets. Here are some examples.