Hello! I hope you're safe and well - and thank you for taking the time to check in with mySidewalk's updates. There is a lot of important work to do, especially within public service, and we're incredibly honored to be a part of yours.

Between a pandemic and long-lasting inequities, communities everywhere face immense challenges. Across titles and organization - our customers continue to be the guiding light in our mission. We believe data can change the world, and we know our customers have the passion and empathy to make it happen.

We've been hard at work to provide you with the best tools and information possible to make change in your communities. To keep you informed and empowered, we've outlined the most recent updates for you from the last couple of months.

  • New Reports Templates
  • Data Additions & Updates
  • New Design & Functionality Features
  • Bug Fixes & Platform Stabilization

New Reports Templates

We love finding new ways to utilize our data library into new and engaging templates for you to pick up and run with as is, or customize to tell the stories that matter for your community. Over the past couple of months, we've added or updated 5 report templates for you to use.

1. Digital Inclusion - View Example

  • This report helps assess the digital divide within your area. There are varying approaches to defining the digital divide, what factors may impact it, and who may be most negatively impacted. To help you get started, we've included data-informed answers to all three questions.

2. Public Health: Clinical Health Indicators - View Example

  • Local residents and community leaders need evidence-based tools providing information on public health and community wellbeing in order to cultivate health and wellness at the individual and community levels. Analyze clinical measures of health, such as healthcare access and core health outcomes.

3. Environmental Justice Analysis - View Example

  • This report template is designed to help you quickly identify Environmental Justice areas in your community, so you can ensure fair treatment and meaningful involvement of all people - regardless of factors like race and income - in the development and implementation of laws and policies.

4. Public Engagement Guide - View Example

  • Public engagement is the process open communication when spending public dollars on a project. To help you get started, we've included over 30 data components across 5 topic areas - representation, written materials, online accessibility, location accessibility, and when to hold an event.

5. Outcomes and Benchmarking - View Example

  • This report template is designed to help you identify community outcome indicators that match your priorities, establish local benchmarks, and discover peer areas for comparison. Understanding your desired outcomes and defining standards allows you to measure the change you hope to create.

We're already working on some upcoming templates we're excited to share - but you can get started right now by creating these for your community in just a few minutes.

New Design & Functionality Features

A cleaner & more intuitive map legend.

As we and our customers develop more complex maps with our growing data library, it's important to maintain design standards for accessibility and interactivity. To create a more flexible experience, we've moved legends to beneath maps within mySidewalk, as shown below on both desktop and mobile devices. No matter what data you're visualizing, how many indicators you use, or where you view it: your maps are designed for complete and seamless understanding.

Adding clarity & flexibility to datasets.

To deliver a clear and consistent experience working with data in our platform, we made a couple updates to allow you to visualize time labels to your data and sort variables in a number of different ways.

  1. Added the ability to visualize a time element on a callout.
  2. Improved dataset names within Time Series visualizations by adding a year label to the beginning of each characteristic type name. We also extended the functionality to Bar and Pie charts.
  3. Added the ability to sort component variables by various orders.

Publishing functionality and visual updates:

  • Added a persistent publish banner, previously only located on dashboards, to reports so you can quickly publish or remember if a report is live or not.
  • Added a Save as Report option to dashboard pages, so you can quickly create a new and separate report based on content already within a dashboard page.
  • Added 12 more icons to callouts, including: Laptop, Internet, Recycling, Firetruck, Call, Microscope, Eye, and more!

Data Additions & Updates

Good information matters, and while we're incredibly proud of our data library, we're always seeking continuous improvement in providing the information possible. We've outlined and linked to the newest data updates below, highlighted by our new monthly updating unemployment and workforce data!

Measuring the impacts of COVID-19 is crucial to an effective and equitable recovery. This dataset contains a rolling set of the last 36 months, updated monthly with the most recent month added and the oldest month removed.

See the data in our library here, and check out the video below for a quick tutorial:

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) - View Data

  • Local Area Unemployment Statistics (LAUS): 2019 data was added. Data is now available yearly 2007-2019. As noted above, monthly data is also now available for unemployment rate, employment, unemployment, and labor force.
  • Quarterly Census of Employment and Wages (QCEW)
    Added Average Annual Wages data for 2019. Data is available yearly 2012-2019.

American Community Survey (ACS) 2014-2018 - View Data

  • We added 246 new characteristic types covering a variety of topics, such as seniors living alone, health insurance by employment, computer access, & more.

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - View Data

  • 500 Cities Project: Added 16 new characteristic types covering arthritis, binge drinking, cholesterol screening, dental visits, and more. Note: The data is only available for the nation, 498 places, and 38% of census tract geographies (tracts in/near the select cities).
  • Agency for Toxic Substances & Disease Registry (ASTDR); The Social Vulnerability Index (SVI): Added 'Daytime population' characteristic type and updated all other characteristic types with 2018 data. Note: Components already created using this data are now updated with the most recent data.

US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Picture of Subsidized Households - View Data

  • Added additional years. Data now available yearly 2016-2019.

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) - View Data

  • Updated the 9 characteristic types to include patents created 2010 through 2019.

FFIEC Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) - View Data

  • Mortgage by race and mortgage by ethnicity were added for the most recent year of data (2018).

Bug Fixes & Stabilization

We have some serious fixers at mySidewalk who have been working to provide you with a smooth experience in our platform. Recent bug fixes are listed below.

  • Improving the way map components move to new geographies when inheriting geography changes from the dashboard or report.
  • Fixed an issue blocking users from saving collection components as reports.
  • Fixed an issue where layers that contained column names with trailing spaces would not display properly in the app.
  • Fixed an issue where swapping the primary geography of a document would produce a conflict warning message if the document contained a map.
  • Fixed an issue where switching to a geography where the sub geography was unavailable would force inheriting maps to act erratically.
  • Fixed an issue where users were unable to utilize the Download Result GeoJSON option if the transformation was geocoded.
  • Various enhancements to improve the overall platform experience.

That’s it for this roundup! We'll be sharing more updates and announcements in the coming weeks. As always, we'd love to see if you’ve been using mySidewalk in your work recently. Share and tag us @mysidewalkhq, or connect with us at [email protected]. Thank you for your continued work and service.

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