Report Templates are designed to help people answer specific questions faster. Each mySidewalk Report Template contains a combination of datasets, text, maps, and charts that, when applied to your city or project boundary, can provide insight, help answer everyday community questions, and cut out some of the legwork of data analysis. The Templates we’ve created are research-based, rooted in the questions our customers face regularly, and housed in our Template Library.

From the top Menu, click Reports on the left of the page, then click the Template Library on the top right. Here you will be able to browse the templates the mySidewalk team has prepared. 

When you find a Template that interests you, click on it to open the Report Template page where you can start customizing the template.

All Report Templates available in the mySidewalk library are indicative of the types of reports and performance measures that our customers utilize daily. These have been researched and created by in-house economists and data-scientists. Each Template will give you an overview, or snapshot, of your community or project area — such as Indicators of Economic Activity, Educational Profile, or Housing Market Indicators. While these Reports Templates are an excellent way to get a jump-start on your analysis, feel free to add, edit, or remove components as you see fit!

Let’s take a look at the Indicators of Economic Activity Report Template. 

This report template is focused on understanding local labor market conditions, such as the unemployment rate, employment rate, labor market engagement index, educational attainment, and labor force participation. Each of these datasets are accompanied by a text block that further describes the data, why it’s important, and how the data will help you understand the economic activity within your area of interest.

Editing Report Templates:

A report template is a suggestion and a starting point. To get more value out of your Report Template, you may want to add more data or a comparative geography. You also might want to change the text from the explanation of why the data is useful to insights you can see in the data for your community. 

Update Geography: The Report Template will be automatically applied to your default geography. To update the geography, or to add a comparison:

  1. Locate Report Settings on the right-hand side. Click Add geography.
  2. Add up to 5 more geographies. Any geographies you have drawn or uploaded will be in the Custom Geographies column on the right-hand side. 
  3. When you’ve completed your selection, click Complete Selection.
  4. The Report will update to reflect these changes.

Removing Components: Locate the component you would like to remove from your report. 

  1. Hover your cursor over the dataset, chart, text, image, or map you would like to remove.
  2. In the right-hand corner of the component, click Delete, then Confirm Delete.

Adding Components: To add a new component, click the blue + button to the left-hand side and select the component you want to add to your report. Like any report or dashboard, you will then be able to add data, and make edits, and click done.  

You can also rename your report or move it to a folder by going to the edit panel and clicking rename or navigating to the three dots next to the current report name and selecting move to

Pro Tip: Did you create a custom report that you think could be a great foundation for a mySidewalk Report Template for other communities to use? Great! Let your Customer Development Manager know and we can explore adding it to our growing library. 

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